List ranks top US cities with cleanest air, and only one of them is in California

Hint: the answer is not Los Angeles.

The American Lung Association recently released its annual report analyzing air pollution across cities in the United States. 

California is home to 7 of the 10 unhealthiest cities in the U.S. with the most smog. 

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The 10 California cities with the highest amount of smog are the following:

  1. Los Angeles-Long Beach
  2. Bakersfield
  3. Visalia
  4. Fresno-Madera-Hanford
  5. Sacramento-Roseville
  6. San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad
  7. San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland
  8. El Centro
  9. Chico
  10. Redding-Red Bluff

Now on the other side of the spectrum, one lone California city ranked among the list of top 25 cities with the least amount of smog - Salinas in Monterey County.

The 10 U.S. cities with the cleanest air:

  1. Urban Honolulu, Hawaii
  2. Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii
  3. Cheyenne, Wyoming
  4. Wilmington, North Carolina
  5. Casper, Wyoming
  6. St. George, Utah
  7. Bellingham, Washington
  8. Elmira-Corning, New York
  9. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  10. Duluth, Minnesota/Wisconsin

The report uses data from the Environmental Protection Agency to rank the most and least polluted metro areas.

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