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AIR QUALITY


The Air Quality table shows the 13-year average of the EPA's Air Quality Index, an approximate indicator of overall air pollution. The index is based on measurements of carbon monoxide, ozone and other pollutants.

The % Good/Moderate Days column is the percentage of days measured in your favorite retirement city or town that offered good to moderate air quality with the lowest level of pollutants.

The 13 cities with a Good/Moderate ratio of 100% have the best air quality of our 100 top retirement cities.


Air Quality
2001 - 2013
  % Good/ Unhealthy Unhealthy/  
  Good/ Moderate Days For VU  
  Moderate Days SensPerson Days GPTR
City/Town Days per Year per Year per Year Rank
Monterey, CA 100% 361 0 0 1
Fargo, ND 100% 360 0 0 1
Santa Fe, NM 100% 358 0 0 1
Naples, FL 100% 338 0 0 1
Bellingham, WA 100% 337 0 0 1
Port Townsend, WA 100% 307 0 0 1
Aspen, CO 100% 289 0 0 1
Vail, CO 100% 254 0 0 1
Prescott, AZ 100% 224 0 0 1
Pinehurst, NC 100% 209 0 0 1
Hot Springs Village, AR 100% 151 0 0 1
Lynchburg, VA 100% 151 0 0 1
Boone, NC 100% 145 0 0 1
Kingston, NY 99.7% 361 1 0 14
Bigfork, MT 99.7% 359 1 0 14
Good/Moderate = Air quality is measured as good to moderate quality
Unhealthy for SensPerson = Air quality is measured as unhealthy for sensitive
      persons
Unhealthy/VU = Air quality is measured as unhealthy/very unhealthy for all
     persons
Total number of days measured per location is 365 or less.
GPTR Rank - Higher "% Good/Moderate Days" is better


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