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September 2, 2016

The Toxic Twenty Five: An Analysis of Southern California Air Quality

This week I challenged The Data Duo to a #VizOff of sorts. I provided them with a data set of 8.5M ozone level readings from stations spread all throughout the U.S. I started looking at this data a few weeks ago because I was thinking about the smog in Atlanta and wondering if it had gotten any better since I left. This led me to the master data set or all cities that are measured.

Once I started exploring the data, I noticed that Southern California consistently had the most cities with high ozone levels. So I filtered the data set down to the 25 worst cities.

This helped me focus on a single story with multiple parts, as seen in the long-form visualisation below. Enjoy!