Minneapolis-St Paul rated cleanest metro by Travel & Leisure

It's a clean machine
It's a clean machine

"Maybe it's the eight miles of covered skyways that keeps trash off the streets and parks," writes Travel and Leisure magazine. "(Or maybe it's an out-of-sight, out-of-mind thing.) Regardless, America's Favorite Cities survey takers voted the Twin Cities as the country's cleanest city."

The survey was actually to name the dirtiest city in the country. That would be New York. "The City That Never Sleeps is also the city that never cleans, so it seems. With low scores for public parks and environmental friendliness, and the lowest score for peace and quiet, the Big Apple grabs the ignominious title of America's dirtiest city."

Here's the rankings, with the least dirtiest (us) at No. 30:

No. 30. Minneapolis/St. Paul No. 29. Portland, OR No. 28. Denver No. 27. Austin No. 26. Santa Fe No. 25. San Diego No. 24. Charleston No. 23. Honolulu No. 22. Seattle No. 21. Kansas City No. 20. Nashville No. 19. Phoenix/Scottsdale No. 18. Providence No. 17. Orlando No. 16. San Antonio No. 15. Chicago No. 14. Houston No. 13. Washington, D.C. No. 12. Boston No. 11. Dallas/Fort Worth No. 10. St. Louis No. 9. San Francisco No. 8. Cleveland No. 7. Miami No. 6. Atlanta No. 5. Las Vegas No. 4. Philadelphia No. 3. Los Angeles No. 2. New Orleans No. 1. New York City

Based on what? Perceptions:

The results are based on public opinion, both of residents and tourists. So while the rankings come from people's perceptions--and not hard science--remember that a huge part of travel is the way visitors perceive a destination.

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