The 3 Best Florida Towns For Clean Air

The 3 Best Places in Florida for Air Quality

Who Should Take Clean Air Into Consideration When Choosing a Place to Live or Retire in Florida?

Everyone. Why? Because you’ll learn below how air pollution such as ozone can cause serious diseases and defects in children and adults alike and lead to premature death.

So even if you’re entirely healthy now, it may be wise to chose a city or town with the best air quality possible, so you can stay that way. If your family history includes lung ailments or diseases, or if you or someone in your family already suffers from one, choosing a town with the best air is may be a priority.

Florida Towns with the Healthiest Air

If you were to look at all of the fossil fuel burning power plants in Florida and the congested interstates up and down the east and west coasts of Florida and around Orlando, you might wonder how the state could possibly have any place with clean air readings. Well, It has to do with some unique features of the state of Florida.

First of all, when viewed from space, you’ll notice most of Florida is a long thin piece of land surrounded on 3 sides by large bodies of water. In the part of Florida where the cities with the cleanest air are located, half of the state is flat as a pancake. There are no mountains, hills or valleys to hold pollutants in any area for any length of time. The general air flow most of the time is from west to east in the areas named as having the best air. All of our the highest quality air cities are on the west coast of Florida and generally have clean air coming off the Gulf and then moving any pollution in the area, inland.

Salt and Lung Conditions

Legend has it that miners who worked in salt mines rarely suffered any kind of lung problems, even if they were smokers, as many miners years ago were. Millions of people in other parts of the world swear that spending time in salt caves improves their breathing and eases their asthma. Today, they are business that make salt caves and “salt rooms” available for people who pay to sit in these places to breath in the salty air for relief from their lung issues.

I have also seen reports from people who say they have experienced easier breathing while at a saltwater beach. I did not find any published study that has proved or disproved the effectiveness of breathing air that has blown in off of saltwater, but all of the towns on this best air quality list do have that benefit (if it is in fact one) in addition to have the cleanest air that was measured by monitoring over many years.

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Specific Air Quality Rankings of Florida’s Best Places to Live for Clean Air

There are two main types of air pollution that damage the lungs of Americans

  • Ozone: This is the most deadly and widespread type of air pollution. Worse yet, it’s invisible and you may have no idea that you’re breathing this lung-searing pollutant. Ozone is what results when the sun’s rays heat-up particle pollution that was put into the air from sources such as car exhaust and fossil fuel burning power plants. According to the American Lung Association, ozone can cause damage to lung tissue even in healthy individuals that don’t have asthma or any other type of lung disease. Ozone may cause cancer, asthma attacks, developmental damage in children, reproductive damage, cardiovascular damage and lung tissue swelling and more.
  • Particle Pollution: If you’ve ever seen dirty exhaust coming out of a car, truck or smokestack, you’ve seen particle pollution. That pollution can lead to death in the form of asthma attacks that choke off a person’s ability to breath. It can also cause lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer in the US which kills almost all of it’s victims in less than 5 years after a diagnosis. Particle air pollution also raises the risk of heart disease, the #1 killer disease in America today.

Additional Requirements to Make Our Cities with the Best Air Quality in Florida List

In order to qualify for our towns with the cleanest air list, all towns must also meet all of our other stringent requirements on quality of life factors. So yes, in addition to the best air, they must also have…

  • Property and violent crime rates lower than the national average.
  • Higher ranked schools overall than what you’ll find in most of Florida. I feel this can help to maintaining those lower crime rates and whether you own or rent, you’re directly or indirectly paying for those schools.
  • Better employment prospects than most other cities in Florida, which again can help places remain safe places to live.
  • More restaurants, pubs, parks, shops, etc. per capita than the average for Florida and meet all of our other criteria too.

You may find lists of places in Florida that have the best air quality in the state, but they did not qualify for this article because they had other quality of life factors that were too low.

To qualify for our best places to live in Florida for cleaner air, cities must have better air quality, as well as other quality of life factors that are higher than what you’ll find in most of Florida. These towns had no problem doing that. In fact, they have all previously made other best places lists on this website such as the best places for golfers, or to raise a family or best beach town in Florida. So here they are…

The 3 Best Towns to Live or Retire in Florida for the Cleanest Air and a High Quality of Life

In no special order…

1) Cape Coral Florida

According to the latest State of the Air Report from the American Lung Association (as of this writing update), Cape Coral Florida had the following ratings:

Ozone – B

Particle Pollution 24-hour – B

Particle Pollution Annual – Pass

See a Cape Coral Florida Video

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2)Bonita Springs Florida

According to the latest State of the Air Report from the American Lung Association (as of this writing update), Bonita Springs Florida had the following ratings:

Ozone – B

Particle Pollution 24-hour – B

Particle Pollution Annual – Pass

See a Bonita Springs Florida Video

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3) Naples Florida

According to the latest State of the Air Report from the American Lung Association (as of this writing update), Naples Florida had the following ratings:

Ozone – A

Particle Pollution – DNC (No monitor for this pollutant exists in this area)

Particle Pollution Annual – DNC (No monitor for this pollutant exists in this area)

See a Naples Florida Video

Please Note: Research for this post came from various sources including information from the National Lung Association.
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Ron Stack “That Best Places Guy”

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12 thoughts on “The 3 Best Florida Towns For Clean Air”

  1. can you send me some information about rent prices shopping churches my husband and i wish to retire need reasonable rent and area to live good air for him where he can get out and enjoy life thank you need to relocate soon

    • Hello Frances,
      The places listed in this post not only have the cleanest air in Florida according to experts, they also offer the best air quality in the US. As far as housing cost in these 3 cities, both home prices and rentals in Naples will be among the highest in both Florida and the nation. It would be hard for anyone with an average income to afford to live here. Bonita Springs is a little more affordable but may still be a struggle for most folks. Cape Coral has traditionally been one of the cheapest places to buy in Florida, particularly new construction or newer homes because of the enormous number of normally cheap, ready to build lots for builders to put a building on.

      However, after a record 10 years without a hit on Florida by a major hurricane and 8 years of the Fed keeping interest rates at ridiculous artificially low, savings destroying levels, yet another bubble has formed in real estate markets. Rentals too, are high everywhere all across Florida except in high crime areas, but even those rent prices are higher than normal.

      Since you have an internet connection, I suggest you search rental prices at Realtor.com. There you’ll see homes for sale and rent along with pricing. While the homes and condos listed aren’t the whole market of what’s available in an area, it will give you an idea if you can afford to live in the places in Florida with the best air, at today’s prices.

      When the major hurricane hit drought ends (who knows, could be during this year’s 6 month hurricane season) or when the Fed raises rates or a host of other events take place, I expect pricing in Florida and elsewhere to change and living in these places in Florida with better air will become more affordable. Well, at least until the next bubble starts. I suggest you also learn what negatives you’ll gain by moving to Florida for better air. You may decide that when everything is considered, you may gain too many negatives to gain the better air benefit. Good luck Frances.
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      Ron Stack

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  2. Thank you so much for putting this information together. It is very relevant to us now, as I home to move us to Florida someday.

    I also appreciate your thorough response to Frances.

    Take care!
    Gayle (from southern California)

  3. I have two concerns with these areas. The number of Golf Courses in all three of the places which are routinely sprayed with pesticides and herbicides. And the seasonal red tides. Is this something I shouldn’t worry about?

    • Hello Kinga P,
      You obviously haven’t read the Florida Move Guide, the book I wrote about moving to Florida. The golf courses? The streets in your Florida neighborhood will be clogged with trucks carrying pesticides and herbicides spraying regularly right next door to you. All that sun and rain causes weeds to grow like they’re on steroids. And insects… That Florida manicured look doesn’t happen naturally.

      Red tide, also thoroughly covered in the book, is not “seasonal”, but when it invades the water off the coast…

      You are asking the right questions, it’s just that 99.9% of what you’ll find out there is put out by folks selling the Florida dream for their own personal gain. There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s free enterprise. But I feel we have a duty to protect our own best interest. Thank you for the on-topic questions.
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      Ron Stack “That Best Places Guy”

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      • So where in Florida is the cleanest air for the months of January, February, March? Are these three the ones?
        You mentioned golf courses (we do not golf) and red tide(we do not fish) we are RVers, walkers and hikers and would like to get out of the cold months in MA…

        • Hello Paulette,
          A few things to consider…

          During the winter, snowbirds and tourist (many with their cars) temporarily swell Florida’s population by the millions. Car exhaust and the sun’s rays produce ozone. So…

          According to the American Lung Association, “Gainesville, Lake City, Palm Bay, Melbourne, and Titusville were named on the cleanest cities list for short-term and year-round particle pollution after experiencing zero unhealthy air days.” However, ozone would be my main concern. Additionally, none of these places qualify as a best place on this website, mostly because of crime.
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          Ron Stack “That Best Places Guy” of Zeus Press Inc

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        • Hello Heather. All 3 of the places on this better air quality list, and all of the places on all of my lists are safe. Safety is the first hurdle a place must pass to be considered for inclusion anywhere on the site. This page explains just how my choices are.
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          Ron Stack “That Best Places Guy” of Zeus Press Inc

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    • Golf courses should be what naturally grows there and never watered. The putting area no bigger than 10’x10′.

    • Yes Toxic sprays on golf courses Carried by winds to surrounding communities are know to cause cancers especially sarcoma cancer. Our attorney friends represented 3 ppl who got sarcoma from living within a mile of the golf course. Unless the golf course is one of the Few Audubon approved and doesn’t use toxic sprays.

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