New York City Ranked The 5th Dirtiest City In America By Travel + Leisure

After achieving the rank of the #1 dirtiest city in the country last year, New York City appears to have cleaned up slightly – it’s now only the 5th filthy city in the US. The Big Apple now ranks behind New Orleans, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Memphis. New York Post has more:

A survey conducted by Travel + Leisure magazine found that New York, ranked the dirtiest city in 2010, was only the fifth filthiest.

“Voters seem to champion New York because of its less-than-sterile vibe, and not in spite of it,” the magazine said.

Toppling New York at the top of the list this year is New Orleans, famous for its Bourbon Street rowdiness, Mardi Gras parades and all-night street parties.

Travel + Leisure compiled the list of the 20 dirtiest cities in the country in connection with its June issue and its annual America’s Favorite Cities survey.

And here are 2011’s 20 dirtiest cities in America, according to the Travel + Leisure poll:

  1. New Orleans
  2. Philadelphia
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Memphis, TN
  5. New York
  6. Baltimore
  7. Las Vegas
  8. Miami
  9. Atlanta
  10. Houston, TX
  11. San Juan, PR
  12. San Francisco
  13. Dallas-Fort Worth
  14. Boston
  15. Washington, DC
  16. San Antonio, TX
  17. Orlando
  18. Chicago
  19. Kansas City
  20. Anchorage

Good job NYC – way to not be the most disgusting! Just kidding… a little. It’s based on a poll anyways, which is probably less scientifically valid, and the poll was run by Travel + Leisure which I imagine has a fairly consistent old/ white/ moneyed readership (?). Just throwing that out there. TC mark

image – Dennis Afraz


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  • Michael Koh

    My girlfriend thinks it's funny that Travel = Leisure had to list the state names next to cities that 'may be more obscure' 

    Buffalo is 'hella' dirty

  • Jade Mitchell

    How did Detroit not make this list?

  • Matt Schultz

    I dont live in NYC or anything, but visiting there, it is so much cleaner than most cities.

  • CUinNYC

    Nothing wrong with Brooklyn tumbleweed

  • Greg Petliski

    You don't like it? Go da fuck back home.

  • eferf53
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  • FreeDrunks

    Chicago is only #18 on the list?

    LOL, who did we pay off this time?



  • erin

    so basically any city where there is anything to do in the USA is deemed dirty by travel + leisure. mad victorian, yo.

  • Ryan Johnson

    My name is Ryan. Well last month I went to New York. It is pretty nice city.. I wonder how it has come 5th in ratings in the dirtiest city in US

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