Eco-urban Traveler: Top 5 Least-Polluted Cities


Cities with low levels of pollution are some of the best places to live and visit because residents and visitors reap the health benefits of clean air and water. For this reason, such cities have an easy time attracting residents and tourists, especially families who want to limit their children’s exposure to toxins in the air and water.

Even though tourists to these cities only stay for a few days or weeks, they appreciate the efforts of cities that protect their air and water. They can breathe easy knowing they aren’t inhaling ozone and particulates while on vacation. Read on for a list of five cities that are among the best places to live and visit if you want to limit your exposure to pollutants.

5. Farmington, N.M.

This city and the surrounding Four Corners region offer clean water that’s ideal for full body contact (swimming) and fishing. The pristine air and water make outdoor activities very popular with people who come here on vacation. Hiking opportunities abound with trails covering a range of different types of terrain. With the many outdoor activities being a huge draw for visitors, the city’s economic future continues to protect the area’s natural resources from pollution.

4. Boston, Mass.

This large city earns a spot on the list thanks to the city’s number one ranking for energy efficiency by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. In partnership with utility providers, the city helps residents connect with energy-saving programs that reduce the city’s dependence on fossil fuels. The city is working on increasing its walking and biking areas and enhancing its mass transit system to reduce the number of cars on the city’s streets.

3. Kahului-Wailuku, Hawaii

This part of Maui is famous for its clean air and clear, blue skies. The volcanos on this island do not erupt, eliminating most concerns about fog. Unlike Oahu that’s home to Honolulu and its big city traffic, Maui has fewer cars, which means less air pollution.

2. St. George, Utah

This city ranks second on the American Lung Association’s list of U.S. municipalities with the least amount of particle pollution. Having this endorsement from this non-profit organization that’s dedicated to promoting clean air and lung health makes St. George one of the best places to live and visit for those who have breathing problems such as asthma. The city also works to protect its air, water, and land because of its proximity to Zion National Park.

1. Cheyenne, Wyo.

This capital city consistently earns kudos for its clean air from a variety of organizations. For example, it tops the American Lung Association’s low particle pollution list. Environmental advocates do worry about this city’s future given that fracking and natural gas drilling have created serious air pollution in the western part of the state.

Planning your vacation to the country’s cleanest cities means you’ll have a healthier stay. Reduce your eco-footprint on whatever city you visit by staying in a hotel that embraces eco-friendly practices and has eco-friendly architecture.

Vivid Times

This article is written by Vivid Time Staff member.