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A new analysis of U.S. Census data puts Evanston among the top ten communities in the nation for environmentally-friendly approaches to getting to work.

The report, from a website called NerdWallet, gives towns points for the percentage of people who work at home or walk or bike to work, and for those who taking public transportation or carpool.

Evanston ranked 10th in the nation, at 39.8 points just a fraction of a point above Boulder, Col.

But lest we get too enchanted with our own high-minded performance — it should be noted that the top ranked town — Cambridge, Mass. — scored 61.1 points.

In Cambridge 36.4 percent of workers either work at home or walk or bike to work — compared to 21.2 percent in Evanston.

The other top towns in the top ten for green commuting were in the Boston, New York and San Francisco metro areas.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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