As much as the idea of moving *again* (this time with an infant) is daunting, here’s another excellent reason why we need to get the hell outta Dodge (or out of LA county) and back up to SF, where we belong:

The most polluted cities, by year-round particle pollution:
1. Los Angeles – Long Beach – Riverside, CA
2. Pittsburgh – New Castle, PA
3. Bakersfield, CA
4. Birmingham – Hoover – Cullman, AL
5. Visalia – Porterville, CA
6. Atlanta – Sandy Springs – Gainesville, GA – AL
7. Cincinnati – Middletown – Wilmington, OH – KY – IN
8. Fresno – Madera, CA
8. Hanford – Corcoran, CA
8. Detroit – Warren – Flint, MI
8. Cleveland – Akron – Elyria, OH

The most polluted cities, by ozone pollution:
1. Los Angeles – Long Beach – Riverside, CA
2. Bakersfield, CA
3. Visalia – Porterville, CA
4. Houston- Baytown – Huntsville, TX
5. Fresno – Madera, CA
6. Sacramento – Arden – Arcade – Yuba City, CA – NV
7. Dallas – Fort Worth, TX
8. New York – Newark – Bridgeport, NY – NJ – CT – PA
9. Washington – Baltimore – Northern Virginia, DC – MD – VA – WV
10. Baton Rouge – Pierre Part, LA

And if that’s not enough, how about this stat:
Pediatric asthma in San Francisco county: 10,253
Pediatric asthma in Los Angeles county: 248,723

Yeah, I’m off to peruse apartment listings…

(from here, via here)

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