Forbes Publishes “Most Toxic Cities in US” List

polutionForbes Magazine published a list of the most and least toxic cities in the US to live in.  As a New Yorker and something of an environmentalist, I was surprised to learn we are not on the “Most” list.  Even more surprised to find us on the “Least” list.  Anyway, for those considering a move after graduation or a new city to launch your new career, keep this in mind when weighing quality of life against availablity of employment.  List after the jump… The most toxic cities: 1. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta 2. Detroit-Warren-Livonia 3. Chicago-Naperville-Joliet 4. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown 5. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington 6. Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor 7. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana 8. Jacksonville 9. Baltimore-Towson 10. Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton The least toxic cities: 1. Las Vegas-Paradise 2. Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville 3. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 4. Austin-Round Rock 5. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 6. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos 7. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News 8. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara 9. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island 10. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale For the full list, visit Forbes here. Read more at:

3 Responses to “Forbes Publishes “Most Toxic Cities in US” List”

  1. New York City subway system provides an important microenvironment for metal exposures for NYC commuters and subway workers and also describe an ongoing pilot study of NYC transit workers’ exposure to steel dust. Results from the TEACH (Toxic Exposure Assessment, a Columbia and Harvard) study in 1999 of 41 high-school students strongly suggest that elevated levels of iron, manganese, and chromium in personal air samples were due to exposure to steel dust in the NYC subway. Airborne concentrations of these three metals associated with fine particulate matter were observed to be more than 100 times greater in the subway environment than in home indoor or outdoor settings in NYC.

    Not toxic??????????????

    • That is pretty interesting information Thelma. I am not sure what criteria Forbes used to create their list. And given the high concentration of synthetic materials found in any major metropolitan area, I fail to see how any major US city could be considered non-toxic.

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