World Air Quality Index 2022 – Most Polluted Cities in the World

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World Air Quality Index 2022 – IQAir is a Swiss organization that releases the World Air Quality Report every year which reports the level of air pollution in different cities by measuring the Air Quality Index (AQI). According to the latest report, 35 Indian cities come in the worst 50 AQI cities.World Air Quality Index

World Air Quality Index 2022

The data is collected from 6,475 cities in 117 countries. According to the report, no country has managed to meet the standards set by World Health Organization. According to the standards set by WHO in September 2021, good quality air with a PM2.5 concentration level should be between 0-5 g/m3. 

The cities with the worst AQI had a PM2.5 concentration level 10 times more than the approved limit. These include countries India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and China.

The United States exceeded the required limit 2-3 times.

Australia, Japan, Canada, and the UK exceeded this limit 1-2 times.

222 cities out of 6,475 cities met the standards set by the WHO.

In India, no city was able to meet the standard and Delhi continues to be the most polluted capital for the 4th consecutive year.

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Chu in Kazakhstan has the cleanest air according to the report. It meets the WHO requirement. It is followed by a few cities in Australia which also meet the standards.

World Air Quality Index 2022 – Most Polluted Cities in the World

  • Bhiwadi – India
  • Ghaziabad – India
  • Hotan – China
  • Delhi – India
  • Jaunpur – India
  • Faisalbad – Pakistan
  • Noida – India
  • Bahawalpur – Pakistan
  • Peshawar – Pakistan
  • Bagpat – India
  • Hisar – India
  • Faridabad – India
  • Greater Noida – India
  • Rohtak – India
  • Lahore – Pakistan
  • Lucknow – India
  • Jind – India
  • Gurugram – India
  • Kashgar – China
  • Kanpur – India
  • Muzaffarpur – India
  • Varanasi – India
  • Sahiwal – Pakistan
  • Bulandshahr – India
  • Meerut – India
  • Kadaura – India
  • Patna – India
  • Dhaka – Bangladesh
  • N’Djamena – Chad
  • Dharuhera – India
  • Durgapur – India
  • Karagandy – Kazakhstan
  • Amroha – India
  • Sreepur – Bangladesh
  • Charkhi Dadri – India
  • Agra – India
  • Yamuna Nagar – India
  • Muzzafarnagar – India
  • Alampur – India
  • Shchuchinsk – Kazakhstan
  • Ludhiana – India
  • Sonipat – India
  • Kurukshetra – India
  • Burabay – Kazakhstan
  • Jodhpur – India
  • Kostanay – Kazakhstan
  • Singrauli – India
  • Ankleshwar – India
  • Igdir – Turkey
  • Ambala – India

Bangladesh is the most polluted country in the world while New Caledonia has the cleanest air.  

World Air Quality Index 2022 – FAQ

Question – Is Air Quality Index reliable?
Answer – AQI values at or below 100 are generally thought of as satisfactory.

Question – Which country has the best air quality?
The Scandinavian countries, Australia, Canada, Japan and United Kingdom ranked among the best countries for air quality

Question – Where is the purest air on Earth?
Puerto Rico, New Celedonia, US Virgin Islands Here AQI is 15

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