Cleanest Cities

Santa Fe, NM was the only metropolitan areas landing on all three of the cleanest cities lists during 2008-2010.1

Seven cities ranked on the cleanest for both ozone and short-term particle pollution:

  • Brownsville, TX
  • Champaign, IL
  • Decatur, IL
  • Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL
  • Monroe, LA
  • Peoria, IL
  • Springfield, IL

Five cities were on the cleanest cities for both ozone and year-round particle pollution:

  • Bismarck, ND
  • Duluth, MN-WI
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Port S. Lucie-Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL
  • Rapid City, SD

Fifteen cities ranked as the cleanest for both measures of particle pollution:

  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Bangor, ME
  • Burlington, VT
  • Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL
  • Cheyenne, WY
  • Claremont-Lebanon, NH-VT
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • Fort Collins-Loveland, CO
  • Gainesville, FL
  • Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL
  • Prescott, AZ;
  • Salinas, CA
  • Sarasota, FL
  • 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: Breathing in particle pollution can increase the risk of early death, heart attacks, strokes and emergency room visits for people with asthma, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

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