Presenting: The Most Polluted Cities in the Nation


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I just got done writing about a new report from the American Lung Association that revealed that just over 50% of Americans live in places where the air is so polluted that it's often unhealthy to breathe. But the ALA took their study one step further -- they plotted out the most polluted cities in America on a single map, so you can conveniently see for yourself if your town is a smoggy mess. To whet your appetite, here are the ten most polluted cities in the nation:#1: Bakersfield-Delano, CA
#2: Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ
#2: Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, CA
#2: Visalia-Porterville, CA
#5: Hanford-Corcoran, CA
#6: Fresno-Madera, CA
#7: Pittsburgh-New Castle, PA
#8: Birmingham-Hoover-Cullman, AL
#9: Cincinnati-Middletown-Wilmington, OH-KY-IN
#10: Louisville-Jefferson County-Elizabethtown-Scottsburg, KY-IN

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Tags: Air Pollution | United States

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