Do you live in Bakersfield, Los Angeles or Pittsburgh? If so, you have the unfortunate distinction of living in three of the cities with the worst air pollution in the USA. The American Lung Association recently released their tenth annual State of the Air report.

The comprehensive report examines, as the titles suggests, the state of the air in USA cities, including the 25 dirtiest cities defined by three different criteria - Smog, Year Round Particulate Pollution and Short Term Particulate Pollution.

According to The American Lung Association the 25 dirtiest cities with the highest year round particulate pollution are: Bakersfield, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Visalia, Birmingham, Hanford, Fresno, Cincinnati, Detroit, Cleveland, Charleston, Huntington, Louisville, Macon, St. Louis, Weirton, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Rome, Canton, York, Lancaster, New York City, Hagerstown and Houston.

The report also found that an estimated six out of ten Americans live in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution. In fact, a whopping 40.5 million Americans live in counties where the outdoor air failed all three tests. Minorities and lower income groups are disproportionately affected by illnesses caused by air pollution.

Some of the biggest sources of air pollution are dirty power plants, old diesel vehicles, heavy equipment, and ocean-going vessels.

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