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American Lung Association ranks U.S. cities with cleanest air

April 28th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

The American Lung Association State of the Air 2010 report ranks the metropolitan areas by the levels of ozoCloudswtinyplanene and particle pollution during 2006, 2007 and 2008. For particle pollution, the ALA ranks separately the areas with high year-round (annual average) levels and high short-term levels (24-hour) found in monitoring sites across the United States. Data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is used to compile the rankings.

Top 25 Cleanest U.S. Cities for Year-round Particle Pollution:

  1. Cheyenne, Wyoming
  2. Santa Fe-Espanola, N.M.
  3. Honolulu, Hawaii
  4. Anchorage, Ark.
  5. Great Falls, Montana
  6. Tucson, Ariz.
  7. Amarillo, Texas
  8. Albuquerque, N.M.
  9. Flagstaff, Ariz.
  10. Bismarck, N.D.
  11. Salinas, Calif.
  12. Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.
  13. Duluth, Minn.
  14. Pueblo, Colo.
  15. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla.
  16. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Fla.
  17. Sarasota-Bradenton-Punta Gorda, Fla.
  18. Billings, Montana
  19. Fargo-Wahpeton, N.D.-Minn.
  20. Port St. Lucie-Sebastian-Vero Beach, Fla.
  21. Lincoln, Neb.
  22. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, Calif.
  23. Bangor, Maine
  24. Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont
  25. Midland-Odessa, Texas

Cleanest U.S. Cities for Ozone Air Pollution:

  • Bismarck, ND
  • Brownsville-Harlingen-Raymondville, TX
  • Coeur d’Alene, ID
  • Duluth, MN-WI
  • Fargo-Wahpeton, ND-MN
  • Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Laredo, TX
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Port St. Lucie-Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL
  • Rochester, MN
  • Sioux Falls, SD

Cleanest U.S. Cities for Short-term Particle Pollution:

  • Alexandria, LA
  • Amarillo, TX
  • Athens-Clarke County, GA
  • Austin-Round Rock, TX
  • Bangor, ME
  • Billings, MT
  • Bloomington-Normal, IL
  • Brownsville-Harlingen-Raymondville, TX
  • Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL
  • Champaign-Urbana, IL
  • Cheyenne, WY
  • Claremont-Lebanon, NH-VT
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Corpus Christi-Kingsville, TX
  • Fargo-Wahpeton, ND-MN
  • Farmington, NM
  • Fayetteville, NC
  • Fort Collins-Loveland, CO
  • Grand Junction, CO
  • Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
  • Hattiesburg, MS
  • Lafayette-Acadiana, LA
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Longview-Marshall, TX
  • McAllen-Edinburg-Pharr, TX
  • Oklahoma City-Shawnee, OK
  • Pueblo, CO
  • Salinas, CA
  • San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA
  • Santa Fe-Espanola, NM
  • Sarasota-Bradenton-Punta Gorda, FL
  • Springfield, IL
  • Springfield, MO
  • St. Joseph, MO-KS
  • Syracuse-Auburn, NY
  • Topeka, KS
  • Tucson, AZ

For details on each city’s ranking, see the full report.

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