Cleanest Cities

Honolulu, HI and Santa Fe, NM were the only metropolitan areas landing on all three of the cleanest cities lists during 2007-2009.1 Four cities ranked on the cleanest for both ozone and short-term particle pollution: Brownsville, TX; Lincoln, NE; Monroe, LA; and Spokane, WA. Five other cities were on the cleanest cities for both ozone and year-round particle pollution: Bismarck, ND; Duluth, MN-WI; Fargo, ND; Port S. Lucie-Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL; and Rapid City, SD. Eleven cities ranked as the cleanest for both measures of particle pollution: Amarillo, TX; Bangor, ME; Billings, MT; 'Burlington, VT; Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL; Cheyenne, WY; Fort Collins-Loveland, CO; Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL; Salinas, CA; Sarasota, FL; and Tucson, AZ.

List of the Cleanest U.S. Cities

  1. Full names for all these metropolitan areas can be found in the tables showing the cleanest cities. The full metropolitan areas often include multiple counties, incorporated cities and counties in adjacent states.

FACT: Steps to clean up pollution may have added 5 months to the average lifespan, according to one study.

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