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U.S. City Rank Risk Score
Sacramento, California 1 0
Bakersfield, California 2 0
Greenville, South Carolina 3 0
Stockton, California 4 0
Riverside, California 5 0
Antioch, California 6 0
Visalia, California 7 0
Hickory, North Carolina 8 0
San Bernardino, California 9 0
Salinas, California 10 0
Ontario, California 11 0
Nampa, Idaho 12 0
High Point, North Carolina 13 0
Elk Grove, California 14 0
Escondido, California 15 0
Naperville, Illinois 16 0
Bellevue, Washington 17 0
Merced, California 18 0
Charleston, West Virginia 19 0
Redding, California 20 0
Carlsbad, California 21 0
Centennial, Colorado 22 0
Jurupa Valley, California 23 0
Jacksonville, North Carolina 24 0
Daly City, California 25 0
Norwalk, California 26 0
Vista, California 27 0
Vacaville, California 28 0
Irvine, California 29 1
Gastonia, North Carolina 30 1
Lorain, Ohio 31 1
Santa Cruz, California 32 1
Oceanside, California 33 1
Greenville, North Carolina 34 1
Clovis, California 35 1
Raleigh, North Carolina 36 2
Indio, California 37 2
Victorville, California 38 2
Asheville, North Carolina 39 2
Sterling Heights, Michigan 40 2
Salisbury, Maryland 41 2
Durham, North Carolina 42 3
Santa Ana, California 43 3
El Centro, California 44 4
Oakland, California 45 5
Anaheim, California 46 5
Santa Rosa, California 47 5
Wilmington, North Carolina 48 5
Nashua, New Hampshire 49 5
Fontana, California 50 5
Glendale, California 51 5
Huntington Beach, California 52 5
Spartanburg, South Carolina 53 5
Hemet, California 54 5
Garden Grove, California 55 5
Fredericksburg, Virginia 56 5
Springfield, Illinois 57 5
Fairfield, California 58 5
Santa Maria, California 59 5
East Los Angeles, California 60 5
Texas City, Texas 61 5
Chico, California 62 5
Inglewood, California 63 5
Turlock, California 64 5
San Jose, California 65 6
Fresno, California 66 6
Long Beach, California 67 6
Roseville, California 68 6
Orange, California 69 6
Rialto, California 70 6
Charlotte, North Carolina 71 7
Pensacola, Florida 72 7
Greensboro, North Carolina 73 7
Downey, California 74 7
Burlington, Vermont 75 7
Fayetteville, North Carolina 76 8
Round Lake Beach, Illinois 77 8
Anchorage, Alaska 78 9
Killeen, Texas 79 9
Dallas, Texas 80 10
San Diego, California 81 10
Tampa, Florida 82 10
Sarasota, Florida 83 10
Toledo, Ohio 84 10
Santa Clarita, California 85 10
Lafayette, Louisiana 86 10
Montgomery, Alabama 87 10
Vallejo, California 88 10
Lake Charles, Louisiana 89 10
Kansas City, Kansas 90 10
Pomona, California 91 10
Pasadena, California 92 10
Santa Clara, California 93 10
Gilroy, California 94 10
El Monte, California 95 10
San Mateo, California 96 10
Burbank, California 97 10
Tracy, California 98 10
Columbus, Ohio 99 11
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 100 11
Modesto, California 101 11
Lexington, Kentucky 102 11
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 103 11
Evansville, Indiana 104 11
Cary, North Carolina 105 11
Seaside, California 106 11
Everett, Washington 107 11
Charlottesville, Virginia 108 11
Newport News, Virginia 109 12
Fullerton, California 110 12
Youngstown, Ohio 111 13
Pasadena, Texas 112 13
San Francisco, California 113 15
Minneapolis, Minnesota 114 15
St. Louis, Missouri 115 15
Virginia Beach, Virginia 116 15
Louisville, Kentucky 117 15
Omaha, Nebraska 118 15
Dayton, Ohio 119 15
Rochester, New York 120 15
Charleston, South Carolina 121 15
Bonita Springs, Florida 122 15
Palm Coast, Florida 123 15
Chattanooga, Tennessee 124 15
Spokane, Washington 125 15
Fayetteville, Arkansas 126 15
Henderson, Nevada 127 15
Huntsville, Alabama 128 15
Lincoln, Nebraska 129 15
Rockford, Illinois 130 15
Winter Haven, Florida 131 15
Concord, North Carolina 132 15
North Las Vegas, Nevada 133 15
Chesapeake, Virginia 134 15
Barnstable, Massachusetts 135 15
Kennewick, Washington 136 15
Arlington, Virginia 137 15
Thousand Oaks, California 138 15
North Port, Florida 139 15
Aurora, Illinois 140 15
Clarksville, Tennessee 141 15
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 142 15
Hagerstown, Maryland 143 15
Vancouver,, Washington 144 15
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 145 15
Ft Lauderdale, Florida 146 15
Gainesville, Georgia 147 15
Manchester, New Hampshire 148 15
Champaign, Illinois 149 15
Alexandria, Virginia 150 15
Hayward, California 151 15
Frederick, Maryland 152 15
Palmdale, California 153 15
Sunnyvale, California 154 15
Columbia, Missouri 155 15
Athens, Georgia 156 15
Bloomington, Illinois 157 15
Yakima, Washington 158 15
Kent, Washington 159 15
Bellingham, Washington 160 15
Johnson City, Tennessee 161 15
Lynchburg, Virginia 162 15
Kenosha, Wisconsin 163 15
Billings, Montana 164 15
Yuba City, California 165 15
Rochester, Minnesota 166 15
Coeur D'Alene, Idaho 167 15
St. Cloud, Minnesota 168 15
Pompano Beach, Florida 169 15
Eau Claire, Wisconsin 170 15
Sparks, Nevada 171 15
Renton, Washington 172 15
Holland, Michigan 173 15
Longview, Texas 174 15
Nashville, Tennessee 175 16
Richmond City, Virginia 176 16
Albuquerque, New Mexico 177 16
Columbia, South Carolina 178 16
Wichita, Kansas 179 16
Madison, Wisconsin 180 16
Little Rock, Arkansas 181 16
Oxnard, California 182 16
Ann Arbor, Michigan 183 16
Springfield, Missouri 184 16
Tallahassee, Florida 185 16
Bremerton, Washington 186 16
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 187 16
Corona, California 188 16
Beaumont, Texas 189 16
Metairie, Louisiana 190 16
Miramar, Florida 191 16
Panama City, Florida 192 16
Burlington, North Carolina 193 16
Iowa City, Iowa 194 16
Dover, Delaware 195 16
Hillsboro, Oregon 196 16
Davie, Florida 197 16
West Covina, California 198 16
Wichita Falls, Texas 199 16
Cleveland, Ohio 200 17
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 201 17
Memphis, Tennessee 202 17
Mcallen, Texas 203 17
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 204 17
Denton, Texas 205 17
Hollywood, Florida 206 17
Binghamton, New York 207 17
Warren, Michigan 208 17
Prescott Valley, Arizona 209 17
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 210 18
Allentown, Pennsylvania 211 18
Lansing, Michigan 212 18
Canton, Ohio 213 18
Amarillo, Texas 214 18
Gainesville, Florida 215 18
Muskegon, Michigan 216 18
Elkhart, Indiana 217 18
Coral Springs, Florida 218 18
Lakeland, Florida 219 19
Joliet, Illinois 220 19
Abilene, Texas 221 19
Pottstown, Pennsylvania 222 19
Kansas City, Missouri 223 20
New Orleans, Louisiana 224 20
Cape Coral, Florida 225 20
Grand Rapids, Michigan 226 20
Knoxville, Tennessee 227 20
Provo, Utah 228 20
Worcester, Massachusetts 229 20
Poughkeepsie, New York 230 20
Augusta, Georgia 231 20
Davenport, Iowa 232 20
South Bend, Indiana 233 20
Brownsville, Texas 234 20
Portland, Maine 235 20
Yonkers, New York 236 20
Topeka, Kansas 237 20
Olathe, Kansas 238 20
Simi Valley, California 239 20
Fort Smith, Arkansas 240 20
Santa Fe, New Mexico 241 20
Elgin, Illinois 242 20
Lewisville, Texas 243 20
Arden-Arcade, California 244 20
Detroit, Michigan 245 21
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 246 21
Columbus, Georgia 247 21
Marysville, Washington 248 21
Macon, Georgia 249 21
Harlingen, Texas 250 21
Rock Hill, South Carolina 251 21
Carmel, Indiana 252 21
Birmingham, Alabama 253 22
Savannah, Georgia 254 22
Irving, Texas 255 22
Lafayette, Indiana 256 22
Avondale, Arizona 257 23
Pearland, Texas 258 23
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 259 23
Edinburg, Texas 260 23
Houma, Louisiana 261 24
League City, Texas 262 24
Albany, New York 263 25
Salem, Oregon 264 25
Olympia, Washington 265 25
Frisco, Texas 266 25
Grand Prairie, Texas 267 25
Westminster, Colorado 268 25
San Buenaventura, California 269 25
Jacksonville, Florida 270 26
Atlantic City, New Jersey 271 26
Carrollton, Texas 272 26
Utica, New York 273 26
Allen, Texas 274 26
Indianapolis, Indiana 275 27
Scottsdale, Arizona 276 27
Orlando, Florida 277 28
Tulsa, Oklahoma 278 28
Kissimmee, Florida 279 28
Austin, Texas 280 30
Des Moines, Iowa 281 30
Plano, Texas 282 30
Peoria, Illinois 283 30
Norfolk, Virginia 284 30
College Station, Texas 285 30
Waco, Texas 286 30
Ocala, Florida 287 30
Round Rock, Texas 288 30
Monroe, Louisiana 289 30
Waterloo, Iowa 290 30
Longmont, Colorado 291 30
San Angelo, Texas 292 30
Phoenix, Arizona 293 31
Medford, Oregon 294 31
Torrance, California 295 31
Hampton, Virginia 296 31
Richardson, Texas 297 31
Duluth, Minnesota 298 31
Lowell, Massachusetts 299 31
Houston, Texas 300 32
Lubbock, Texas 301 32
Pueblo, Colorado 302 32
Sugar Land, Texas 303 32
Akron, Ohio 304 33
San Antonio, Texas 305 34
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 306 34
Grand Junction, Colorado 307 34
Greeley, Colorado 308 34
Hartford, Connecticut 309 35
Roanoke City, Virginia 310 35
Thornton, Colorado 311 35
Arvada, Colorado 312 35
Miami, Florida 313 36
Tucson, Arizona 314 36
Boise, Idaho 315 36
Port St. Lucie, Florida 316 37
Port St Lucie, Florida 317 37
Arlington, Texas 318 37
Fort Collins, Colorado 319 38
Ft Collins, Colorado 320 38
Mckinney, Texas 321 38
Reading, Pennsylvania 322 39
Bend, Oregon 323 39
Fargo, North Dakota 324 40
Odessa, Texas 325 40
Leesburg, Florida 326 40
Elizabeth City, New Jersey 327 40
North Charleston, South Carolina 328 40
La Crosse, Wisconsin 329 40
Saginaw, Michigan 330 41
Bloomington, Indiana 331 41
Los Angeles, California 332 42
Fort Worth, Texas 333 42
Garland, Texas 334 42
Port Arthur, Texas 335 42
Mesquite, Texas 336 42
Las Cruces, New Mexico 337 42
Boulder, Colorado 338 43
Kingsport, Tennessee 339 43
Meridian, Idaho 340 44
Buffalo, New York 341 45
Clearwater, Florida 342 45
Independence, Missouri 343 45
Manteca, California 344 45
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 345 46
Cambridge, Massachusetts 346 46
Sioux City, Iowa 347 46
Colorado Springs, Colorado 348 47
Las Vegas, Nevada 349 48
Seattle, Washington 350 50
Salt Lake City, Utah 351 50
Syracuse, New York 352 50
Jersey City, New Jersey 353 50
Huntington, West Virginia 354 50
Baltimore, Maryland 355 51
Chicago, Illinois 356 52
Corpus Christi, Texas 357 53
Idaho Falls, Idaho 358 53
Glendale, Arizona 359 55
York, Pennsylvania 360 55
New York, New York 361 56
Shreveport, Louisiana 362 57
Palm Bay, Florida 363 60
Fort Wayne, Indiana 364 60
Gulfport, Mississippi 365 60
Tacoma, Washington 366 60
Deltona, Florida 367 60
Mobile, Alabama 368 61
Washington, District of Columbia 369 65
Racine, Wisconsin 370 66
Tempe, Arizona 371 68
Boston, Massachusetts 372 70
Hialeah, Florida 373 70
Pembroke Pines, Florida 374 74
Warner Robins, Georgia 375 74
Miami Gardens, Florida 376 74
Atlanta, Georgia 377 76
Chandler, Arizona 378 78
New Bedford, Massachusetts 379 80
Mesa, Arizona 380 81
El Paso, Texas 381 83
Erie, Pennsylvania 382 84
West Jordan, Utah 383 85
Springfield, Massachusetts 384 87
Gilbert, Arizona 385 87
Laredo, Texas 386 92
Norman, Oklahoma 387 92
West Palm Beach, Florida 388 92
Cincinnati, Ohio 389 95
South Lyon, Michigan 390 95
Kalamazoo, Michigan 391 100
Tyler, Texas 392 112
Peoria, Arizona 393 116
Temple, Texas 394 143
Green Bay, Wisconsin 395 159
Portland, Oregon 396 185
Ogden, Utah 397 189
Gresham, Oregon 398 190
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 399 197
Denver, Colorado 400 199
Surprise, Arizona 401 211
Yuma, Arizona 402 255
Jackson, Mississippi 403 256
Trenton City, New Jersey 404 281
Midland, Texas 405 290
Newark, New Jersey 406 320

We are trying to determine the cities in the US with the best drinking water. To help us figure out which cities have the best water and which cities have the worst water in the US we have used EPA data to generate a risk score for every city over 100,000 population. Our answer to the question – where is the best tap water in the US – is based on the below metrics. These metrics are an estimate we plan on continuing to refine, but provide some level of quantitative score regarding the best tap water in the US.

The “overall risk score” is our current metric to convert the EPA’s SDWA data into a single metric per city (higher is worse):

25 points for every unaddressed health violation
5 points for every health violation, 1 point for every nonhealth violation in last 10 years
25 points for every lead sample above action level, 5 point for every non-zero lead sample in last 10 years
25 points for every copper sample above action level, 5 point for every non-zero copper sample in last 10 years

Scores for all cities above 100k population.

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