Forbes 2008 List Rates Miami as America’s Cleanest City

Boating In Americas Cleanest City

Miami led the pack as the cleanest city in America as the Sunshine State dominates the 2008 list by Forbes.com. Four metro areas ranked in the top 10 with Jacksonville (No. 3), Orlando (No. 4) and Tampa St. Petersburg (No. 8). With built in advantages of weather patterns that blow out smog with warm sea breezes, there are also city efforts for cleanliness as we reap the rewards during Florida’s population boom. The migration has been sharp in the Sunbelt, with Jacksonville growing its population 8% and Miami 11.5% since the beginning of the decade. Beyond health, cleanliness appears to have a crucial economic impact. Economic factors go into a person’s choice to move but a great reputation for clean air, water and streets seems to play a big part as well.

“Air quality is a huge health factor for urban dwellers, so we made it a very big deal in our study. To determine the cleanest major cities in the U.S., we initially measured the rankings for air pollution and ozone levels among all 49 U.S. metro areas with populations exceeding 1 million, using data from the American Lung Association. After eliminating those areas that ranked poorest in air quality, we measured the remaining 29 cities on the additional but less weighted factors of water quality and per capita spending on Superfund site cleanup and solid waste management. From this list, we drew our top 10.”

Forbes.com Article

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7 thoughts on “Forbes 2008 List Rates Miami as America’s Cleanest City

  1. I just read your article regarding Miami as being
    America’s cleanest city. The Scorecard pollution
    locator lists this county as one of the most polluted.
    All indicators are in the red zone. Who has the
    correct information?

    Thank you,

    Vicki

  2. May need further investingating yet this was derived from the Forbes article:

    Air quality is a huge health factor for urban dwellers, so we made it a very big deal in our study. To determine the cleanest major cities in the U.S., we initially measured the rankings for air pollution and ozone levels among all 49 U.S. metro areas with populations exceeding 1 million, using data from the American Lung Association. After eliminating those areas that ranked poorest in air quality, we measured the remaining 29 cities on the additional but less-weighted factors of water quality and per-capita spending on Superfund site cleanup and solid-waste management. From this list, we drew our top 10.

  3. With 10 minutes of further investigating on ScoreCard’s website in comparison with Los Angeles, Miami Dade (33139) shows as “No manufacturing Facilities” then “No waste sites in DADE County.” Then again the last testing was done by ScoreCard in 1999 almost a decade ago!

    Forbes mentions the water rankings:

    “Water cleanliness rankings were derived from statistics compiled by the University of Cincinnati from local reports of EPA violations. Metros were ranked based on reports of bacteria, chlorine byproducts and chemicals or metals such as arsenic, copper and lead in the drinking water.”