Time-saving score: 19.5
Despite frigid winters, Minneapolis is number one for farmers’ markets and number two for bike accessibility, and it has one of the highest numbers of community gardens per capita. A citywide wireless network provides low-cost Internet access. Snow-emergency alerts go out via text message, e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter. And savvy locals know that when it’s cold outside, there’s hot, fast food at Punch Pizza, a popular Twin Cities chain that cranks out crusty Neapolitan pies in 90 seconds flat.
Getting around: 4.5
Health and safety: 3
Information and technology: 4.5
Green time-savers: 4.5