Travel + Leisure compiled a list of America’s dirtiest cities, based on votes from their readers in the annual America’s Favorite Cities survey. The defining criteria was unclear, the magazine writes: “Of course, visitors gauge ‘dirty’ in a variety of ways: litter, air pollution, even the taste of local tap water.”
Most surprisingly, many voters ranked some of America’s hottest tourist destinations as the dirtiest. But a spot on the “dirty” list does not mean voters do not love them. For instance, cities such as Memphis, Las Vegas, and Miami, that were high up on the dirty-scale, ranked highly for having great bars, live music, and people-watching. If we can learn anything from this poll, it is that cleanliness is not everything.
And now, the list:
1. New Orleans
3. Los Angeles
5. New York City
7. Las Vegas
For the rest of the 20 dirtiest cities, head to Travel + Leisure. Or you could watch this video from TIME on New Orleans: