25 Regions With the Best Air Quality: Metros Where You Can Breathe Easy

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The average person takes thousands of breaths a day but probably doesn't think about the quality of the air he or she is breathing.

Residents of New York City, you should be particularly concerned: You're breathing in bacteria, pollen, clothing fibers, fungus, tire rubber, dead skin cells, cooking fat and carbon emissions, the Daily News recently reported.

Gross, eh? Well, if you're in an urban oasis of pollution and other grimy things, and you'd like to move to an area with cleaner (and safer!) air quality, you might start with Florida. Kaz, the makers of Honeywell air purifiers, researched the top 25 cities with the best air quality -- and six of the metros are in the Sunshine State.

The rankings are based on pollen counts, ozone concentrations, public smoking laws, green initiatives and other factors. Click through the gallery below to see if you live in one of the regions with the cleanest air.

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