The 12 cities with the most trees around the world

Shutterstock/Gregory James Van RaalteCentral 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. On Wednesday, this year’s International Day of Forests encourages urban areas to invest in green spaces.

To get a clearer picture of which cities have the most tree coverage today, 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 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 statement.

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


12. Los Angeles, California — 15.2%

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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%

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9. Miami, Florida — 19.4%

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8. Toronto, Canada — 19.5%

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7. Seattle, Washington — 20%

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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%

Dinu Dominic Manns/Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0The European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany.

Check out the interactive map of Frankfurt


3. Sacramento, California — 23.6%

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2. Vancouver, Canada — 25.9%

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1. Singapore — 29.3%


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

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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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