A city in-and-of-itself will, of course, possesses many aspects that will make it appear outwardly dirty. Industry, high populations, smog, litter, water quality, dated building and infrastructures etc all play a role in what makes up a city. All of these factors make it difficult to pinpoint precisely, what can be considered clean in regard to a city. However, according to CSNBC.com this determination is made bases on the following factors:
1. Water availability and drinkability
2. Waste removal
3. Sewage systems
4. Air pollution
5. Traffic congestion.
No, 1 list is the same. Each study carried out produces different results, depending on the source undergoing the study. That being said, the top ten list of US cities that have been determined to be the cleanest, in this situation, was taken from a Time Life magazine study. The top 10 are as follows.
10. Silver City, New Mexico
• This New Mexico city, with a population of about 11, 000, tops off the list at number 10. Starting out as a mining tent city with zero environmental regulations, this city has been transformed since the silver was completely mined out. These days the clean desert air encapsulated the city.
9. Pocatello, Idaho
• With a population of about 55,000 this Idaho city is an asthmatics paradise. The air quality is nearly as pristine now as it was back when the town was populated by covered wagons.
8. Jackson, Wyoming
• Located near the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks this city of about 10,000 comes it at number 8. This area comprises high income per-capita per household, is a major resort area and a major tourist destination. All of these factors make this a destination with minimum industry and higher air quality standards.
7. Farmington, New Mexico
• Coming in at number 7 is another New Mexico city. With a population of about 46,000 this NM city houses some of the cleanest air in the nation. A nearby coal plant threatens the its air quality, however, the EPA has put pressure on the plant to reduce emissions.
6. Dickson, North Dakota
• With a population of nearly 16,000 this North Dakota city comes in at number 6 on our list. Low population density over a relatively large area allows for cleaner air quality for the city as a whole. This cloud threatened, however, by nearby haze being produced in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
5/4. Kahului-Wailuku, Hawaii
• With a population of 25,000 residents this island city is encapsulated by towering mountain precipices and sparkling blue oceans. This city is practically paradise with mild temperatures, clean air and relatively cloudless days.
3. Cheyenne, Wyoming
• This capital Wyoming city boasts a population of nearly 60,000 residents and is surrounded by towering mountain vistas and contains high clean air quality. This has the potential to change, however, as drilling and fracking operations in Western WY is increasing smog production that could affect the Cheyenne area if nothing is done to change this.
2. Santa Fe, New Mexico
• With a population of nearly 68, 000, this New Mexico capital city, comes in at number 2 on our list. This city boasts both healthy air quality as well as serving as a model for western living. In quality-of-life studies and surveys taken, Santa Fe comes up on top frequently, and the regions environment plays a big role in that determination.
1. Clearlake, California
• With a population of a little over 15,000 this California city, which is situated amongst rolling landscapes and around a magnificent lake, comes in at number 1. Though Clear Lake itself has high mercury level issues, the air contained within it is practically the cleanest in the country.