America's Most Toxic Cities

Nov 5, 2009
Outside Magazine

Forbes has just come out with a list of the most toxic cities in the country, based on the amount of pollution per urban area. Here are the top ten:

1. Atlanta
2. Detroit
3. Chicago
4. Houston
5. Philadelphia
6. Cleveland
7. Los Angeles
8. Jacksonville
9. Baltimore
10. Portland

As for the least toxic, here they are:

1. Las Vegas
2. Sacramento
3. Riverside
4. Austin
5. Seattle
6. San Diego
7. Virginia Beach
8. San Jose
9. New York
10. Phoenix

You might be surprised to see New York on this list, but the city's extensive public transportation system translates into less air pollution.

--Aileen Torres

Filed To: Nature

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