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What Are the Dirtiest Cities in America?

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Some of the most highly revered travel spots in the nation make up this year’s annual Travel and Leisure America’s Dirtiest Cities. The dirty list was compiled from reader surveys that asked participants to rank 35 metropolitan areas in regards to culture, dining, shopping, as well as cleanliness and the overall feeling of safety felt in those places.

After spending a year at the number 5 spot, New York City has come back louder and ruder this year to reclaim the prestigious title of America’s Dirtiest City, followed by the hurricane-addled city of New Orleans at number 2 and the rat-infested Baltimore third.

Most regions of the country are represented, though surprisingly no Midwest cities made the list. (Um, Detroit?) Perhaps all that cheese and sausage and corn leaves people too full to litter or something. Anyway, take a look at the top 10:

America’s 10 Dirtiest Cities

  1. New York City
  2. New Orleans
  3. Baltimore
  4. Los Angeles
  5. Atlanta
  6. Philadelphia
  7. Dallas/Fort Worth
  8. Miami
  9. Memphis
  10. Houston

[Travel and Leisure]

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