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Here Are the 10 Cleanest (and 10 Dirtiest) Cities in America

Everyone has pride for their city. There's always something people can point to as a point of pride for their hometown, whether it's the skyline, the historic buildings, the stadiums or something else. But when you think of your favorite city, does cleanliness factor in?

Forbes recently conducted a study of the 20 largest cities in the United States and determined how clean each of them were. They then put them in order in one handy-dandy chart for us to see. Take a look:

cleanest and dirtiest cities

It's hard to believe New York isn't in last place. Isn't the city just permanently associated with rats in every alley and monsters in the sewers? But then again, anyone who's ever visited Los Angeles will know it's basically one giant dumpster. Have you ever actually walked down Hollywood Boulevard?

Minneapolis, of course, wins first prize, making it the 1078th study that proves Minneapolis is better than all other cities and yet no one actually wants to live there. Also a little surprised to not see Portland higher. You'd think they'd be all-in on recycling and green initiatives to keep the city clean, but I guess all those hipsters smoking outside their favorite used book store is ruining that vibe.

Also "dirtiest" must only refer to trash and not the integrity of politicians, otherwise Washington D.C. would be much lower on this list.


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