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Tampa named world’s biggest ‘tree city’

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Tampa is great for many reasons, and now we can add branches and leaves to that never-ending list. 

Tampa was ranked as the No. 1 city in the world to have the most trees.

To get a clearer picture of which cities are stocked with tree coverage, Treepedia was born. 

Researchers at MIT’s Senseable Lab and the World Economic Forum (WEF) created the interactive map to measure the amount of vegetation in major cities around the world.

Tampa soared to the top of the list beating out 26 other power places with a whopping 36 percent of trees covering our landscape. 

Singapore settled for second place, with 7 percent less greenery than Tampa.

Oslo, Norway followed closely behind, rounding out the top three lush towns. 

The next U.S. city to even appear on the list was Sacramento, Calif. at No. 9 with trees scattered across only 23 percent of the city.

Another Sunshine State city snagged No. 15 on the list after the software showed 19 percent of Miami is covered in shrubs.

Experts at MIT said the goal of Treepedia is to make urban planning more accessible to those all over the world. 


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