Missoula - One of Top "Green" Commuter Towns, See List of Others

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Missoula, Montana was recently named Ninth in the category of "Greenest Commuter Towns" by AARP. This was based on a 2007 Census Bureau Estimate that 8.91% of Missoulians bike or walk to work.

Missoula promotes biking and walking to work with Missoula in Motion - a program designed to help local businesses, institutions and individuals address transportation issues within the Missoula community. Missoula in Motion has a Way to Go Club as a special way to reward those throughout the community who are choosing a different option than driving alone in their cars. You can join free at http://missoulainmotion.com/.

The other towns that ranked in this AARP report include:

1.) Ithaca, NY - 16.88%

2.) State College, PA 12.75

3.) Corvallis, OR 12.03

4.) Jacksonville, NC 11.14

5.) Ames, Iowa 10.67

6.) Iowa City, Iowa 9.68

7.) Flagstaff, AZ 9.47

8.) Champaign-Urbana, Ill 8.98

9.) Missoula, MT 8.91

10.) Ann Arbor, Mich 3.21

Source - AARP Magazine, Census Bureau 2007 Results





Comments (6)

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Those are pretty interesting although I don't think I would have thought NY would make that list...Ithica I believe is a college town which might help it's stats.  Thanks for an interesting read.

Aug 17, 2008 11:55 PM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Thanks for sharing this list! Interesting to note that four of the ten cities (State College, Iowa City, Champaign-Urbana, and Ann Arbor) are home to Big Ten universities.

Aug 18, 2008 02:57 AM
Monica Bourgeau
Portland, OR
Business Coaching

Hi Carole - thanks for the note, I was actually surprised about several of the towns on the list.

John - I see your point, I bet there is something to the college environment. Missoula is the home to the University of Montana and is very college oriented also.

Aug 20, 2008 06:50 AM
Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

I find it interesting that Californians think everything starts here and when you look at this list, the midwest is well represented.  We have a way to go California.

Aug 21, 2008 07:08 AM
-- Casey Brischle
Columbia Bank - Spokane, WA
Spokane Home Loan Mortgage Professional

I love Missoula.  That town is so awesome!  What I love most though?  The Staggering Ox's sandwiches! :)

Aug 21, 2008 09:01 AM
Monica Bourgeau
Portland, OR
Business Coaching

Hi Terrylynn - that is interesting, I would have thought California would have ranked higher also.

Casey - I agree, Missoula is great. And you're right, the Staggering Ox has awesome sandwiches, that's the only place I have ever seen that kind of bread.

Aug 21, 2008 09:08 AM