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The 12 cities with the most trees around the world

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Central Park in New York City — though it didn’t make the top 7 in this list.

There’s a global movement to encourage cities to grow more trees and plan more parks. But which ones have the most green space today?

To get a clearer picture, MIT’s Senseable Lab partnered with the World Economic Forum (WEF) to create Treepedia, a site with interactive maps that show the density of greenery in major cities around the world. 

The researchers used information from Google Street View to determine what they call the “Green View Index,” a rating that quantifies each city’s percentage of canopy coverage based on aerial images. When it launched in 2016, Treepedia featured 10 cities, but the team has since added five more to its list. 

The goal of Treepedia is to make make urban planning more accessible to those outside the field, MIT’s Carlo Ratti said in a press release.

Check out which cities boast the highest Green View Indexes below.

12. Los Angeles, California — 15.2%

Check out the interactive map of Los Angeles

11. Tel Aviv, Israel — 17.5%

Check out the interactive map of Tel Aviv

10. Boston, Massachusetts — 18.2%

Check out the interactive map of Boston

9. Miami, Florida — 19.4%

Check out the interactive map of Miami

8. Toronto, Canada — 19.5%

Check out the interactive map of Toronto

7. Seattle, Washington — 20%

Check out the interactive map of Seattle

6. Amsterdam, Netherlands — 20.6%

Check out the interactive map of Amsterdam

5. Geneva, Switzerland — 21.4%

Check out the interactive map of Geneva

4. Frankfurt, Germany — 21.5%

Check out the interactive map of Frankfurt

3. Sacramento, California — 23.6%

Check out the interactive map of Sacramento

2. Vancouver, Canada — 25.9%

Check out the interactive map of Vancouver

1. Singapore — 29.3%

Here’s what Singapore’s Treepedia map looks like:

Singapore is known for its sleek high-rises and emphasis on trees and plazas. 

By 2030, the city hopes to expand its green spaces even more — the goal is for 85% of its residents to live within 400 meters from a park, according to a 2013 Land Use Plan.

Check out the interactive map of Singapore

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