10 Most Polluted Cities in the US
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It is often mentioned that depending on one’s currently living environment and situation, an air purifier may or may not be necessary. This typically means that the more polluted one’s city or town is, the more beneficial an air purifier would be for the overall health of an individual. So then it begs the question: which cities are the most polluted. Well, according to the American Lung Association, the following ten cities are the most polluted when measuring annual PM2.5 levels in the USA:
- Fresno-Madera, CA
- Visalia-Porterville-Hanford, CA
- Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA
- Bakersfield, CA
- Modesto-Merced, CA
- Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton, PA-OH-WV
- El Centro, CA
- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Louis-St. Charles, Farminton, MO-IL
- El Paso-Las Cruces, TX-NM
What should you, the readers in highly polluted cities, take away from this list?
First, don’t panic. While PM2.5 levels in these cities are quite high, it does not mean you will automatically develop asthma or the like. It does, however, mean that being outdoors on days with particularly high concentrations of PM2.5 is highly ill-advised. And how do you know when concentrations of PM2.5 are particularly high? There are many different websites that provide day-to-day pollution level readings of most major cities in the USA (and around the world). In fact, there are even apps available for Android and iPhones that will conveniently update the pollution levels for you automatically!
Second, consider purchasing an air purifier for your home. As covered in another article, PM2.5 is the primary suspect in many of the problems that air pollution wreaks on the human body. Air purifiers with a HEPA filter or Clair’s e2f filter will filter out PM2.5 from your home. There are also other things you can do to your home to keep the air in your home fresh.
Thankfully, the annual PM2.5 levels have been decreasing year by year mainly due to the various clean air laws passed in the United States. However, until the levels of pollution go below the threshold of doing damage to the human body, taking precautionary steps to breathe clean air whenever possible is definitely recommended.
Clean air. All day. Every day.