America’s 5 Dirtiest Cities Run by Democratic Mayors, Study Says

A new study has found that the top five dirtiest cities in the country are run by Democratic mayors.

Among the 152 largest U.S. cities, Houston was ranked #1 as the dirtiest city, according to research released Thursday by LawnStarter, followed by Newark, New Jersey, San Bernardino, California, Detroit and Jersey City, NJ. .

LawnStarter measured each city in four categories: pollution, which measures things like air quality and greenhouse gas emissions; living conditions, such as the percentage of homes with mold or rats; infrastructure that measures waste and regulations; and consumer satisfaction, or the percentage of residents who think the city is dirty.

Houston, which is run by Democratic Mayor Sylvester Turner, took first place in the overall ranking of the dirtiest city. It ranked third in the nation for pollution, fourth for poor living conditions, 12th for infrastructure, and 34th for consumer satisfaction.

Among the 152 largest cities in the US, Houston ranked first as the most polluted city, according to the study.

Among the 152 largest cities in the US, Houston ranked first as the most polluted city, according to the study. (Marley Miller/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images/File)

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (Aaron M. Sprecher/Bloomberg via Getty Images/File)


Houston also ranks third in greenhouse gas emissions from large industrial sites and has the biggest cockroach problem, the study said, citing data from the US Census Bureau.

Turner’s office did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Newark, run by Democratic Mayor Ras Baraka, was the second dirtiest city, ranking 3rd for consumer satisfaction and 5th for poor living conditions.

Ras Baraka is the mayor of Newark, New Jersey.

Ras Baraka is the mayor of Newark, New Jersey. (Arturo Holmes/Getty Images/File)

San Bernardino, run by Democratic-backed Mayor Helen Tran, ranked first in terms of pollution and worst consumer satisfaction.

Detroit, run by Democratic Mayor Mike Duggan, ranked 4th in consumer satisfaction and 9th in pollution.

Jersey City, run by Democratic Mayor Stephen Fulop, ranked 2nd for poor living conditions and 15th for consumer satisfaction.


By contrast, Virginia Beach is the cleanest city in the country, ranked 149th in pollution and 132nd in consumer satisfaction, according to the study.

The mayor of Virginia Beach is Republican Robert Dyer.

“For the second year in a row, Virginia Beach, Virginia has eclipsed every other city in our rankings,” the study says.

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