The American Lung Association says their annual air quality "report card" tracks Americans' exposure to unhealthy levels of ozone or particle pollution, both of which can be deadly.
Denver is often considered one of the healthiest cities in the country, but not when it comes to the air we breathe.
An increasing number of Americans - more than 4 in 10 - lives with poor air quality, according to the American Lung Association's 2019 "State of the Air" report.
The American Lung Association says the biggest things Colorado can do to change this is support clean air legislation and take alternative transportation to reduce cars on the roads as well as becoming more conscious of our energy consumption.
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Eugene-Springfield came in at No. 19 for short-term particle pollution, Bend-Prineville at No. 22 and Portland-Vancouver-Salem at No. 23.
The State of the Air report credits these improvements - which come in spite of population, GDP and vehicle travel increases. That's two spots higher than last year's report. Lane County experienced a significant increase in unhealthy particle days and received an "F" grade in the report.
Particle pollution levels are slightly lower nationwide compared to past year thanks to the cleanup of coal-fired power plants and the retirement of old diesel engines. "Year-round particle pollution levels have dropped thanks to the cleanup of coal-fired power plants and the retirement of old, dirty diesel engines". ".Warmer weather makes ozone more likely to form".
While the report examined data from 2015-2017, this 20th annual report online provides information on air pollution trends back to the first report.