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Northern Colorado: Great Place to Live, Not a Great Place to Breathe

The Honeywell Airgenius Awards are in and Colorado didn’t make the grade!

Colorado Doesn't Make the Grade in Air Quality
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Honeywell studied the air in the 100 most-populated cities in America, focusing on pollen count, public smoking laws, “green” city rankings, and particulate matter and ozone concentrations. Then, they ranked the cities accordingly and found that those in Florida performed the best, with six metropolitan areas in the top 25.

Colorado didn’t make the grade in the sunlight or the shade, Fort Collins, Loveland and Greeley might as well be breathing through tea leaves. Okay, so that really doesn’t make much sense, but when you look at our pollutants we don’t stand a chance at scoring very high on an air quality test. This time of year we seem to do a little bit better overall, but when the dust, dirt and pollen flies it can be quite miserable.


  1. Palm Bay/Melbourne/Titusville, Florida
  2. Cape Coral/Fort Myers, Florida
  3. North Port-Bradenton/Sarasota, Florida
  4. Honolulu, Hawaii
  5. Tucson, Arizona
  6. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  7. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  8. Seattle/Tacoma/Bellevue, Washington
  9. Charleston/North Charleston/Summerville, South Carolina
  10. Lakeland/Winter Haven, Florida

Anyone want to pack a bag and join me in Florida? Our ‘southern’ cousin, Colorado Springs did make the list, so if Florida is out of the question, I could meet you at the Garden of the Gods. :) All in All we have a great home here in northern Colorado, and with the beautiful scenery, I’m not complaining.



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