Cleanest Cities

Four cities ranked on all three lists of the cleanest cities in 2010-2012.1 That means they had no days in the unhealthy level for ozone or short-term particle pollution and were on the list of the cleanest cities for year-round particle pollution. Listed alphabetically, the four cities are:

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  • Bangor (ME)
  • Bismarck (ND)
  • Cape Coral-Fort Myers (FL)
  • Salinas (CA)

Eleven other cities ranked as the cleanest for both year-round and short-term particle pollution, listed alphabetically:

  • Elmira-Corning, (NY)
  • Farmington (NM)
  • Flagstaff (AZ)
  • Grand Island (NE)
  • Homosassa Springs (FL)
  • Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina (HI)
  • North Port-Sarasota (FL)
  • Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville (FL)
  • Prescott (AZ)
  • Sierra Vista-Douglas (AZ)
  • St. George (UT)

Three other cities were on both the cleanest cities lists for ozone and for year-round particle pollution, listed alphabetically:

  • Anchorage (AK)
  • Burlington-South Burlington (VT)
  • Rapid City-Spearfish (SD)

Four other cities made both the cleanest cities lists for ozone and for short-term particle pollution, listed alphabetically:

  • Brownsville-Harlingen-Raymondville (TX)
  • Fargo-Wahpeton, (ND-MN)
  • McAllen-Edinburg-Pharr (TX)
  • Monroe-Ruston-Bastrop (LA)

1 Note that the full metropolitan areas often include multiple counties, incorporated cities and counties in adjacent states, as the Office of Management and Budget defines them. Not all counties in any metro area will have monitors.

FACT: Breathing in particle pollution can increase the risk of lung cancer, according to the World Health Organization.

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