Thanks to community activism, scientific advances, lower emission vehicles,government regulations and the EPA our air quality has greatly improved.
With the advent of reliable electric vehicles and our move forward for more public transportation, hopefully we will continue in this direction.
For specific information about air quality in the Los Angeles basin and Orange counties see the website for the South Coast Air Quality Management District at http://www.aqmd.gov/smog/index.html
As with any large city, there are varying degrees of environmental concerns, and some areas have significantly more concerns than others within the City. We have a known nuclear meltdown site that happened in the 50's with known levels worse than 3 mile island (many Angelenos don't know this). There are former rocket testing sites, chemical plant clean ups and industrial messes that are currently being evaluated and cleaned up under much tougher EPA standards. Overall, we're doing better - much better than in the past.
Is living in Los Angeles hazardous? It's a relative question - compared to a small rural town without a history of industrial hazardsâ€¦ yes. Compared to other large urban centers? Not really. And yes, some neighborhoods are much more affected than others. When shopping for real estate, and thinking about neighborhoods, please don't just gloss over the pile of disclosures. Read themâ€¦ask your agent about how you can find more information on issues that concern you. The information is out there and your agent should be helpful, open, and willing to help you explore your concerns - pros/cons, risks/benefits as opposed to minimizing or downplaying the facts. .
But the overall weather is great! Sunshine and generally warm. Rains maybe 10 days a year. You can go out in shorts any time!