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Salt Lake City among Top 25 cleanest cities in US: study

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Posted at 11:20 AM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 13:20:09-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Inversion? What inversion?

Salt Lake City is nearly clean as a whistle, at least in the eyes of one study that set out to determine the dirtiest cities in the U.S.

The 200 biggest cities in the country were measured across 20 key metrics, including air quality, water quality, population density, annual excess fuel consumption, and greenhouse-gas emissions.

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Out of the 200 cities, Salt Lake City ranked 176th overall, or as Utahns like to see it, the 25th cleanest in the U.S.

SLC ranked high among the following categories:

  • POLLUTION RANK - 133 (out of 200)
  • LIVING CONDITIONS RANK - 168
  • CITIZEN SATISFACTION RANK - 46
  • INFRASTRUCTURE RANK - 197

As expected, the country's dirtiest cities are located in high-density population areas, with the top two (Palmdale and Los Angeles) situated in Southern California.

TOP 10 DIRTIEST U.S. CITIES:

1. Palmdale, CA
2. Los Angeles
3. Newark
4. Houston
5. San Antonio
6. New York City
7. New Orleans
8. Long Beach, CA
9. Memphis
10. Chicago

TOP 10 CLEANEST U.S. CITIES:

1. Winston-Salem, NC
2. Frisco, TX
3. Madison, WI
4. Dayton, OH
5. St. Paul, MN
6. Metarie, LA
7. Elk Grove, CA
8. Clarksville, TN
9. McKinney, TX
10. Lexington, TX

CLICK HERE for the complete rankings.