In the Lincoln, Nebraska Journal Star, Christina Lavinga writes in Interactive: The most polluted states in America:
Nebraska is on the list of most polluted states in America. See how it stacks up with those even more polluted and what the statistics show about pollution here.
Using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HealthGrove analyzed average daily fine particulate matter (ug/m3) from 2003 to 2011. We ranked the 25 most polluted states based on PM2.5 particle levels. For each state, we list the most polluted county as well as the rate of cancer and heart disease deaths — both of which are correlated to air pollutant levels
Minnesotans addicted to listicles delineating Minnesota's awesomeness aren't going to be happy that Minnesota is in the top 25, but may find some solace in knowing that since we're number 20, 19 other states breathe even dirtier air that ours.
Here are the quick facts for Minnesota, according to the article:
Air Pollution (ug/m3): 11.69
Cancer Deaths (per 100K): 177.1
Heart Disease Deaths (per 100K): 142.3
Most Polluted County: Pope
A reader sent us the article, with questions about what made Chippewa County part of the bruised eye at the center of the map. We'll have to investigate that in the light of day.
In the meantime, we embed the interactive below so that readers can click on their counties for the dirty truth:
Screenshot: We're #20! In air pollution!
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