2013 “Tree City, USA” state rankings


Source: fosston.com

Source: fosston.com

Given that April is both the month of Earth Day (22nd) and Arbor Day (general the last Friday in April or the 26th in 2013), it seemed fitting to conclude the month with a blog post about those states with the most number of communities that have received the honor of being named a “Tree City, USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation. The following chart shows the rankings as of April 2013 for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. While the District of Columbia is at an obvious disadvantage in sheer number of communities, it can claim a victory as the only jurisdiction with 100% participation.

RANK STATE NUMBER RANK STATE NUMBER
1 Ohio 235 27 Montana 41
2 Wisconsin 189 28 Massachusetts 39
3 Florida 165 South Carolina 39
4 Illinois 154 30 Arkansas 38
5 New Jersey 153 Tennessee 38
6 California 131 32 Mississippi 35
7 Georgia 130 33 South Dakota 34
8 Michigan 120 34 Maryland 33
9 Kansas 106 35 Kentucky 31
Nebraska 106 36 Arizona 24
11 Pennsylvania 105 37 Oklahoma 23
12 Minnesota 100 38 Maine 18
13 New York 95 39 Connecticut 17
14 Colorado 91 40 West Virginia 16
15 Iowa 88 41 North Dakota 15
16 Washington 82 42 Delaware 13
17 Missouri 79 New Mexico 13
Utah 79 44 Nevada 11
19 Texas 77 New Hampshire 11
20 North Carolina 72 46 Louisiana 9
21 Alabama 71 Rhode Island 9
22 Idaho 67 48 Alaska 8
23 Indiana 65 Hawaii 8
24 Oregon 57 50 Vermont 7
25 Virginia 55 51 District of Columbia 1
26 Wyoming 45
Source: http://www.arborday.org/programs/treeCityUSA/map.cfm – April 2013

I have got to admit that a few of the results surprised me, particularly the low number of participating communities in Vermont – a state that I would have thought would be front and center on such a designation. Kudos to Ohio for leading the nation in this ranking and all those twelve states who can claim 100 or more communities designated as Tree Cities.

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