These are the 10 worst places to live in the U.S. if you want clean air

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You might be surprised to learn that the place with the most polluted air in the U.S. isn’t a big city, but a small town in California.

This month, The Guardian released an analysis in conjunction with a group of researchers from several institutions, including the University of Washington, to rank the neighborhoods across the contiguous U.S. that have the worst air pollution.

Julian Marshall, professor of environmental engineering at the University of Washington, told The Guardian that the analysis shows that neighborhoods with the worst air quality were predominantly Black and Hispanic.

“What we’re seeing here is segregation,” Marshall said. “You have segregation of people and segregation of pollution.”

The data in this analysis was recorded between 2011 and 2015 and even though that was eight years ago, researchers say pollution patterns tend to remain steady over several years.

No. 1 worst place to live in the U.S. if you want clean air: Bakersfield, California

Bakersfield, California, is in the state’s Central Valley and about 100 miles north of Los Angeles.

It has the most unhealthy air in the U.S., and a lot of that is thanks to the location. Kern County, where Bakersfield is located, produces the most oil in California.

The area is most known for production in natural gas, mining, and petroleum refining. All of these industries have contributed to the worsening air pollution.

According to The Guardian, the entire region has failed to meet the Clean Air Act’s target for most of the last 25 years.

10 worst places to live in the U.S. if you want clear air


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