"State of the Air" report, which includes good news and bad news about
America's air quality.
The good news: Smog levels across much of the country are lower than they
were from 2003 to 2005, especially in the eastern U.S.
The bad news: Soot levels are rising in the eastern half of the nation. Soot
levels are also high in many parts of the western U.S., but soot levels have
dropped there since 2003-2005.
The report also includes the American Lung Association's annual list of the
metropolitan areas with the most and least year-round soot.
The top spots are unchanged from last year. Cheyenne, Wyo., still has the
least sooty air, and Los Angeles continues to lead the country in sooty
Following is the list of the top 26 metropolitan areas for clean air. Towns
that tied received the same number.
- Cheyenne, Wyo.
- Santa Fe-Espanola, N.M.
- Great Falls, Mont.
- Farmington, N.M.
- Flagstaff, Ariz.
- Tucson, Ariz.
- Anchorage, Alaska
- Bismarck, N.D.
- Albuquerque, N.M.
- Salinas, Calif.
- Pueblo, Colo.
- Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.
- Rapid City, S.D.
- Redding, Calif.
- Duluth, Minn.-Wis.
- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz.
- Pocatello, Idaho
- Fargo-Wahpeton, N.D.-Minn.
- Midland-Odessa, Texas
- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, Fla.
- Billings, Mont.
- Colorado Springs, Colo.
- San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, Calif.
- Reno-Sparks-Fernley, Nev.
- Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Fla.
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
- 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.
By Miranda Hitti
Reviewed by Louise Chang
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