Map illustrations by Mark Byrnes via The Atlantic Cities
I doubt that we can go even higher on the list next year. California population centers grab the top spots.
Some of the cleanest cities are … also in the West, among them Salinas, CA; Prescott, AZ; Cheyenne, WY; Farmington, NM; Casper, WY; and St. George, UT — not only much less polluted but much less crowded than their filthy sisters.
I’ve lived in the smoggy environs of California, and you can see the murky, yellow/brown haze hover in a holding pattern over the L.A. basin, and feel the irritation in your throat. I haven’t noticed the same sensations here.