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How eco-friendly is North Carolina compared to other states?

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — Today is Earth Day, a celebration honoring nature and the role people play in keeping the planet clean.

Earth Day’s history stretches back to the 1970s and is a real part of the fabric of the country.

Wallethub, a financial website, is ranking the eco-friendliness of each state.

The site links eco-friendliness to long-term financial stability in areas such as energy consumption and disaster cleanup costs.

Wallethub compared each of the 50 states using 14 key metrics, such as air quality, water quality and gasoline consumption.

Vermont got the top spot with high scores in both environmental quality and eco-friendly behavior categories. Last on the list; Louisiana.

So, how eco-friendly is North Carolina?

North Carolina ranked 22 overall, 26 for environmental quality and 21 for eco-friendly behaviors.

However, North Carolina ranked 39 for lowest water quality.