California Cities Among Nation’s Most Polluted


A recent study of air pollution and overall air quality ranked the Los Angeles metropolitan areas along with Long Beach as the worst in the United States. Once again, the west coast and in particular California ranks higher in terms of overall air quality compared to the east coast.

The recent study comes as no surprise since Los Angeles and Long Beach have held the number one spot in 23 out of the past 24 annual rankings. The report, which was released by the American Lung Association, does point out that there has been some improvement over the past year, but that wasn’t enough to lower the ranking.

California’s Air Quality Issues

The Lung Association report cites that 98% of California residents live in have poor grades for ozone air pollution quality along with unhealthy air quality overall. For the pollutants, over 40% of California residents are exposed to such conditions daily.

It is true that both local and state efforts have managed to curb and even reduce the pollutants present in the air, but there is still work to be done. For ozone pollution, California had six out of the top ten communities which include the following.

  • Los Angeles & Long Beach
  • Bakersfield
  • Fresno-Madera-Hanford
  • Sacramento- Roseville
  • San Diego-Chula Vista, Carlsbad
  • Visalia

In addition, the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area ranked 11th, just outside the top 10. Overall, of the top 25 regions only Chicag, Hartford and Connecticut were the non-Western states listed.

Causes of Air Pollution & Poor Air Quality

There are several factors that contribute to the poor air quality of the Western states and California in particular. The ongoing climate change, mostly sunny skies, and air stagnation have led to such conditions. For the Los Angeles area, the mountains to the east trap much of the air over the urban areas which only help to build the amount of pollutants.

Improvements in Air Quality

Despite the bad news, ozone pollution has been reduced nationwide, which includes California. In the American Lung Association report, almost 20 million fewer people live in areas of unhealthy levels of ozone. This means that smog production is down and that leads to cleaner air conditions. 

However, not all communities are seeing improvement and there are still roughly 120 million people who live in places where the air pollution is too much and overall air quality too low.

For residents of California, the air pollution and overall lower air quality continues to be a nagging issue. However, steps have been taken to help clean the air and reduce the amount of pollutants that are present. With continued efforts, it may be sooner than later when communities like Los Angeles and Long Beach are no longer at the top of the poor air quality list.

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