New York City has more pests and litter than any other U.S. state, making it “the dirtiest city in America,” according to cleaning service company Busy Bee.
The newly released report ranked 40 urban areas across the United States, and factors included litter, pests — such as mice and cockroaches — population density, particulate matter air pollution and nitrogen dioxide air pollution. The pest and litter data was gathered from the American Housing Survey, air pollution data from the Environmental Protection Agency and population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.
New York City took the top spot in three of those categories, with a score of 427.9 on Busy Bee’s “dirtiness index.” Los Angeles ranked second with a score of 317.8.
Some 904,000 homes in New York have litter on nearby streets or properties, and nearly 2.3 million homes have seen signs of mice, rats or cockroaches in the past year, according to the report. New York also ranks first for population density, with 28,000 people per square mile.
See the infographic below released by Busy Bee for full details.