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Old 03-03-2008, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville,Florida
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How is the air quality in your city? On a scale from 1-10,with 10 being the highest or cleanest. Name your city and explain its air quality or just put a number next to it .
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Old 03-03-2008, 06:59 PM
 
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Excellent. Wildfires can occasionally pour smoke into the air, which is why I will give it only a 9. Ozone or random particle-associated smog is rare.
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Old 03-03-2008, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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My area in Southwest Houston would be about a 6, downtown a 4, and Southeast of downtown a 1.
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Old 03-03-2008, 09:23 PM
 
Location: ITP
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My area in Southwest Houston would be about a 6, downtown a 4, and Southeast of downtown a 1.
HA! There isn't anyplace in Houston that would be close to a 1. Between the refineries and the massive dependency on the automobile there--including long commutes--the air quality there absolutely stinks. Throw in the heat and humidity and you're really dealing with lousy air quality. I know because Atlanta has the traffic, heat, and humidy that Houston has and our air quality sucks.

I think Atlanta is improving now that many of the counties have implemented emissions checks, but we still have a helluva long way to go. As much as I love Atlanta and as much as I love living in the Sunbelt, I would have to disqualify almost any city in the Subelt in regards to good or adequate air quality.
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Old 03-03-2008, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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Dry, warm air that's never dirty. A perfect 10!
Summer brings wildfires so it can go down to 5 sometimes.
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Old 03-03-2008, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville,Florida
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The City of Miami and surrounding county has the best air quality with a city of its size(2.5 mill) and the amount of driving there is I will give it a 9 because if there is no seabreeze or forest fire it can be a particularly hazy day otherwise I would give it a 10..
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Old 03-03-2008, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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The Bay Area probably has the cleanest air of the large US Metros. All of gunk gets blown to Sacramento...poor Sac.

Here's an old ranking....still gives a good idea.
Air Pollution Ranked in US Metropolitan Areas: 1997
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:27 AM
 
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From what I found (2000), here are the cleanest cities as far as having zero days with an air quality levels above 100 by the EPA.

Miami
Minneapolis
Chicago
San Fran

With 1 day (still really clean)

Seattle
Boston

Then the bad ones....

LA - 48 days
Houston - 42 days
Atlanta - 26 days
Dallas - 20
Philly - 18

Of course this changes every year....Miami, Minneapolis, San Fran, Chicago - they've all had them in the past, but usually not many. Except Chicago, they had 25 days about 17 years ago.
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Old 03-04-2008, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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From what I found (2000), here are the cleanest cities as far as having zero days with an air quality levels above 100 by the EPA.

Miami
Minneapolis
Chicago
San Fran

With 1 day (still really clean)

Seattle
Boston

Then the bad ones....

LA - 48 days
Houston - 42 days
Atlanta - 26 days
Dallas - 20
Philly - 18

Of course this changes every year....Miami, Minneapolis, San Fran, Chicago - they've all had them in the past, but usually not many. Except Chicago, they had 25 days about 17 years ago.
very fortunate cities considering how big they are and all the traffic they have. Good to know.
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Old 03-04-2008, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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HA! There isn't anyplace in Houston that would be close to a 1. Between the refineries and the massive dependency on the automobile there--including long commutes--the air quality there absolutely stinks. Throw in the heat and humidity and you're really dealing with lousy air quality. I know because Atlanta has the traffic, heat, and humidy that Houston has and our air quality sucks.

I think Atlanta is improving now that many of the counties have implemented emissions checks, but we still have a helluva long way to go. As much as I love Atlanta and as much as I love living in the Sunbelt, I would have to disqualify almost any city in the Subelt in regards to good or adequate air quality.
I agree, but it's harder to tell when you've lived in it for 30 years.
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