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The 20 Best Places to Live in the U.S. with COPD

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When someone is diagnosed with a health condition, it can often make them think about moving to a better place for their health. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is one condition that makes people think about changing their location. COPD describes a group of conditions that affect the lungs and cause breathing difficulties, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

When choosing the best area to live with one of these conditions, the quality and cleanliness of the air is the primary concern, and people may also want to live close to good healthcare facilities. Based on pollution levels and air quality, here are the 20 best places to live in the U.S. with COPD.

Rapid City and Spearfish, South Dakot

20. Rapid City and Spearfish, South Dakota

Rapid City and Spearfish in South Dakota tie in 20th position to just make it onto the list of the best places to live in the United States with COPD. They are considered two of the cleanest air cities in the United States due to the low air pollution levels. There are also other advantages to living in these locations, making them some of the best places to live in South Dakota. They are affordable places to live, both in terms of property prices and the general cost of living. There are also many leisure activities to enjoy, so residents have a good standard of living. Furthermore, both communities are diverse, and there are excellent transport links to nearby towns and cities.

Duluth, Minnesota

19. Duluth, Minnesota

In terms of both short-term and year-round particle pollution, Duluth in Minnesota is ranked as one of the cleanest cities in the United States. However, it is not only the cleanliness of the air that attracts people to this Minnesota town, which is home to approximately 86 thousand people. Located in St. Louis County, Duluth has multiple benefits, so it is considered one of the best overall places to live in Minnesota. It is a fantastic place to live for families due to the family-oriented activities and above-average public schools. Some of the other benefits of this town include affordable housing, a reasonable cost of living, good nightlife options, and a range of activities for everyone to enjoy.

Pittsfield, Massachusetts

18. Pittsfield, Massachusetts

If you want to live in Massachusetts, then the best location for those with COPD is Pittsfield. It is a town in Berkshire County with a population of more than 43 thousand people. Although the cleanliness of the air is the predominant reason why people with COPD should consider living in this location, there are other advantages to making this town your home. Some of the benefits include a bustling nightlife, a diverse community, good transport links, and multiple outdoor activities to enjoy.

Houma and Thibodaux, Louisiana

17. Houma and Thibodaux, Louisiana

Houma and Thibodaux are tied as the top options in Louisiana for those with COPD due to the low short-term and year-round particle pollution. Thibodaux is in Lafourche Parish and has under 15 thousand residents, while Houma is in Terrebonne Parish and is home to almost 34 thousand people. Both towns are affordable places to live, with multiple housing options, including rentals and properties for sale. Similarly, both locations share many of the same advantages, including a diverse community, multiple leisure activities, and there are good transport links to the surrounding area.

Grand Island, Nebraska

16. Grand Island, Nebraska

The best city in Nebraska for those suffering from COPD is Grand Island, which is in the central area of the state. Located in Grand Hall County, Grand Island is home to more than 51 thousand residents. There are many pros to living in this location, including decent schools, family-oriented activities, community diversity, an affordable cost of living, good transport links, and a lively night scene. Therefore, the benefits of this city combine to offer a good standard of living.

Bangor, Maine

15. Bangor, Maine

Bangor, Maine, is a good option because it has no days that register for unhealthy levels of short-term or year-round particle pollution, making it one of the cleanest air cities in the United States. The clean air is not the only reason to consider making Bangor, Maine, your home. The public schools in this town are highly rated, there is a vibrant nightlife, you can enjoy a wide range of leisure activities, and the cost of living is reasonable. Bangor is located in Penobscot County, and there are just over 32 thousand residents, says Niche.

Albany and Schenectady, New York

14. Albany and Schenectady, New York

Those who want to live in New York but cannot cope with the polluted air of New York City might consider Albany or Schenectady. The air is of significantly better quality in these areas than in New York City. Albany and Schenectady are neighboring towns in Albany County. There are elements to these locations that will suit all age groups. For example, there are family-oriented activities, outdoor pursuits, health and fitness facilities, a diverse job market, and strong transport links.

Redding and Red Bluff, California

13. Redding and Red Bluff, California

If you dream of enjoying the California lifestyle but your primary concern when choosing a location is your health, then two great options are Redding-Red Bluff. This area has low pollution levels and clean air, so it is beneficial to those with COPD. Redding and Red Bluff are neighboring towns in Shasta County. While Redding has a population of 91 thousand people, Red Bluff is home to just 14 thousand residents. The residents of Redding and Red Bluff enjoy the community's diversity, the climate, and the range of outdoor pursuits in which they can participate. The cost of living and property prices are high in this area.

Salinas, California

12. Salinas, California

Salinas is located at the Salinas Valley's mouth, and it is just eight miles from the Pacific Ocean. The climate in this city is warm and influenced by the ocean, so the conditions are perfect for COPD patients. However, you will pay the price of living in this city in Monterey County. Property prices, renting, and general living costs are all higher than the national average. Approximately 157 thousand people are living in this city.

Farmington, New Mexico

11. Farmington, New Mexico

According to, one of the cleanest air cities in the United States is Farmington, New Mexico, so it is one of the best places to live for people with COPD. There are many pros to living in this town in San Juan County, which has a population of almost 46 thousand people. The schools are good, there are decent transport links, the ob market is diverse, and there is a range of activities to enjoy to suit all tastes.

Wenatchee, Washington

10. Wenatchee, Washington

Just making it into the top half of this list is Wenatchee in Washington, and this is based on the air quality. Wenatchee is located in Chelan County, and it has a population of just over 34 thousand residents. In addition to the air quality, there are many more reasons to consider making this location your home. The community is diverse, the schools are above average, and there is a wide range of outdoor activities to enjoy. On the downside, the cost of living and the property prices in this town are high.

Douglas, Arizona

9. Sierra Vista and Douglas, Arizona

Those with COPD who would prefer to live in Arizona should consider relocating to the towns of Sierra Vista or Douglas. Douglas is an affordable place to live with a diverse community, and there are good transport links to the surrounding area. Sierra Vista is considered one of the best places to live in Arizona, as it is an affordable area to live that has above-average schools and various activities to enjoy.

Palm Bay, Melbourne, and Titusville, Florida

8. Palm Bay, Melbourne, and Titusville, Florida

Palm Bay, Melbourne, and Titusville in Florida are located along the Space Coast of Florida by the Atlantic Ocean, and they share the eight position on this list. Those who live in these locations benefit from clean air and high salt content in the atmosphere that is beneficial to those with COPD. According to Sonata Senior Living, Florida is one of the top states to live in if you suffer from COPD. Living in this area also means you are in close proximity to a wide variety of attractions and activities to enjoy in your free time.

Corning, New York

7. Elmira and Corning, New York

New York City is not a good place to live if you have COPD as it is highly populated, and the air is highly polluted. However, there are some options within the state of New York if you want access to the Big Apple, but you are concerned about your health. Two of the best options in this state are Elmira and Corning, which are tied in the seventh position in the top ten clean air cities in the United States. Elmira and Corning are neighboring towns in New York, and the cost of living in either location is significantly below that of life in New York City.

Pueblo and Canon City, Colorado

6. Pueblo and Canon City, Colorado

In the joint sixth position of the cleanest air cities in the United States are Colorado's Pueblo and Canon City. The latter has more than 16 thousand residents, while Pueblo has a population of approximately 112 thousand people. Those who live in the municipality enjoy many opportunities to develop their social life, as there is a vibrant nightlife, outdoor activities, and health and fitness facilities.

Kahului, Wailuku, and Lahaina, Hawaii

5. Kahului, Wailuku, and Lahaina, Hawaii

Salt-filled air is known to have benefits for people suffering from COPD, so the coastal lifestyle of those living in Kahului, Wailuku, and Lahaina in Hawaii is advantageous. These locations are considered some of the cleanest air cities in the United States. The coastal locations against a backdrop of mountains mean that not only are these beautiful places to live, but they also offer their residents lots of outdoor pursuits to enjoy. Another point worth noting is that crime is almost non-existent in this area.

Bismarck, North Dakota

4. Bismarck, North Dakota

Bismarck in North Dakota is ranked as being one of the cleanest air cities in the United States, so it is an ideal choice of location for those with COPD. Located in Burleigh County, Bismarck is a large town with a population of almost 72 thousand people. The area appeals to people of all demographics, so the community is diverse. There are plenty of leisure activities to enjoy in this area, including outdoor pursuits, parks, restaurants, and coffee shops. It is an affordable place to live, and there are multiple job opportunities in various industries.

Casper, Wyoming

3. Casper, Wyoming

The American Lung Association lists Casper in Wyoming as the third best place to live in the United States for people diagnosed with COPD. Casper is a town in Natrona County with a population of just under 59 thousand people. It has many other features that make this an appealing place to live. There are plenty of parks, above average schools, a reasonable cost of living, a diverse community, and many leisure activities for residents to enjoy.

Urban Honolulu, Hawaii

2. Urban Honolulu, Hawaii

Urban Honolulu has the second-cleanest air in the United States, as there are low levels of pollution and ozone. Another reason this is such a great place to live if you have COPD is that there are specialist clinics for you to visit and excellent general healthcare facilities. However, it is worth noting that Urban Honolulu is one of the most expensive places to live on this list. Many residents would argue that it is worth the extra cost for the benefits to their health and to enjoy the island lifestyle.

Cheyenne, Wyoming

1. Cheyenne, Wyoming

According to Healthline, the best place to live in the U.S. with COPD is Cheyenne, Wyoming. Those who have COPD should avoid living in areas with extremes of temperature, which is one of the reasons that Cheyenne is a good option. Another reason is the quality of the air, and pollution levels are low in this city. It is also important to live close to good healthcare services, and Cheyenne has excellent healthcare options.

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Liz Flynn

Written by Liz Flynn

Liz Flynn has worked as a full-time writer since 2010 after leaving a career in education. She finds almost all topics she writes about interesting, but her favorite subjects are travel and food. Liz loves the process of researching information, learning new things, and putting into words what others who share her interests might like to read. Although she spends most of her time writing, she also enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, watching films, cooking, dining out, reading, motorsports, gaming, and walking along the beach next to her house with her dog.

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