There are plenty of things that go into deciding whether to live in the big city or decamp to a small town: culture, crime, careers, cuisine, commutes … and those are just the C’s! But surprisingly, one of the biggest determining factors is all about air—as in, “Is it safe?” It’s certainly a major issue in many urban centers across the U.S. With so many people and vehicles crammed together, it’s no wonder that pollution levels often rise higher than the highest skyscrapers.
But do you really have to trade away your health to enjoy the excitement of city living? We decided to find out. Our data analysts donned their realtor.com®-approved respirators and set out to discover big metropolitan areas where you can breathe freely—and, along the way, to determine the ones where, well, you can’t.
Boise came in at number 10, right behind Lakefield, Florida and Colorado Springs, Colorado. With over 85% of good air quality days and the median home price being one of the lowest on the list. Boise, truly is a place where you can live a healthy life, without breaking the bank.