No one likes to feel like they are behind the exhaust pipe of a 1967 VW bus when they step outside. Air quality and pollution has a significant impact on a person’s quality of life, but it’s also something that many people living in major cities don’t think about. In cases of people dealing with the smog of places like Los Angeles, it’s likely because they assume that crummy air is just a fact of life.
That isn’t the case everywhere, as some large cities have managed to avoid the pollution that impacts many large urban areas. In some cases, this is because governments have made an effort to reduce dirty air by adopting eco-friendly ordinances; other cities are helped by their geography and climate. Regardless of the reasons, we rated these 10 large cities (with a population of over 200,000) as having the cleanest air in the United States based on a variety of factors. Take a deep breath and get ready to find out where in the U.S. that breath would be the healthiest.