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What's the State of YOUR Air?

For 21 years, the American Lung Association has analyzed data from official air quality monitors to compile the "State of the Air" report. The more you learn about the air you breathe, the more you can protect your health and take steps to make the air cleaner and healthier.

Select your location to view data by state, county, and metropolitan statistical areas.


Key Findings

Nearly 5 in 10 people live where pollution levels are too often dangerous to breathe.

City Rankings

Which cities have the highest levels of air pollution? Which cities are the cleanest? Check out the lists here.

Health Risks

Ozone and particle pollution are the most widespread pollutants—and among the most dangerous.

Shared Stories

We all have a reason to champion clean air. People just like you have shared some personal stories that highlight the need for healthy, safe air. Read the stories they have shared or share your own.

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Audrey S.

It’s important to help others who are facing serious health challenges. At the age of 8, I learned I could make a difference… READ MORE

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Caroline M.

Both my sixteen-year-old son and eleven-year-old daughter have had severe asthma nearly their entire lives. READ MORE

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Chandra B.

My life changed forever on August 11, 2010. A typical hot, muggy August day, my beloved son Jovante returned home after his varsity football practice and had an asthma attack. READ MORE

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Cheryl C.

A cold is not just a cold for a child with asthma. It can quickly turn into pneumonia or worse, hospitalization. A change in weather as well as days when we have a lot of air pollution or wildfire smoke can also be a problem. READ MORE

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Dan D.

I was first diagnosed with COPD in the late 1980's. The disease continued to progress robbing me of my ability to work. As my quality of life rapidly deteriorated, I soon became unable to function without round-the-clock oxygen therapy. READ MORE

Sign Our Petition

The American Lung Association advocates for clean air for all to breathe. Now is the time to call for stronger limits on air pollution. Will you join us by raising your voice?

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