June 09

Air Pollution in the United States: What Are the Most Polluted Places in America in 2022? 

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Air pollution is a serious public health issue worldwide. The World Health Organization estimates that at least seven million premature deaths across the globe can be attributed to air pollution exposure, and 99% of the world’s population lives in an area with more pollution than the WHO suggests is safe for humans to be exposed to (1).

Although the majority of these premature air pollution-related deaths occur in low- and middle-income nations, with countries in West Africa and South Asia experiencing the highest per-capita rates of deaths related to poor indoor air quality, many populations in the United States are at significant risk of health complications caused by air pollution (2).

In this article, air quality experts from Camfil USA, a global leader in air filtration technology, research, and engineering, discuss the most polluted areas in the United States, based on data from the American Lung Association’s 2022 State of the Air Report (SOTA).

2022 State of the Air Report Findings Explained

Each year for the past twenty-three years, the American Lung Association has published its State of the Air Report (SOTA), which is an extensive analysis of American air quality based on air quality monitoring data from across the country. Air quality data — which was obtained from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Quality System (AQS) — was available in 932 counties, representing 263 million Americans (3).

Importantly, many counties do not have...



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