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Post-Oil Preparation

A study by Common Current ranks the 50 largest US cities based on readiness for a post-cheap-oil world.

1. San Francisco

2. New York

3. Washington D.C.

4. Seattle

5. Oakland

6. Chicago

7. Portland, OR

8. Philadelphia

9. Baltimore

10. Boston

The study, “Major US City Post-Oil Preparedness,” ranked the cities based on combined city resident public transit use, carpooling rates, public transit ridership, sprawl, telecommuting, biking and walking-to-work rates, and use of heating oil.

Common Current is a privately held economic development consulting firm working with government, business, and other organizations.

“Metro areas that have low carbon as well as no-carbon mobility options will be the most able to carry on as the nation faces falling home suburban prices, oil disruptions and new climate change regulations,” said study author Warren Karlenzig, President of Common Current.

The bottom five were: Fort Worth, TX and Memphis TN (T-45), Tulsa (47), Indianapolis (48), Jacksonville (49) and Oklahoma City (50). Minneapolis ranked 11 and Milwaukee tied for 19.

The study also ranked cities in individual categories, with the following garnering high marks.

• Carpooling: Mesa, AZ

• Telecommuting: San Francisco

• Public Transit Use: New York City

• Walk/Bike Commute Rate: Boston

• Least sprawl: New York