1.8 Million Jobs and Growing in Top 50 US Metros

The Top 50 metro areas for clean jobs now employ 1.8 million workers in clean energy technologies, accounting for more than one out of every two clean energy jobs in the country – which alone outnumbers the fossil fuel industry by around 700,000.

These are Americans who go to work each day making downtown skyscrapers more energy efficient; manufacturing Energy Star appliances and clean vehicles; installing solar panels on urban warehouses and suburban homes.

Unsurprisingly, the country’s biggest metropolitan areas – New York and Los Angeles – have the most clean energy workers. But smaller and mid-sized metro areas across every region in the continental US – such as Detroit, San Diego, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Phoenix, and Atlanta – all rank high on the list.


According to Clean Jobs Cities:

  • 33 states and the District of Columbia are home to Top 50 metro areas for clean energy jobs, accounting for every region in the continental U.S.
  • All Top 50 metros employ more than 10,000 clean energy workers
  • The Top 50 metros make up 58% of the nation’s 3.2 million clean energy jobs
  • SEVEN States have three or more cities ranked in the top 50, led by California (8) and Texas (4)
  • 162,051 MORE Americans in just the Clean Jobs Cities Top 50 metros work in energy efficiency than the entire nationwide fossil fuel industry
  • Renewable energy workers in the Clean Jobs Cities Top 50 outnumber coal industry workers nationwide by nearly 2X


If you are looking for additional insight into  E2’s Clean Jobs Cities report or our other clean jobs reports, visit e2.org/reports or see Clean Jobs Count for a full interactive jobs breakdown of every U.S. state and clean energy industry. You can also contact E2 Communications Director Michael Timberlake (mtimberlake@e2.org).

An FAQ is also available here to answer any questions.

The complete report is available here and below.