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The 20 best cities to own an electric vehicle, ranked

Dan Latu,Catherine Boudreau   

The 20 best cities to own an electric vehicle, ranked
Salt Lake City.Jeremy Poland/Getty Images
  • Electric vehicle ownership is on the rise, with 1.2 million cars sold last year.
  • Realtor.com and Kelley Blue Book ranked the top 20 US cities for EV owners to live.

2023 was a banner year for electric vehicles, with a record 1.2 million sold in the United States — about 8% of all cars sold, according to research firm Kelley Blue Book.

But for climate-conscious car buyers, the EV lifestyle requires more planning than just driving off the lot.

To ease range anxiety, EV buyers want to either charge overnight at home or live close to a public charging station. Those factors make where you buy a home just as important a decision as which model you drive.

Following the explosion in electric-car popularity, home-listings site Realtor.com partnered with Kelley Blue Book, which is owned by automotive-technology firm Cox Automotive, to identify the top housing markets for EV drivers.

The researchers weighed two factors. First, the percentage of homes in a market that advertised their friendliness for electric vehicles, including at-home charging stations. Second, the density of electric vehicles compared to available public charging ports.

Many of the top markets are — not surprisingly — clustered around tech and startup hubs like San Francisco, Boston, and Salt Lake City. California dominates, with eight metropolitan areas in the top 20.

Of course, the market for EVs is still small. In and around San Jose, a city an hour south of San Francisco that is home to a number of tech companies, only about 5% of listings mentioned electric vehicles — but that was the most of any metro area.

Those figures could rise as homeowners take advantage of federal rebates and tax breaks to install at-home electric-car chargers. The Biden administration is also subsidizing public charging infrastructure.

Some home sellers, though, are already touting their EV-readiness for a competitive edge. A three-bedroom townhouse in San Jose, on the market for almost $1.3 million, boasts a "2-car garage with 220v outlet to charge your electric vehicle."

"Mirroring the rise in the number of electric vehicles, the share of homes marketing EV-friendly characteristics on Realtor.com is growing over time," said Danielle Hale, an economist at Realtor.com.

Read on for the top 20 metros for electric-car owners, as determined by Realtor.com and Kelley Blue Book.

20. Las Vegas, Nevada

20. Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada.      Matteo Colombo/Getty

Share of EV-friendly listings: 1.1%

Number of EVs per public charging port: 28

19. Fresno, California

19. Fresno, California
Fresno, California.      MattGush/Getty Images

Share of EV-friendly listings: 0.7%

Number of EVs per public charging port: 14

18. Portland, Oregon

18. Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon.      James Bentley Photography/Shutterstock

Share of EV-friendly listings: 1.7%

Number of EVs per public charging port: 32

17. Portland, Maine

17. Portland, Maine
Portland, Maine.      Ultima_Gaina/Getty Images

Share of EV-friendly listings: 0.8%

Number of EVs per public charging port: 13

16. Honolulu

16. Honolulu
Honolulu.      Art Wager/Getty Images

Share of EV-friendly listings: 2.1%

Number of EVs per public charging port: 36

15. Riverside, California

15. Riverside, California
Riverside, California.      Davel5957/Getty Images

Share of EV-friendly listings: 2.6%

Number of EVs per public charging port: 33

14. Oxnard, California

14. Oxnard, California
Oxnard, California.      benedek/Getty Images

Share of EV-friendly listings: 2.9%

Number of EVs per public charging port: 40

13. Atlanta, Georgia

13. Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia.      Kevin Ruck/Shutterstock

Share of EV-friendly listings: 1.3%

Number of EVs per public charging port: 19

12. Sacramento, California

12. Sacramento, California
Sacramento, California.      Hunter Souza/Getty Images

Share of EV-friendly listings: 1.9%

Number of EVs per public charging port: 26

11. San Diego, California

11. San Diego, California
San Diego, California.      Ron Thomas and Patty Thomas/Getty Images

Share of EV-friendly listings: 2.6%

Number of EVs per public charging port: 30

10. Denver, Colorado

10. Denver, Colorado
Denver, Colorado.      f11photo/Shutterstock

Share of EV-friendly listings: 1.6%

Number of EVs per public charging port: 20

9. Washington DC

9. Washington DC
Washington DC.      Wasin Pummarin/Getty Images

Share of EV-friendly listings: 1.6%

Number of EVs per public charging port: 19

8. Los Angeles

8. Los Angeles
Los Angeles.      Neal Pritchard Photography/Getty Images

Share of EV-friendly listings: 3.1%

Number of EVs per public charging port: 29

7. Austin

7. Austin
Austin.      Kruck20/Getty Images

Share of EV-friendly listings: 2.0%

Number of EVs per public charging port: 24

6. Durham, North Carolina

6. Durham, North Carolina
Durham, North Carolina.      Sean Pavone/Getty Images

Share of EV-friendly listings: 1.7%

Number of EVs per public charging port: 21

5. Seattle

5. Seattle
Seattle.      halbergman/Getty Images

Share of EV-friendly listings: 3.3%

Number of EVs per public charging port: 29

4. Boston

4. Boston
Boston.      John Coletti/Getty Images

Share of EV-friendly listings: 1.3%

Number of EVs per public charging port: 13

3. San Francisco

3. San Francisco
San Francisco.      Alexandr Spatari/Getty Images

Share of EV-friendly listings: 3.8%

Number of EVs per public charging port: 29

2. Salt Lake City

2. Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City.      Jeremy Poland/Getty Images

Share of EV-friendly listings: 1.6%

Number of EVs per public charging port: 17

1. San Jose, California

1. San Jose, California
San Jose, California.      Steve Proehl/Getty Images

Share of EV-friendly listings: 4.9%

Number of EVs per public charging port: 24


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