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The 10 Most Polluted Cities in America

Bakersfield, Merced and Fresno top the American Lung Association's list of cities with the most persistant air pollution in the country in 2013

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mstrainjr
mstrainjr

Who is the editor?  I've found several noticeable spelling errors in this article.  There's no sense of professionalism anymore. 

MelissaEisner
MelissaEisner

We get all the pollution blown in from the Bay Area and LA. This article was poorly researched...it makes it seem like Merced's fault, when we're the ones being dumped on! 

MikeMoon
MikeMoon

I dare you to take air samples at Salt Lake City, UT.  It's embarrassing how bad it is.  Makes Hong Kong look like a breath of fresh air.  The mountains create an inversion where the air can't escape especially in colder seasons.  Then add to that, the many many refineries that lie right outside city limits.

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DickBales
DickBales

Where's Mexico City? Last time I checked it was in America.

tcward@bell.net
tcward@bell.net

Thanks to coal burning generators in the Ohio valley, Toronto suffers serious hot weather air pollution;  perhaps Pres Obama should take this into account when lecturing Canadians about the keystone pipeline.  

DonnaKobzeff
DonnaKobzeff

Some of us don't trust air unless we can actually see it. 

JohnRobinson
JohnRobinson

So let me get this straight, the State that has invested, arguably, the most money in Green Environmental programs is leading the way with the preponderance of polluted cities on the list.  Makes one wonder is there is something amiss with the Environmental Movement's methodology.

GrantIvison-lane
GrantIvison-lane

The San Joaquin valley is a basin that serves as a catch for pollution from Los Angeles and the SF bay area. 

This style of reporting makes it seem like citizens of the San Joaquin valley are at fault for the condition of their air quality when they shouldn't be.


Also, why is a satellite image of  UC Merced used to represent the city of Merced? Nobody knows what that image is.

I may be wrong, but I'm fairly certain UC Merced isn't even incorporated into the Merced city limits.  



geoh808
geoh808

The El Centro information is confusing. The population number offered is 177,000 people which is actually the population of Imperial County, California of which El Centro is the county seat. El Centro has at most 40,000 people. The conversion to pedestrian walkways downtown is insignificant. There real source of pollution in this Southern California county on the southeast corner of the state is the neighboring city of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. Mexicali has a population of well over a million souls and does not have good air quality which drifts into California. The article must have been written by a geographical novice using Wikipedia as a partial resource.

ConfusedHoosier
ConfusedHoosier

I understand Cincy's listing but Wilmington IN?  Wilmington is an unincorporated town in Hogan Township, Dearborn County, Indiana.  It isn't even a city!  Also Middletown KY is a suburb of Louisville Ky inside it's beltway.  How does it rate and not the entire metro area?  I guess the needed they Californians to not feel alone.

Hockstedler
Hockstedler

How does a city of only 177,000 people in a relatively rural / remote area of the Southern California desert with prime irrigated farm land end up on this list. I have been there and can't image what geographic or other anomaly could cause such high pollution!

designit
designit

So the conclusion here is that California is dirty.

bobpitt
bobpitt

Bryan Walsh don't be so lazy and come and see Pittsburgh before you spew more nonsense, your data is outdated and no longer valid or correct.. We should expect more from a guy that writes for time.. you must have some one close to give you a job you obviously can't do..

SteveFord
SteveFord

Interesting that most of the cities are in California. Funny, you don't see those stats in the California promo TV spots

fibsernum
fibsernum

Pittsburgh was recently listed by CNN as one of the top 10 places to which to retire . Were they trying to get rid of senior citizens by sending them there to breathe the air?

cupcake23
cupcake23

How about methane.  It's oil and dairy land.  Sheesh!!   The writer is clearly a well-rounded world traveler to be able to pin-point the pollution to an exact area.  Say what you want about the Central Valley, but we feed you, clothe you and get you to work.  All that considered, I'll stay in California.

JoshSoffer
JoshSoffer

"Eight counties first decided to move forward with a ballot initiative to to secede and create a new state called Conway".  Catchy name.



uffda
uffda

I grew up in Orange County [Cypress & La Habra] in the 1960-1970s.  The air pollution was really bad, and nearly all our cross country meets were delayed while we waited for smog alerts to be lifted.  California has 8 of the top 10 cities for two reasons: it has a hugh population with lots of motorized vehicles and it has a topography that traps the bad air in valleys, or in the case of LA against the high mountains when they experience temperature inversions.  I will never go back to permanently live in Southern California, not because of the air pollution, but because of the traffic.

nancy1
nancy1

You know what they said about CA the GRASS is apparently GREENER what a laugh.

RTM1965
RTM1965

Interesting... California tries to lead the country in environmental issues, but it has the worst environment of all the states.  I see why they push for Federal spending on environmental issues so they can benefit from those dollars acquired in other states.

JD1991
JD1991

People think that all of California is heavily polluted and begin to trash it but dont realize that the majority of the cities listed are actually found in the central valley. All the pollution produced is trapped in by surrounding mountains while also getting pollution from large neighboring cities such as Sacramento or (in Bakersfield's case) Los Angeles. Riverside also suffers from the same issue of dealing with their own pollution trapped by mountains while also getting pollution from other areas. Only 2 cities listed from California are listed not in the Central Valley are Los Angeles/Long Beach (2nd largest city in the US where almost everyone has a car b/c it's needed) and El Centro (have no idea how they have heavy pollution but oh well)

daejoong18
daejoong18

Obviously writer does not like CA for some reasons. Also putting LA-Long Beach-Riverside together is quite inaccurate opinion as the area is very large and even climate is different.  Many people in US tend to hate CA. I do not know the reason, but it's because we have the largest economy in US and the most beautiful places/weathers.  I have lived in many cities in US, Europe and Asia and CA is by far #1 in every category. Maybe writer is trying to keep the inferiors out of CA. Stop come here.

smargalicious
smargalicious

CA is not only a failed economic state but a physically ruined state as well.

Are there any white people left??

southvalleycomputers
southvalleycomputers

Um, people.  In the headline...?  It's persistent.  Not persistant.

Don't y'all have editors?

firmsoil
firmsoil

More evidence that $4+/gallon California gas buys 

1. Majority of spots in the top 10 most polluted cities in the nation, as well as

2. Six of the top 10 larger cities with worst roads in the nation, but wait lets not miss the great savior

3. A $33 billion Hi-Speed-Rail line that voters approved whose cost has already skyrocketed to ~$100 billion!

California voters are such idiots when it comes to transportation policy.

youhavenoidea
youhavenoidea

@JohnRobinson

 You don't make one wonder if you have a clue what you're talking about, because it's clear you do not.

youngcrunchy
youngcrunchy

@GrantIvison-lane I completely agree. We get so much crap air from the Bay Area all year round. I also don't understand why it has a picture of the UC. I grew up in Merced and I didn't even know what the picture was of at first.

eskimo.aztec
eskimo.aztec

@GrantIvison-lane It is within Merced city limits, just North of downtown Merced by 10 minutes and that lake you see is lake Yosemite.

aznick
aznick

@Hockstedler Agriculture or construction in the desert stirs up a lot of dust which contributes to particulate matter.  A lot of desert cities have this problem.

MelissaEisner
MelissaEisner

@cupcake23  : "Say what you want about the Central Valley, but we feed you, clothe you and get you to work." *thumbs up* True that!

ejb4502
ejb4502

@RTM1965 Hey! I have a GREAT idea! Before you open your mouth, actually know some facts. One fact you might consider is that California contributes more taxes than any other state - BY FAR - to the Federal Government. Here's another fact: It pays roughly 18% more in federal taxes than it reaps in federal spending.  Furthermore, it is also - by far - the most populous state in the union. And, it's also the 12th largest economy in the WORLD. Also, California is the world's FIFTH largest supplier of food and agriculture commodities, which leads to this: All the California cities listed are central to that agricultural machine, including LA, which is a major transport center. So before you go trying to paint California as "takers", know your facts.  Again, California gives more to this country than it takes, consistently. 

http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/08/americas-fiscal-union

daejoong18
daejoong18

@JD1991 El Centro is located in Imperial Valley (70~80 miles east of San Diego). It is considerably a small farming town neighboring Mexicali, Mexico (Larger than El Centro). Many of the pollution including air and water comes from Mexicali, Mexico. One of many cases is the Salton Sea.  Also the moisture in the farm land do get evaporate during summertime (As farms being in the desert)  to make the air dense can make things worse. This is quite funny because there are 3 small towns next to each other (El Centro, Brawley, and Calexico) just miles away, but writer is singling out El Centro. Not a creditable opinion by the write who has no knowledges of an area just write stuff out of spike. 

boguem
boguem

@daejoong18 The "writer" had nothing to do with what cities made this list.  It's composed of the "American Lung Association's list of cities with the most persistant air pollution in the country in 2013".  There was nothing subjective about it, so please get off your soapbox.  It is what it is...



uffda
uffda

I was born in Southern California.  I too have lived in many cities in the US, and Europe, and have visits some of the great cities of Asia, but your blanket statement that California has the most beautiful places, tells me you don't get out of the city very often.  The one thing I have learned in all my travels, is that nearly all places have some good things to offer and some negatives [I am still trying to find something good about New Orleans].  It all depends on what you like to do and what you consider beautiful.  For example, California has a nice moderate climate and some nice national parks, however California also has cold water beaches, and ski resorts with icy snow.  It's all a matter of what floats your boat.  As for me I prefer Alberta, Canada and Montana because of their natural beauty and small populations.

MikeMoon
MikeMoon

@smargalicious sounds like your typical republican.  I bet you think this pollution is all a myth lol

baseballbuff
baseballbuff

@smargalicious LOL failed economic state? We have the eighth largest economy in the world and just turned a $ 30 billion deficit into a surplus in two years.

ejb4502
ejb4502

@smargalicious You are the dumbest, most idiotic, pathetic POS I've seen in awhile on these posts, and that is REALLY saying something. You are no doubt a miserable failure in life and will continue to be. Go drink some booze and wallow in your utter stupidity, you frickin' moron. 

daejoong18
daejoong18

@smargalicious What does White people have to do with economy of the state or being physically damaged? What an ignorant comment. So state of Mississippi has 62.37% White demographics. Why are they having poverty problems?

wtigerjn
wtigerjn

@firmsoil Were talking about 800 miles of track, cutting into major populated areas. The $70 billion cost is not supprising. It is a very expensive project where ever it goes up.

blueskycentral
blueskycentral

@ejb4502 @RTM1965

"California gives more to this country than it takes, consistently"

California is overrated and disgusting.

Every time I was there, I couldn't understand what people saw in it.

Take San Fran for example.  I have heard over and over what a wonderful city it was.....TILL I WENT THERE.  What a dump.  Not pretty, lousy restaurants, and the wharf was a joke.



bobpitt
bobpitt

@boguem @daejoong18 

I find Pittsburgh a nice clean city, the writer is not a very smart person plus is lazy, most of the pollution in Pittsburgh is gone.. and the breathing problems are the legacy of what Pittsburgh was.. not the case today..

daejoong18
daejoong18

@uffda to your blanket statement of I do not get out of my city very often, I do enjoy 'surf in the morning and snowboard in the afternoon' from where I live. No other states can offer this. You have mentioned CA has cold water beach. I assume you are aged. My father who is now 58, enjoys swimming in warm Santa Monica beach in the months of June ~ September no problem. Your comment of cold water while you prefer crappy weather places like Alberta or Montana makes you a hypocrite. I was actually in Montana and BC, Canada this past July. Though I was very pleased with the nature and the small town scene, I understand why young people and young families are eager to get out of those places and trust me I can go forever with why. Oh did I mentioned crappy weather? Maybe retirees like yourself with no friends can enjoy nature all day all year. Not for me. Also I would like to enjoy diversity of the culture where CA offers the best cultural melting pot plus the countless options for cuisines all around the world. Something you will never see in Alberta or Montana.