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Air Quality: Fine Particulate Matter (Orange County, 2007-2009)

Amount of fine particulate matter per cubic meter of air, by race/ethnicity, Orange County 2007-2009.

  • African Americans in Orange County experience an average concentration of fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5) of 12.6 particles per cubic meter.
     
  • Asians in Orange County experience an average concentration of fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5) of 12.8 particles per cubic meter.
     
  • Native Americans in Orange County experience an average concentration of fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5) of 12.6 particles per cubic meter.
     
  • Latinos in Orange County experience an average concentration of fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5) of 12.9 particles per cubic meter.
     
  • Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Orange County experience an average concentration of fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5) of 12.8 particles per cubic meter.
     
  • All communities in Orange County experience an average concentration of fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5) above the statewide standard of 12 particles per cubic meter.

 

African American

Latino

Native American/ Alaska Native

Asian

Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander

White

Average Concentration of Fine Particulate Air Pollution, Orange County, 2007-2009

12.9

12.9

12.6

12.8

12.8

12.3

Definition: Particulate matter that has an aerodynamic diameter of 2.5 microns or less is called PM2.5 and is capable of reaching deep into the lungs causing a host of diseases including lung cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease, and acute respiratory infections, particularly in children. The statewide annual standard for PM2.5 is 12 microgram particles per cubic meter.

Source: 
Healthy Communities Data and Indicators Project, California Department of Public Health
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