If you’re looking for employment in the cleantech industry, then Boston, Massachusetts may be your dream job oasis. Recently Shawn Lesser created a list of the Top Ten Cleantech Cities in the United States and Boston landed in the top spot.

One of the reasons Boston was chosen as the top cleantech city was the availability of venture capital. According to the article, Boston is only second to California in terms of venture capital investments in the cleantech industry. This was actually a bit surprising to me.

The entire top ten list, which was published on the CleanTechies website, looks like this:

  1. Boston, Massachusetts
  2. San Jose, California
  3. Austin, Texas
  4. San Francisco, California
  5. Seattle, Washington
  6. Chicago, Illinois
  7. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  8. Berkeley, California
  9. Pasadena, California
  10. Washington, D.C.
While I was surprised to see Boston at the top of the list, I’m not surprised to see California cities dominating the list. California’s green economy is continuing to grow and both the public and private sectors in the state are supportive of advancing the state’s cleantech industry.

To get an idea of how the industry is growing in the state, check out Earth2Tech.com’s map: 101 Cleantech Startups. I first wrote about the cleantech jobs map back in September 2009 but the staff at Earth2Tech.com updated the map last March.

A quick look at the map shows why California is the state with the most cleantech venture capital. Companies in a variety of cleantech industries, including solar, energy efficiency, lighting, biofuels and more are located up and down the California coast.

If you head to the other coast, you’ll also find the Boston metro area dotted with cleantech startups like General Compression (energy storage sector), Digital Lumens (lighting sector) and Verenium (biofuels sector). It looks like Lesser was on to something with his choice of Boston as the top cleantech city in the nation.

Boston: The top cleantech city
Boston tops a list of the top ten cleantech cities in the nation.