What if we told you that drinking coffee could save the world? You’d think we were off our rockers, but thanks to the results of a new study, a correlation has been found between America’s top coffee-drinking cities and eco-friendliness.


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Specifically, the cities with the most coffee shops are also the cities with most businesses that have adopted environmentally-friendly practices. The study looked at a sample group of 728 cities with populations of 50,000 people and that most of the coffee-concentrated areas are out west. Not surprisingly, six of the top ten cities are in Washington State. Santa Monica is the java shop “hub” so-to-speak while Seattle (Starbucks’s place of origin) was the green. Here is a definitive list of the finalists:

Top 10 coffee-drinking cities in the U.S.:

  1. Santa Monica, CA – 5.1 coffee shops per capita; 3.6 GA score
  2. Redmond, WA – 4.9 coffee shops per capita; 4.3 GA score
  3. Everett, WA – 4.5 coffee shops per capita; 3.9 GA score
  4. Medford, OR – 4.4 coffee shops per capita; 4 GA score
  5. Vancouver, WA – 4.2 coffee shops per capita; 4 GA score
  6. Sarasota, FL – 4.1 coffee shops per capita; 2.4 GA score
  7. Seattle, WA – 4.1 coffee shops per capita; 4.4 GA score
  8. Auburn, WA – 4 coffee shops per capita; 3.7 GA score
  9. Minneapolis, MN – 3.9 coffee shops per capita; 3.5 GA score
  10. Bellingham, WA – 3.9 coffee shops per capita; 4.2 GA score


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