Policy Analysis | November 2015

How did SLC member states fare on the American Lung Society's annual State of the Air report?

The American Lung Society recently released its annual State of the Air report.  Overall, SLC states fared well in several of the “cleanest cities” categories.  Cities in SLC member states comprise half of the top 10 cleanest cities for Ozone Air Pollution and also six of the top 10 cleanest cities for Short-Term Particulate Pollution.

More information on the cleanest cities can be found here.

More information on the most polluted cities can be found here.

Cleanest U.S. Cities for Ozone Air Pollution:

  1. Bellingham, Washington
  2. Bend-Redmond-Prineville, Oregon
  3. Bismarck, North Dakota
  4. Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Virginia
  5. Brownsville-Harlingen-Raymondville, Texas
  6. Brunswick, Georgia
  7. Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont
  8. Cape Coral-Fort Myers-Naples, Florida
  9. Charleston, North Charleston, South Carolina
  10. Cheyenne, Wyoming

Cleanest U.S. Cities for Short-term Particulate Pollution:

  1. Alexandria, Louisiana
  2. Asheville-Brevard, North Carolina
  3. Austin-Round Rock, Texas
  4. Bangor, Maine
  5. Beckley, West Virginia
  6. Bismarck, North Dakota
  7. Bloomington-Bedford, Indiana
  8. Bowling Green-Glasgow, Kentucky
  9. Brownsville-Harlingen-Raymondville, Texas
  10. Buffalo-Cheektowaga, New York