Travel & Leisure Report – Americas Dirtiest Cities

Bourbon Street Trash

What makes a city dirty?  What criterion is used to suggest that X city is dirtier than Y city?

Of course, visitors gauge “dirty” in a variety of ways: litter, air pollution, even the taste of local tap water.

This year’s American State Litter Scorecard, published by advocacy group the American Society for Public Administration, put both Nevada and Louisiana in the bottom five—echoing the assessment of T+L readers who ranked Las Vegas and New Orleans among America’s dirtiest cities.

Here are your American Dirtiest Cities (envision Ryan Seacrest delivering this to millions of TV viewers)

  1. Nawh Lins (I love the smell of chlorine bleach that flows in the gutters on Bourbon Street)
  2. Filthadelphia (It is pretty filthy)
  3. LA (rightfully so)
  4. Memphis (yes)
  5. NYC – ranked #1 as the most popular tourist destination (I think Chicago and New York should be switched)
  6. Baltimore
  7. Vegas Baby – ranked #2…(I can’t stand those guys who stand on the corner and flip “cards” in your face)
  8. Miami (Esto no puede ser lo que mi amigo)
  9. Hotlanta
  10. Htown (don’t agree)
  11. San Juan PR
  12. SFO – ranked #7…
  13. DFW (maybe Dallas but don’t include Fort Worth into this deal)
  14. Beantown – ranked #4…(got a bad rap here)
  15. DC – ranked #3…(can’t Michelle do anything about this?)
  16. Sam Anne Tonio – ranked #14…(not true)
  17. Orlando – ranked #12…(what would Mickey say?)
  18. Cheecago – ranked #10…(Should be ranked higher)
  19. KC (who goes to KC besides me?)
  20. Anchorage (there aren’t enough people and trash to go around)
Tom Costello is the CEO, Partner & Co-Founder of Groups International, a company that provides marketing, consultative services, and technology solutions to the group and leisure travel markets.  Connect with him on TwitterLinkedIn, and Facebook or contact him by email.


  1. Posted June 18, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

    WORST littered states in 2011 American State Litter Scorecard include last place Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana and Texas.

    • Posted June 19, 2011 at 12:35 am | Permalink | Reply

      Space Stevie Wonder or whatever your handle is…we are talking about cities and not states. If you have something about cities that you would like to contribute than be more specific!

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