California may be home to plenty of beautiful beach towns, but it's also home to plenty of pollution-belching cars and smog. And as the annual State of the Air report shows, the Golden State, unfortunately, dominates when it comes to awful air quality.
The report, published by the American Lung Association, ranked the most polluted cities using data from the US Environmental Protection Agency on ozone levels and particle pollution. In the ozone category, Los Angeles, CA claimed first, Bakersfield, CA took second, and Visalia, CA came up in third. In case you weren't paying attention, that's a California sweep of the podium, just like last year.
In year-round particle pollution, the list didn't look much different. Bakersfield, CA got first this time, followed by Visalia, CA and Fresno, CA. Good job California. As far as the cleanest cities are concerned, honorable mentions went to Burlington-South Burlington, VT, Elmira-Corning, NY, Honolulu, HI, and Salinas, CA all of which managed to have "no days in the unhealthy level for ozone or short-term particle pollution."