2017-2022

World's most polluted cities

Most polluted city ranking based on annual average PM2.5 concentration (μg/m³)

2022

World Air Quality Report

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0-5

Meets WHO guideline

5.1-10

Exceeds by 1 to 2 times

10.1-15

Exceeds by 2 to 3 times

15.1-25

Exceeds by 3 to 5 times

25.1-35

Exceeds by 5 to 7 times

35.1-50

Exceeds by 7 to 10 times

>50.1

Exceeds by over 10 times

Rank
City
2022 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
136 United Kingdom
Speke, United Kingdom
6.2 8.3 3.4 10.2 6.4 4.9 5.1 5.4 7.6 6.6 6.2 4.4 5.8 5.4 -- 9.7 8.8 8.9
135 United Kingdom
East Grinstead, United Kingdom
6.2 11.4 7.7 14.3 6.6 5.6 5.2 5.1 6.7 4.1 0.4 1.8 3.6 8.6 -- -- -- --
134 United Kingdom
Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom
6.3 8.3 6.5 11.7 7 5.9 5.3 4 4.6 4.2 5.4 5.9 6.5 6 6 6.4 -- --
133 United Kingdom
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
6.3 7.1 4.6 17.1 6.7 5.2 4.9 3.8 5.1 5.1 5 7.2 6.9 5.5 5 6.5 -- --
132 United Kingdom
Hartlepool, United Kingdom
6.5 -- -- -- -- 4.8 6.1 4.8 5.4 6.7 6.2 9.1 8.4 -- -- -- -- --
131 United Kingdom
Colchester, United Kingdom
6.6 10.6 3.3 19 6.3 4.5 3.7 2.6 3.5 3.5 4 5.8 10.8 7.2 7.1 9.3 10 --
130 United Kingdom
Irvine, United Kingdom
6.7 7.9 6.9 17.4 6.6 6.3 5.7 4.2 5.3 4.5 5.3 6.3 7.7 6.1 6.2 8.1 -- --
129 United Kingdom
Crediton, United Kingdom
6.8 15 4.9 13.5 7.4 5 4.1 3.8 3.8 3.6 9.1 4.2 8.3 5.9 -- -- -- --
128 United Kingdom
Rhyl, United Kingdom
6.9 -- 2.3 9.8 11.6 6.5 6.7 5.4 6 4.3 4 5.9 12.4 10 -- -- -- --
127 United Kingdom
Ormskirk, United Kingdom
6.9 1.5 1.3 1.3 17.2 7.4 4.6 4.5 4.7 6.2 4.2 9.8 16.5 1.6 -- -- -- --
126 United Kingdom
Newquay, United Kingdom
6.9 9.2 4.9 14.1 11 6.3 5.2 4.4 5.9 4.3 3 4.5 9.8 6.3 8.5 8.8 -- --
125 United Kingdom
Gateshead, United Kingdom
6.9 8.1 6.3 9.5 7.7 6.8 6.4 6.4 6.2 6.6 5.9 6.4 6.3 6.4 6.6 7.1 7.3 7.6
124 United Kingdom
Saint Osyth, United Kingdom
7 -- -- 2.4 9.2 7.1 6.9 5.1 6.9 5.5 6.1 6.6 9.7 -- -- -- -- --
123 United Kingdom
Cupar, United Kingdom
7.1 7.2 4.4 17.4 8.1 5.9 5.7 4.4 5.6 6 5.7 9.1 7.7 6.4 5.8 7.6 -- --
122 United Kingdom
Lamesley, United Kingdom
7.1 6.8 4.7 16.9 8.6 6 5.5 4.2 4.9 4.9 5.8 8.6 7.2 6.3 -- -- -- --
121 United Kingdom
High Peak, United Kingdom
7.1 9.1 2.7 17.3 10.9 6 5.6 4.7 5.7 5.7 3.7 7.3 6.4 9.3 -- -- -- --
120 United Kingdom
Warrington, United Kingdom
7.2 10.6 4.8 14.8 7.9 5.3 4.7 4 4.8 4.2 4.6 6.6 13.9 8 8.5 11.4 9 9.7
119 United Kingdom
Helsby, United Kingdom
7.2 10.1 5.5 11.7 7.5 6.1 5 4.7 6.1 5.5 5.6 7.2 11.1 7.1 7 -- -- --
118 United Kingdom
Cheadle, United Kingdom
7.2 10.2 5.1 20.5 6 4.1 5.2 4.5 5.4 5 5.2 7 12.6 6.2 -- -- -- --
117 United Kingdom
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
7.3 8 3.5 17.3 10 5.4 5 4 5.3 4.4 5.8 8.7 8.2 7.9 7.5 10.4 8.9 8
116 United Kingdom
Newport, United Kingdom
7.4 11.4 6.1 12.5 7.9 6.9 5.8 4.7 5.1 4.6 6 8.3 9.6 7.1 7.8 9.7 -- --
115 United Kingdom
Sunderland, United Kingdom
7.4 6.4 4.8 19 9.5 6.6 6.1 4.6 5.5 5.6 5.5 8.4 7.3 6.4 6.6 10 8.5 7.4
114 United Kingdom
Royal Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
7.4 11.7 4.7 13.9 7.9 6.3 6.1 4.9 5.1 5.3 5.6 6.7 10.7 7 7.1 9.5 11 11
113 United Kingdom
Marston Green, United Kingdom
7.4 10.4 4.4 14.2 7.9 6.2 6.2 4.8 5.4 5.4 5.4 6.8 10.4 6.9 -- -- -- --
112 United Kingdom
Coventry, United Kingdom
7.4 11.3 4.7 13.9 7.2 6.3 5.7 4.8 5.3 5.3 5.7 7.2 10.4 7.5 7.4 9.3 12.1 11.4
111 United Kingdom
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
7.5 8.8 4.9 17.6 8.9 6.1 5.4 4.7 5.7 5.9 6.2 8.5 7.5 8.6 7.7 10.2 9 7.3
110 United Kingdom
Chilbolton, United Kingdom
7.5 10.6 5.8 14.2 8.2 6.6 5.7 5 6.3 5.2 5.4 5.9 10.5 7.5 7.7 8.5 8.9 7.5
109 United Kingdom
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
7.5 10.6 5.3 16 8.5 5.7 5.7 4.4 5.1 5.1 5.9 8 10 7 7.3 9 9.7 8.8
108 United Kingdom
Birkenhead, United Kingdom
7.5 9.8 6.3 16 9.5 6 6.1 4.7 5.2 5 5.8 7.3 9.3 7.1 7.2 8.5 8.3 7.3
107 United Kingdom
York, United Kingdom
7.6 10.3 4.5 16.1 8.2 6.2 5.7 4.7 5.5 5.1 5.8 8.6 9.9 7 7.9 9.6 9.8 9.5
106 United Kingdom
Torpoint, United Kingdom
7.7 9.6 7.4 13.6 8.8 6.7 5.9 4.9 4.4 5.7 7.1 7.5 9.9 9.2 -- -- -- --
105 United Kingdom
Kensington, United Kingdom
7.7 1.2 3.6 18.7 7.2 6 6.6 4.3 5.3 6.5 8.3 8.2 11.8 1.5 -- -- -- --
104 United Kingdom
Preston, United Kingdom
7.8 10 6.7 15.4 8.7 6.2 5.9 4.9 5.9 5.4 6.1 8 10.4 7.5 7.4 9.3 9.3 8.7
103 United Kingdom
Wrexham, United Kingdom
7.9 10 4.6 15.5 10.4 6.4 6.3 4.6 5.6 4.8 5.8 8.3 12.6 8.1 7.7 8 -- --
102 United Kingdom
Bangor, United Kingdom
7.9 11.3 5.2 17.3 10 6.1 6.6 4.9 5.2 4.7 5.4 7.7 10.6 9.8 8.2 10.7 -- --
101 United Kingdom
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
7.9 8.3 4.5 17.7 10.1 7.1 6.1 5 6.1 5.5 6 9.2 8.7 7.9 7.5 8.8 9.8 8.5
100 United Kingdom
Stanwell, United Kingdom
7.9 11.7 5.1 15.2 8.1 6.8 5.9 5.3 6 5.5 6.1 6.6 10.8 7.5 7.5 9.7 -- --
99 United Kingdom
Shepperton, United Kingdom
7.9 11.6 5.5 14.4 8.6 7.3 6 5.2 6.1 5.6 6.3 6.8 11.7 7.4 -- -- -- --
98 United Kingdom
Longford, United Kingdom
8 11.2 5.1 15.6 8.4 7.1 6.1 5.1 6.2 6.1 6.3 7 11.5 7.4 7.2 8.3 -- --
97 United Kingdom
Brynteg, United Kingdom
8.1 10.1 16.3 9.3 7.6 3.7 7.2 4.5 4.7 4.5 10.9 11.5 7.6 6 8 6.1 -- --
96 United Kingdom
Carnforth, United Kingdom
8.1 10 4.7 16.5 11 6.3 6.4 5.3 5.7 5.5 4.4 8.4 12.4 9.6 -- -- -- --
95 United Kingdom
Birmingham, United Kingdom
8.1 12.5 5.3 16.1 8.6 6.7 6.9 5.5 6.2 5.8 6 7.3 10.4 7.9 7.7 9.7 11.8 10.6
94 United Kingdom
Borehamwood, United Kingdom
8.2 12.7 7 16.3 8.8 7.5 6.8 5.5 5.9 5.8 6.4 6.9 11.3 10.1 9.6 9.3 7.1 --
93 United Kingdom
Totnes, United Kingdom
8.3 12.8 6.5 17 9.2 5.9 5 3.8 4.6 4.5 6.3 7.7 14.9 7.8 -- -- -- --
92 United Kingdom
Redcar, United Kingdom
8.3 14.6 10.2 18.9 9.1 5.4 6.5 4.3 -- 3.8 4.4 8.6 8.5 11.2 -- -- -- --
91 United Kingdom
Harlington, United Kingdom
8.3 11.1 5.1 15.5 8.9 7.8 6.5 5.3 6.5 6.8 7.3 7.5 11.3 7.9 8.2 10.1 9.5 9.7
90 United Kingdom
Watford, United Kingdom
8.4 13 6 16.2 8.7 7.1 6 5.3 6 6.1 7 7.3 12 8.2 8.1 9.1 9.2 10
89 United Kingdom
Stevenage, United Kingdom
8.4 13.4 6.5 16 9.2 7.6 6.4 5.2 4.2 5.7 6.6 7.4 12.3 8 9.5 8.7 10.5 10.8
88 United Kingdom
Chatham, United Kingdom
8.4 10.5 5.2 20.3 11.8 6.8 5.8 5 6.1 5.6 5.6 6.6 9.5 8.9 10.2 14 15.2 14.1
87 United Kingdom
Port Talbot, United Kingdom
8.5 11.6 8.3 16.2 8.7 7.5 7.9 6 7.1 5.1 6.9 8.5 8.6 9.2 9.7 10.3 10.8 10.3

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