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It’s no secret that pollution is 100% the fault of our society. From water to land to air, we have polluted the most essential resources this planet provides us to survive.

While both countries and individuals alike are working to better the environment and our effect on it, you may not want to wait to experience better quality resources. 

Whether you are looking for somewhere to vacation or to relocate entirely to a place where our environmental impact is more heavily considered, these are the cities with the best air quality in the USA.

4 Cities with the Best Air Quality in the USA

Why Should You Care About Air Quality?

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We don’t often think about the air that we breathe. In fact, we don’t think about breathing at all as it’s a natural instinct and action. However, when you live somewhere with poor air quality, you may notice that it affects your health. 

It can have disastrous effects on our lungs and even enter our bloodstream. If you feel your body could use some detoxification, you can receive specialized treatment at medical facilities such as the Institute of Natural Health before you relocate to give your body a fresh start. 

When you’re looking to relocate to a new city, be sure to look at the air quality index, especially if you already have a health condition such as cancer. Here are some of your best options. 

Honolulu, Hawaii

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The city in the USA with the absolute best air quality is Honolulu, Hawaii. This metropolitan city on one of the most tropical islands in paradise has 339 good air quality days out of the entire year. 

Imagine living on the gorgeous islands of Hawaii while also benefitting from living in a city and breathing the highest quality air on American soil. It’s a no-brainer! 

Lakeland & Winter Haven, Florida

The Sunshine state makes its way onto our list, with the cities of Lakeland and Winter Haven having the second-best air quality in the country.

You’ll experience 314 good air quality days throughout the year and enjoy the warm weather as you breathe in non-toxic and clean air while sitting in the sun, running errands, or simply going for a walk in this pleasant city.

Fort Myers, Florida

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Yet another Florida city earns a place on the list as having some of the best air quality in the United States.

Located on the west coast of Florida near some of the most beautiful and relaxing beaches in the country, you can count on breathing the freshest and cleanest air while living in or visiting Fort Myers

Syracuse, New York

Moving north to upstate New York, you’ll find that Syracuse has crisp, healthy, and fresh air in this smaller city.

Not only will you get to experience all four seasons during your time in Syracuse, but you can rest assured the air quality is not affecting your health terribly. You can expect to have 337 days of great air quality throughout the year in this northern city. 

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 100+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.



  1. We will be in Fort Myers soon Meg. Should be a fun stay with my friends who live down there.


    • Have an amazing trip Ryan!

  2. Florida has high humidity and air is not healthy for this reason

    • Hi Natalia :) I’ve always understood that that humid air is better for your sinuses than dry air, which is why places like Florida would make the list. Happy to look further into this :)

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