Inner city residents have the highest environmental impact | The Urbanist | The Glory of the Garden |
Despite high densities, inner city residents have the largest negative impact on the environment because they're richer and live in smaller households...


"The first attribute is wealth – inner city residents are richer on average than other Australians. Income is very strongly correlated with environmental impact. Wealthier people buy more “stuff” like food, furniture, electronics and clothes that has a high direct and indirect negative impact on the environment. They fly a lot more than others too, both for work and leisure."


"The second attribute is household size – inner city residents live on average in smaller households, mostly of one and two persons. Their per capita environmental impact is consequently large because they don’t take advantage of economies of scale."