Bakersfield is the nation's most polluted city
Photo: David Jordan
MSA: Bakersfield, Calif.
Worst county: Kern County
PM2.5 annual design value (2007-2009): 22.6
Total population: 807,400 people potentially exposed
We make either the top or bottom of so many lists! We're at the very southern end of a valley. and the wind blows all the junk from the bay area, where it sits blocked in by mountains. It's another reason so many of us have asthma, sinus infections, and valley fever. And we get Tule (toolie) fog, which like the air, hangs in the lowest places and holds in all of the particulate matter (and causes way too many wrecks!).
Honestly, we can drive to the coast for a day, and you can feel the pressure start receding. When you drive home over the Grapevine (Hwy 99) and start the decline you can see the brown stuff hanging over the valley. Move? Where. How. All of our kids are here...Maybe a mass exodus is needed!
I've gotta go use my Netti Pot!