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Old 02-20-2009, 11:07 PM
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I would agree that the air quality in San Jose is definitely worse than in San Diego. I lived in San Diego for ten years and there was almost no bad air quality except for remote, sparsely populated inland areas. Most of that area enjoys a sea breeze. San Jose traps in smog because of the mountains all around it.
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Old 02-22-2009, 06:52 PM
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It's been raining here for two months solid, so the air quality is pretty good now.

San Diego has a nice volume of air coming off the coast the keeps the air clean...

San Jose is in a Valley, mich like LA, so it gets trapped. It's still not that bad.

This would be the least of my concerns when moving here.
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Old 02-26-2009, 09:20 AM
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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Air quality it MUCH better in San Jose than it is in San Diego. Here is a list of the top 25 cities with the cleanest air according to Money magazine. You can add cities and compare to the list. Best places to live 2008 - Top 25: Cleanest air - from MONEY Magazine

City Air quality index
(% days AQI
ranked good) Personal crime/
(per 1,000) Property crime/
(per 1,000) Median
time (mins.) % pop. with
commute 45
mins. or longer Remove San Diego, CA 52.9% 5 36 20.3 8.9% Remove San Jose, CA 77.5% 4 26 24.3 16.8%
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