My cousin and I took a road trip years ago and accidentally stumbled upon what we were convinced had to be the dirtiest city in America.

It was lunchtime, and we were ready for a break anyway. We exited the interstate and were shocked at what we saw next.

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Trash. Literally everywhere. The amount of litter on the sides of every road was very noticeable - and a strong wind that day blowing it around certainly didn't help.

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The pièce de résistance had to dodging a full trash bag right in the middle of my travel lane.

This was Amarillo, Texas.

Map showing Amarillo, Texas, with a hand holding a trash bag to the right side
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Imagine my surprise when I saw a recent list of the "Dirtiest Cities in America", and Amarillo was only #61! How could there possibly be 60 dirtier cities?

Ranking the Dirtiest Cities in America

Turns out Lawnstarter looked closer than just the surface, like I was seeing.

They took several factors into consideration when determining the "Dirtiest Cities in America" - things like air quality, overcrowded homes, and the number of landfills and junkyards in each city, among other things.

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Michigan has two cities among the 12 dirtiest cities in America, according to Lawnstarter. Both Detroit and Flint make the list, but where do they land? And what other cities are among the dirtiest cities in America? Let's take a look at the "Dirty Dozen".

These Are the Dirtiest Cities in America

These are the dirty dozen - the 12 filthiest cities in America for 2024, as determined by Lawnstarter.

Gallery Credit: JR

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