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Least Polluted Cities In The U.S. Ranked In State Of The Air 2012

Posted: 05/13/2012 8:38 pm Updated: 05/14/2012 1:46 pm

Are you and your neighbors breathing healthy air?

American Lung Association has released their State Of The Air 2012 report, detailing cities with the least and most air pollution in America. Each city is ranked by ozone pollution, short-term particle pollution, and year-long particle pollution.

Below are the report's "Top 25 Least Polluted Cities By Year-Round Particle Pollution." Although many problem regions still exist, the report shows that all but three of the most ozone-polluted cities improved air quality, and over 50% of the worst smog-makers were having their best year thus far.

However, America’s air is far from perfect. You can view some of the country's most polluted cities by clicking here.

Click here to read more about the 2012 report, or visit the SOTA website.

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  • Santa Fe-Espanola, NM

  • Cheyenne, WY

    <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nostri-imago/2897070571/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr image courtesy of cliff1066™</a></em>

  • Prescott, AZ

    <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/power_on/2136991866/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr image courtesy of poweron</a></em>

  • Tucson, AZ

    <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/pasa/4998035436/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr image courtesy of pasa47</a></em>

  • Albuquerque, NM

    <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtungate/4412357949/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr image courtesy of mtungate</a></em>

  • Redding, CA

    <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/72213316@N00/4739507984/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr image courtesy of Alaskan Dude</a></em>

  • Colorado Springs, CO

    <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/timpearcelosgatos/5272484977/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr image courtesy of Tim Pearce, Los Gatos</a></em>

  • Flagstaff, AZ

    <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/st_a_sh/474301127/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr image courtesy of St_A_Sh</a></em>

  • Anchorage, AK

    <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/izik/2784075983/sizes/o/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr image courtesy of izik</a></em>

  • Boise City-Nampa, ID

    <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/boisechamber/3926685695/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr image courtesy of Boise Metro Chamber</a></em>

  • Salinas, CA

    <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jillclardy/2566262898/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr image courtesy of Jill Clardy</a></em>

  • Fort Collins-Loveland, CO

    <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/charkes/3638882229/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr image courtesy of charkesw</a></em>

  • Rapid City, SD

    <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16894927@N08/2912793258/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr image courtesy of todd.vision</a></em>

  • Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

    <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/33707373@N03/4673135258/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr image courtesy of Handmade Image</a></em>

  • Claremont-Lebanon, NH-VT

    <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/2968628662/sizes/o/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr image courtesy of Dougtone</a></em>

  • Sarasota-Bradenton-Punta Gorda, FL

    <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/eschipul/3001901992/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr image courtesy of eschipul</a></em>

  • Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

    <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rusty_clark/7062586669/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr image courtesy of Rusty Clark</a></em>

  • Bismarck, ND

    <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamiedfw/4845305408/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr image courtesy of jimbowen0306</a></em>

  • Duluth, MN-WI

    <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/84263554@N00/5171864183/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr image courtesy of kla4067</a></em>

  • Burlington-South Burlington, VT

    <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/redjar/113506183/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr image courtesy of redjar</a></em>

  • Bangor, ME

    <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/suckamc/6193799202/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr image courtesy of Martin Cathrae</a></em>

  • Gainesville, FL

    <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/naufragio/4231560/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr image courtesy of Naufragio</a></em>

  • El Centro, CA

    <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/joebielawa/4565452047/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr image courtesy of Joe Bielawa</a></em>

  • Honolulu, HI

    <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/snowpeak/7109721751/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr image courtesy of snowpeak</a></em>

  • Port St. Lucie-Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

    <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelhays/2084602699/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr image courtesy of michaelwhays</a></em>

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