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Benefits of Urban Trees to Residents

Urban trees build community

Planting trees builds community and makes cities pleasant places to live.

  • Increased community – People are more likely to walk down streets lined with trees, creating increased opportunities for residents to meet and interact with their neighbors.
  • Traffic calming – Drivers slow down and show less road rage on streets lined with trees. Street trees also reduce stress levels in drivers, increasing drivers’ ability to cope with stressful driving situations.
  • Increased property values – Healthy, mature street tree canopy increases the value of homes as much as 9% compared to equivalent homes without trees.
  • Reduced crime – Areas surrounded by trees and greenery have been shown to have fewer instances of crime compared to similar areas without trees.
  • Increased personal effectiveness – People are more effective and procrastinate less when they live in homes surrounded by trees.
  • Lower utility bills – Trees around homes reduce heating costs in winter by providing a windbreak. During the summer, air-conditioning costs are reduced in tree-shaded homes.


How Trees Build a Neighborhood

Green Cities and Crime

Portland Trees and Crime Study

Roadside Urban Trees Research Review (148 KB, pdf)

Trees Along Urban Streets (1 MB, pdf)

Trees and Personal Effectiveness

Value of Trees Fact Sheet (248 KB, pdf)

The Link Between Trees and Happiness

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