Apparently our fair city is dirtier than I ever imagined, ranking 10th in the country in a study conducted by the American Lung Assocation. It's not the BCS, but at least it's some national ranking we can hang our hat on this fall and winter.
The study isn't based on, say, a lack of people taking showers, but rather the quality of the air we're breathing here in Pittsburgh. In the category of short-term particle pollution rank, we're #3, and in year-round particle pollution rank, #5. That's good for the old strength-of-schedule.
But it could be worse. At least we don't live in California, home to seven of the top 10 dirtiest cities. They're like the SEC of grimy air in this country, represented by Sacramento, Modesto, Hanford, Visalia, Fresno, LA, and Bakersfield. Now that's something to aspire to.
America's Dirtiest Cities [Forbes]