Cities in the U.S. With Really Clean Air

Air pollution is a fact of life, but it can have serious effects on human health.

Air pollution, made up of things like noxious gases and fine particles produced by the burning of fossil fuels, can cause respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases, pregnancy complications, and even death, according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Exposure to air pollution exists in both urban and rural communities. Children, the elderly, and those suffering from respiratory disease, such as asthma, are the most vulnerable to air pollution.

To find some of the places in the U.S. with the cleanest air, we consulted Nomad List, a crowdsourced database that dynamically analyzes hundreds of thousands of data points in cities all over the world for things like cost of living, current weather, traffic, and air quality for people who work on the go.

Nomad List uses an Air Quality Index in which 0-25 is great air quality, 25-50 is good, above 50 becomes bad, and above 100 is very unhealthy.

All of the places on this list fall in the 'great' category, based on the annual average air quality provided by Nomad List.

Beacon, N.Y.
Beacon, N.Y.

Beacon, N.Y.

Pollutants: 4 micrograms per cubic meter

Beacon is a town of about 15,000 on the Hudson River north of New York City.

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Fairfax, Va.
Fairfax, Va.

Fairfax, Va.

Pollutants: 4 micrograms per cubic meter

Fairfax is about 20 miles from Washington, D.C.

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Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Pollutants: 5 micrograms per cubic meter

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Black Rock City, Nev.
Black Rock City, Nev.

Black Rock City, Nev.

Pollutants: 5 micrograms per cubic meter

Black Rock City is a temporary city erected annually in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, about 100 miles from Reno. The Burning Man festival is held there.

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Princeton, N.J.
Princeton, N.J.

Princeton, N.J.

Pollutants: 5 micrograms per cubic meter

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Battle Creek, Mich.
Battle Creek, Mich.

Battle Creek, Mich.

Pollutants: 5 micrograms per cubic meter

Battle Creek is a town of about 51,000 that sits at the confluence of the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek rivers, about halfway between Detroit and Chicago.

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Santa Fe, N.M.
Santa Fe, N.M.

Santa Fe, N.M.

Pollutants: 5 micrograms per cubic meter

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Boise, Idaho
Boise, Idaho

Boise, Idaho

Pollutants: 6 micrograms per cubic meter

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Bridgeton, Mo.
Bridgeton, Mo.

Bridgeton, Mo.

Pollutants: 7 micrograms per cubic meter

Bridgeton is a suburb of about 12,000 outside St. Louis.

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Ithaca, N.Y.
Ithaca, N.Y.

Ithaca, N.Y.

Pollutants: 7 micrograms per cubic meter

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Bedford, Ohio
Bedford, Ohio

Bedford, Ohio

Pollutants: 7 micrograms per cubic meter

Bedford is a suburb of Cleveland.

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Buffalo, N.Y.
Buffalo, N.Y.

Buffalo, N.Y.

Pollutants: 8 micrograms per cubic meter

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Monterey, Calif.
Monterey, Calif.

Monterey, Calif.

Pollutants: 9 micrograms per cubic meter

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Anchorage
Anchorage

Anchorage

Pollutants: 9 micrograms per cubic meter

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Fargo, N.D.
Fargo, N.D.

Fargo, N.D.

Pollutants: 9 micrograms per cubic meter

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Flagstaff, Ariz.
Flagstaff, Ariz.

Flagstaff, Ariz.

Pollutants: 10 micrograms per cubic meter

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West Palm Beach, Fla.
West Palm Beach, Fla.

West Palm Beach, Fla.

Pollutants: 11 micrograms per cubic meter

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Key West, Fla.
Key West, Fla.

Key West, Fla.

Pollutants: 11 micrograms per cubic meter

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Tucson, Ariz.
Tucson, Ariz.

Tucson, Ariz.

Pollutants: 11 micrograms per cubic meter

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Providence, R.I.
Providence, R.I.

Providence, R.I.

Pollutants: 11 micrograms per cubic meter

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Miami
Miami

Miami

Pollutants: 11 micrograms per cubic meter

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Colorado Springs, Colo.
Colorado Springs, Colo.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Pollutants: 11 micrograms per cubic meter

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Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Pollutants: 11 micrograms per cubic meter

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Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City

Pollutants: 12 micrograms per cubic meter

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Seattle
Seattle

Seattle

Pollutants: 12 micrograms per cubic meter

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Palo Alto, Calif.
Palo Alto, Calif.

Palo Alto, Calif.

12 micrograms per cubic meter

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Albuquerque
Albuquerque

Albuquerque

Pollutants: 12 micrograms per cubic meter

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Syracuse, N.Y.
Syracuse, N.Y.

Syracuse, N.Y.

Pollutants: 12 micrograms per cubic meter

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Boston
Boston

Boston

Pollutants: 12 micrograms per cubic meter

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Orlando
Orlando

Orlando

Pollutants: 12 micrograms per cubic meter

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This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.

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