Even with the environmental problems created over the years by the infamous Love Canal, West Valley Nuclear Depository, shuttered industrial plants like Bethlehem Steel, Tonawanda Coke and the coal-fired Huntley Generating Plant, New York State has done very well in cleaning up its air, water and soil.

A new report by the personal finance website WalletHub compared the 50 states using 27 variables measuring Environmental Quality, Eco-Friendly Behaviors and State's Contributions to Climate Change.  When all those factors were calculated New York State came out the 2nd best in the entire country.  Only Vermont did a slightly better job.

  • New York was the best state in the country in lowest gasoline consumption per capita.
  • Second best in energy consumption per capita.
  • 7th in soil quality
  • 15th in air quality
  • 19th in water quality

If you were wondering which state was the least environmentally friendly - it was Louisiana by a wide margin, ranking dead last or near last in every major category.

Here is the complete WalletHub report:

Source: WalletHub