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Where to live in the United States combined energy demand for heating and cooling in the 50 largest metropolitan areas.

In: Cities. Vol. 25, issue 6 (Dec. 2008), p. 396-398.

Authors: Michael Sivak.

The 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States were examined to estimate the combined energy demand per person for residential heating and cooling. The analysis used heating and cooling degree days data to produce a combined index of total energy demand for climate control. The main results are as follows: (1) the two extremes on this combined index, San Diego (the lowest) and Minneapolis (the highest) show a fourfold difference in total energy demand; (2) the metropolitan areas with the greatest total energy demand are those with the greatest heating demand; (3) the areas with the greatest cooling demand have moderate total energy demand. The tabular information presented could be used as one relevant input for individual decision-making concerning where to live in the United States.