The province, which is known for its coal industry, stood out on the list.
A Chinese watchdog group, in a separate list, included two other Shanxi cities: Yangquan and Datong. Others included: Shizuishan in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Sanmenxia in Henan Province, Jinchang in Gansu Province, Shijiazhuang in Hebei Province, Xianyang in Shaanxi Province, Zhuzhou in Hunan Province and Luoyang in Henan Province.
Beijing is listed at number 28 out of 113 on the Chinese list.
The Blacksmith Institute also compiled a list of the top 10 most polluted areas of the planet. Here, China seems to fair better. They are, in alphabetical order:
10 Most Polluted Areas On The World
Chernobyl, Ukraine Dzerzinsk, Russia Haina, Dominican Republic Kabwe, Zambia La Oroya, Peru Linfen, China Mailuu-Suu, Kyrgyzstan Norilsk, Russia Ranipet, India Rudnaya Pristan, Russia
This year, the American Lung Association's "State of the Air" report listed both "cleanest air" and "sootiest air." The worst air quality in the United States, as reporting to WebMD, can be found in these cities:
Here is the list of the 26 U.S. cities with the most soot (particle pollution) in their air year-round. Metropolitan areas that tied received the same number.
Sootiest Air In The United States
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, Calif. Pittsburgh-New Castle, Pa. Bakersfield, Calif. Birmingham-Hoover-Cullman, Ala. Detroit-Warren-Flint, Mich. Cleveland-Akron-Elyria, Ohio Visalia-Porterville, Calif. Cincinnati-Middletown-Wilmington, Ohio-Ken.-Ind. Indianapolis-Anderson-Columbus, Ind. St. Louis-St. Charles-Farmington, Mo.-Ill. Chicago-Naperville-Michigan City, Ill.-Ind.-Wis. Lancaster, Pa. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, Ga. York-Hanover-Gettysburg, Pa. Fresno-Madera, Calif. Weirton-Steubenville, W.Va.-Ohio Hanford-Corcoran, Calif. New York-Newark-Bridgeport, N.Y.-N.J.-Conn.-Pa. Canton-Massillon, Ohio Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, D.C.-Md.-Va.-W.Va. Charleston, W.Va. Louisville-Jefferson County-Elizabethtown-Scottsburg, Ken.-Ind. Huntington-Ashland, W.Va.-Ky.-Ohio Philadelphia-Camden-Vineland, Pa.-N.J.-Del.-Md. Hagerstown-Martinsburg, Md.-W.Va. Rome, Ga.
For more comprehensive statistics, check out the World Bank's "The Little Green Data Book" (.pdf, 240 pgs).