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Charlotte named most socially responsible big city in America

Charlotte is the most socially responsible big city in America, according to a national survey. (Credit: The Charlotte Observer) Charlotte is the most socially responsible big city in America, according to a national survey. (Credit: The Charlotte Observer)
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Charlotte is the most socially responsible big city in America, according to a national survey.

The Conscious Consumer Spending Index ranked America’s 50 largest cities on their earth-friendly practices, socially conscious shoppers and nonprofit giving.

Long Beach, Calif., ranked highest for earth-friendly practices and the most socially conscious consumers, while Virginia Beach, Va., was the nation’s most charitable big city, the index found. Charlotte’s second-place finish in each category propelled the Queen City to No. 1 overall. Raleigh ranked 12th, the only other Carolinas city on the list.

The index sampled 5,096 Americans on their buying habits, nonprofit giving and environmental practices, according to Good.Must.Grow, a marketing consultant for socially responsible businesses, nonprofit causes and organizations. The firm conducts the index and city rankings.

Charlotte has appeared near the top of a lot of such national rankings of late.

The city placed eighth among the top 10 most affordable metro areas for renters, according to a recent study by Apartment List, an online rental marketplace. Raleigh was No. 3 in the study, which used census data on rents and incomes to determine which metropolitan areas were the most affordable for renters in 2016.

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Another study, by the personal finance company SmartAsset, ranked Charlotte and Raleigh among the five cities with the fastest-growing incomes from 2015 to 2016. The study analyzed U.S. Census data on median household income from 2015 and 2016.

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Not all such national studies are so favorable to the city and North Carolina.

A recent study by Freddie Mac found that rising rents are pushing more apartments out of reach for very low-income renters in Charlotte – and North Carolina – so quickly that such housing is on the verge of disappearing. Rents are going up fast at the more affordable apartments as well.

RELATED: Affordable housing for the very low income is disappearing in Charlotte, new study finds

A study released in September found that more than a third of teachers in North Carolina’s traditional public schools are chronically absent – double the rate of their peers in the state’s charter schools,

[RELATED: NC public school teachers are absent more than charter school teachers, study finds]

Yet another study found that North Carolina residents aren’t the fattest in the country, but they’re far from the most fit.

The state ranked 16th on a list of the “fattest” states in America, according to the WalletHub personal finance site. The higher the number, the healthier the state.

[RELATED: Where does North Carolina rank among the “fattest” states?]

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