Outdoor air pollution and health
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Note: This publications was published in 2023 and used data from the 2021 Health Value Dashboard. For most-recent data, consult the data sources at the end of the publication.
2021 Health Value Dashboard: A closer look at outdoor air pollution and health
Key data findings
- From 2009 to 2020, Ohio significantly reduced Ohioans’ exposure to PM2.5 (fine particulate matter) pollution and still has room to improve.
- In 2017-2019, Ohioans were exposed to PM2.5 pollution more often than people in most other states, ranking 46th out of all 50 states and DC on PM2.5 pollution exposure.
- Ohioans of color are more likely to be exposed to air pollution than white Ohioans. Black Ohioans are most likely to be exposed to air pollution and almost one and half times more likely to be exposed to air pollution than white Ohioans.
- Counties throughout western and central Ohio and several urban counties have a higher average daily density of PM2.5 pollution than Ohio overall.
Suggested citation: Health Policy Institute of Ohio. “Health Value Dashboard: A closer look at outdoor air pollution and health,” January 2023.