America’s Most Fuel-Efficient Neighborhoods

See which neighborhoods in the U.S. boast commutes that require the least amount of fuel.

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Brooklyn Heights residents have six subway lines to choose from at three different stops in addition to bus service. They are also able to stroll or bike along tree-lined streets to museums, concert halls and Prospect Park. Rides to LaGuardia and JFK airports are quick while being free of bridge and tunnel tolls. The Long Island Railroad station allows for quick beach retreats.
Living in Koreatown carries 25% less transportation cost than another close-in community, Inglewood, Calif. A commercial district with malls, discount outlets and Korean barbecue spots makes it easy to shop for a variety of items from one central location.
The Logan Square neighborhood outside of Chicago is environmentally efficient whether you are traveling in or out of the area. Buses and air trains take suburbanites into the city for work and reverse commuters into the busy Loop business district in the suburbs. And the El train ferry gets travelers to O'Hare airport in less than 30 minutes.
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Arlington, Virginia residents have much shorter commutes than surrounding area residents to Northern Virginia's plentiful high-tech and defense contracting jobs. Plus, the metro can take them to one area airport and the bus to another. And if the easy commutes are still too stressful for people, they can eat healthy at a new Whole Foods or relax at one of the many spas opening in the neighborhood.
The Mission in California's Bay Area may be pricey, but you'll surely save money on gas living there. Commutes are almost half the length of time as those of residents living on the East Bay and the hipest night clubs and restaurants are only a short walk away.
Fishtown, located along Pennsylvania’s Delaware River is becoming on the hippest most fuel-efficient spots in the country. Philly is just a shuttle away but residents can easily enjoy their weekends on foot wandering around their own neighborhoods’ thrift shops and bookstores.
Not far outside of Boston, the lush neighborhood of Jamaica Plain provides easy access to public transportation and to the city’s central business district. The Southwest Corridor Park also boasts a widely used bike path that runs alongside and underground the tracks of a subway line.
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Including the Ferndale, Huntington Woods and Berkeley sections of Detroit, the corridor stretches for 27 miles over 11 municipalities and has the largest number of jobs. In Detroit upwards of 12% of residents use public transportation.
Greenville is distinct from other Dallas suburbs because residents commuting to downtown can get there in just 10 minutes. Public transit ridership is at 11% thanks to a centrally located Dallas Area Transit Station that can shuttle people to pretty much anywhere in the city.
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Montrose, including the University of St. Thomas, is west of Houston's revitalized downtown and has household transportation costs that are 25% less than many other suburbs in Galveston County. It helps that Montrose is centrally located between the city's business district and sports venues and the shopping hub of Uptown.
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