The Most (And Least) Toxic Places in America

Where you live in America makes a big difference to the air you breathe and how toxic your water and immediate environment is.


The Most Toxic Places In America


Pollution and the Deadly Data – Where We Are Now

So, where are the most – and least – toxic places in America? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been monitoring and assimilating data for decades to track how each state is doing. Air pollution, industrial pollutant disposal and the standard of municipal drinking water are some of the main factors under the microscope.

Let’s do the good news first. If you live in Hawaii, then you probably already know that you live in a place with a pretty fantastic natural environment. Likewise, much of New England scores well, with Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire all featuring in the top 10 least toxic places to live.

Fast Facts: The 50 Most (and Least) Toxic States in America

Here’s a handy, at-a-glance check list of the 50 most – and least – toxic (air and water quality) places to live in America, according to the EPA, listed from cleanest (1) to most toxic (50). Some of the entries might surprise you!

  1. Hawaii
  2. New Hampshire
  3. South Dakota
  4. Massachusetts
  5. New York
  6. Nebraska
  7. Rhode Island
  8. North Dakota
  9. Vermont
  10. Minnesota
  11. Maryland
  12. Idaho
  13. Wyoming
  14. Maine
  15. Washington
  16. Kansas
  17. Wisconsin
  18. Florida
  19. Virginia
  20. Iowa
  21. Missouri
  22. Mississippi
  23. Colorado
  24. Montana
  25. Georgia
  26. South Carolina
  27. North Carolina
  28. Connecticut
  29. Kentucky
  30. Arkansas
  31. New Mexico
  32. Michigan
  33. New Jersey
  34. Oklahoma
  35. California
  36. West Virginia
  37. Alabama
  38. Pennsylvania
  39. Tennessee
  40. Texas
  41. Arizona
  42. Oregon
  43. Illinois
  44. Ohio
  45. Delaware
  46. Alaska
  47. Utah
  48. Indiana
  49. Louisiana
  50. Nevada


Is YOUR State Putting Your Health at Risk?

If your home state is somewhere in the lower half – or towards the bottom – of this list, then you might reasonably feel concerned about the air quality where you live, and whether your drinking water is safe for you and your kids to enjoy.

It’s reasonable to be concerned about it: part of the EPA’s evaluations and ranking of the most and least toxic places in America focus on the health of citizens. For example: what is the air quality like in urban areas? What is the total toxic load from chemical pollutants per square mile? The numbers are important – each factor contributes to the overall risks of environmentally linked chronic health issues for the citizens of each state.

The devil really is in the detail with the EPA’s statistics. For example, to measure air quality, it is necessary to consider the various factors that contribute to airborne pollution, including:

  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Lead
  • Nitrogen Dioxide
  • Ozone
  • Particulate Matter
  • Sulfur Dioxide


Is Your Water Toxic?

Water quality is obviously a huge concern for millions of people across America. Unsurprising really – thousands of miles of waterpipes and waterways that cross the country are in a desperate state of disrepair. There are cast-iron pipes in roughly 600 towns and counties that are more than 100 years old. Up to 10 million homes across the country still rely on water that is supplied by lead pipes.

Where pipes are damaged, contamination occurs. But that’s okay, because the water treatment plants will take out the dangerous stuff before we drink it, right? Wrong. As a rule, water treatment facilities built years before the widespread use of the new-generation, highly toxic PFAS chemicals are ill-equipped to deal with this deadly risk. Exploding population centers and new, increasingly health-threatening containments in the water system mean that a patch-it-up, retrofit approach is completely inadequate.


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How to Protect Your Family in a Toxic Environment

So, what can you do to protect your family’s health, particularly if you live in one of the most toxic places on the EPA list?

Think about it from the point of view of aiming to reduce your toxic load. You have few options when it comes to meaningfully changing the air quality where you live, (although we can all do our bit, with cutting out unnecessary car journeys and so on). So, look at what is within your power to change, in order to minimize environment-linked health risks.


How to Drink Clean, Safe Water in a Toxic State

Switching the water you and your family drink is one of the most immediate and practical ways of cutting down – or cutting out – on waterborne toxins. Filter jugs are better than nothing but can’t tackle the most lethal contaminants frequently found in tap water.

Reverse osmosis water machines are adequate in the short term, but in the long term, carry their own risks: the vital minerals needed by your body are removed along with the toxic elements.

Drinking ionized alkaline water from a water ionizer is the perfect solution – especially if your tap water is a worry. Tyent water filters remove over 200 contaminants – including over 99% of deadly lead – but crucially, leave the minerals in the water intact and bioavailable. Whatever is in your source water, a Tyent Water Ionizer will transform it into healthful, delicious drinking water, while infusing it with naturally occurring molecular hydrogen. Why is that such an amazing thing? Check out this list of benefits to find out!


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Our award-winning team can advise on any pre-filters you need to deal with the unique cocktail of contaminants present in your source water. Even better, we have some truly amazing deals on water ionizers right now. So, whether you live in the most – or least – toxic place in America, there’s never been a better time to start drinking clean, safe and delicious alkaline hydrogen water!





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