Dirtiest Cities in America

CBSMiami.com 06/30/11

Miami is known for the sun, fun, night life, and miles of beaches. But, according to Travel & Leisure magazine, all that makes Miami great is also making it one of the dirtiest cities in America.

The magazine’s survey ranked cities based on a variety of items including: litter, air pollution, and even the taste of local tap water. But, some of the drawbacks that make cities “dirty” also help to push cities into the magazine’s favorite cities list.

Some of the dirty cities that offered plenty of things to do included: Memphis; Las Vegas; and Miami. All ranked highly for having great bar scenes, night life, live music, and great areas to people-watch.

Miami came in at number eight on the list of America’s Dirtiest Cities. Travelers ranked Florida poorly for cleanliness, which anyone who has traveled downtown could tell you is true, and safety.

The top five dirtiest cities were: New Orleans; Philadelphia; Los Angeles; Memphis; and New York City.

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