Seattle comes in at number two on the new list released by Central Connecticut State University, while Bakersfield, Calif. is ranked as the least literate city in America.
A growing numbers of skiers in Colorado want to try backcountry skiing, away from the groomed and patrolled trails. Shan Sethna's classes help newcomers learn about avalanche dangers.
If many people resolve to make their lives just a little greener in 2012 it could make a huge difference.
Snowstorm watchers say the snowstorm that hit the southwestern US will lose some steam as it leaves the region, but travel is still difficult in Kansas and the Texas Panhandle.
Blizzard conditions shut down parts of I-40 and I-70 in New Mexico, Kansas, and Texas. At least six traffic fatalities were blamed on the snowstorm and high winds.