List of America’s Dirtiest (and Cleanest) Air Released

November 19, 2010
By: GreenAnswers Staff

More than 175 million Americans live in regions with unhealthy levels of air pollution, according to the American Lung Association’s 2010 State of the Air Report. That means 58 percent of Americans are putting themselves at increased risks of lung infections, asthma, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

The Lung Association’s report analyzed levels of ozone and particular matter in the air to come up with a list of the country’s most polluted air.

For 2010, the urban areas with the worst levels of year-round particle pollution, ranked from worst to better, are:

  1. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
  2. Bakersfield, CA
  3. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, CA
  4. Visalia-Porterville, CA
  5. Pittsburgh-New Castle, PA
  6. Fresno-Madera, CA
  7. Birmingham-Hoover-Cullman, AL
  8. Hanford-Corcoran, CA
  9. Cincinnati-Middletown-Wilmington, OH-KY-IN
  10. St. Louis-St. Charles-Farmington, MO-IL
  11. Charleston, WV
  12. Detroit-Warren-Flint, MI
  13. Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH
  14. Louisville-Jefferson County-Elizabethtown-Scottsburg, KY-IN
  15. Modesto, CA
  16. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, GA-AL
  17. Houston-Baytown-Huntsville, TX
  18. Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH
  19. Cleveland-Akron-Elyria, OH
  20. Macon-Warner Robins-Fort Valley, GA
  21. Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV
  22. Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette, TN
  23. Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
  24. Indianapolis-Anderson-Columbus, IN
  25. Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH
  26. York-Hanover-Gettysburg, PA

The urban areas with the worst levels of ozone pollution, ranked from worst to better, are:

  1. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, CA
  2. Bakersfield, CA
  3. Visalia-Porterville, CA
  4. Fresno-Madera, CA
  5. Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Yuba City, CA-NV
  6. Hanford-Corcoran, CA
  7. Houston-Baytown-Huntsville, TX
  8. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA
  9. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA
  10. Charlotte-Gastonia-Salisbury, NC-SC
  11. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
  12. Merced, CA
  13. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
  14. Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette, TN
  15. El Centro, CA
  16. New York-Newark-Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA
  17. Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, DC-MD-VA-WV
  18. Cincinnati-Middletown-Wilmington, OH-KY-IN
  19. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, GA-AL
  20. Birmingham-Hoover-Cullman, AL
  21. Las Vegas-Paradise-Pahrump, NV
  22. Modesto, CA
  23. Philadelphia-Camden-Vineland, PA-NJ-DE-MD
  24. Chico, CA
  25. Baton Rouge-Pierre Part, LA

On a positive note, the American cities with the least amount of particle pollution are:

  1. Cheyenne, WY
  2. Santa Fe-Espanola, NM
  3. Honolulu, HI
  4. Anchorage, AK
  5. Great Falls, MT
  6. Tucson, AZ
  7. Amarillo, TX
  8. Albuquerque, NM
  9. Flagstaff, AZ
  10. Bismarck, ND
  11. Salinas, CA
  12. Fort Collins-Loveland, CO
  13. Duluth, MN-WI
  14. Pueblo, CO
  15. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL
  16. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL
  17. Sarasota-Bradenton-Punta Gorda, FL
  18. Billings, MT
  19. Fargo-Wahpeton, ND-MN
  20. Port St. Lucie-Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL
  21. Lincoln, NE
  22. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA
  23. Bangor, ME
  24. Burlington-South Burlington, VT
  25. Midland-Odessa, TX

And the American cities with the least amount of ozone pollution are:

  1. Bismarck, ND
  2. Brownsville-Harlingen-Raymondville, TX
  3. Coeur d’Alene, ID
  4. Duluth, MN-WI
  5. Fargo-Wahpeton, ND-MN
  6. Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
  7. Honolulu, HI
  8. Laredo, TX
  9. Lincoln, NE
  10. Port St. Lucie-Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL
  11. Rochester, MN
  12. Sioux Falls, SD

View the entire 2010 State of the Air Report here.

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