Bakersfield, despite some improvements, is still one of the most polluted cities in the country

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – Bakersfield is still one of the most polluted cities in the country, according to the American Lung Association’s new State of the Air report.

The report, spanning data from 2017 to 2019, ranks cities based on the number of days with high ozone levels, annual and 24-hour particulate pollution, and the microscopic debris suspended in the air. This type of pollution can be caused by forest fires, wood stoves, engines, and more.

The Bakersfield metropolitan area was ranked first among 204 other metropolitan areas for annual particulate pollution, according to the report. It took second place for days with high ozone levels and third place for 24-hour particulate pollution.

While the Bakersfield area was among the highest in the country in these categories, some improvements were made. According to the report, short-term and annual particulate pollution has been falling since 2013. The current values ​​are the lowest since 2010.

Ozone pollution, on the other hand, has remained largely constant since 2013, as the data show.

Seven other California cities are also among the most polluted cities in the country, including the Fresno and Visalia areas.

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