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Premature Mortality Due to Particulate Air Pollution in 239 American Cities


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Top 50 MSA's Ranked by Attributable Mortality

This table considers Metropolitan Statistical Areas ranked by the number of premature deaths attributable to particulate air pollution. The table identifies the top 50 MSA's of the 239 MSA's for which we have data.

RankMetropolitan Statistical Area Estimated Annual
Cardiopulmonary Deaths
Attributable to
Particulate Air Pollution
1 LOS ANGELES-LONG BEACH, CA 5,873
2 NEW YORK, NY-NJ 4,024
3 CHICAGO, IL 3,479
4 PHILADELPHIA, PA-NJ 2,599
5 DETROIT, MI 2,123
6 RIVERSIDE-SAN BERNARDINO, CA 1,905
7 SAN FRANCISCO-OAKLAND, CA 1,270
8 PITTSBURGH, PA 1,216
9 ST. LOUIS, MO-IL 1,195
10 CLEVELAND, OH 1,161
11 PHOENIX, AZ 1,110
12 ANAHEIM-SANTA ANA, CA 1,053
13 SAN DIEGO, CA 999
14 ATLANTA, GA 946
15 HOUSTON, TX 939
16 TAMPA-ST. PETERSBURG, FL 938
17 BALTIMORE, MD 861
18 NEWARK, NJ 819
19 BOSTON-LOWELL-BROCKTON-LAWRENCE-HAVERHILL, MA 792
20 DALLAS-FORT WORTH, TX 743
21 MIAMI, FL 645
22 CINCINNATI-HAMILTON, OH-KY-IN 617
23 NASSAU-SUFFOLK, NY 605
24 WASHINGTON, DC-MD-VA 588
25 MILWAUKEE, WI 518
26 KANSAS CITY, MO-KS 507
27 SEATTLE-EVERETT, WA 501
28 MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN-WI 495
29 INDIANAPOLIS, IN 494
30 FRESNO, CA 488
30 SACRAMENTO, CA 488
32 BAKERSFIELD, CA 464
33 PROVIDENCE-WARWICK-PAWTUCKET, RI 448
34 SAN JOSE, CA 447
35 NASHVILLE-DAVIDSON, TN 419
36 LOUISVILLE, KY-IN 392
37 BIRMINGHAM, AL 379
38 DENVER-BOULDER, CO 375
39 NEW ORLEANS, LA 369
40 COLUMBUS, OH 360
41 LAS VEGAS, NV 350
42 MEMPHIS, TN-AR-MS 345
43 STOCKTON, CA 321
44 NORTHEAST, PA (SCRANTON) 314
45 PORTLAND, OR-WA 307
46 GREENSBORO-WINSTON SALEM-HIGH POINT, NC 304
47 VISALIA-TULARE-PORTERVILLE, CA 302
48 JACKSONVILLE, FL 297
49 SALT LAKE CITY-OGDEN, UT 295
50 OMAHA, NE-IA 288

Metropolitan Statistical Areas are as defined by the Office of Management and Budget for 1980, except for New England, where areas are New England County Metropolitan Areas.

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