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Journal of Environmental and Public Health
Volume 2017, Article ID 4535142, 7 pages
Research Article

Understanding Public Views about Air Quality and Air Pollution Sources in the San Joaquin Valley, California

Health Sciences Research Institute, University of California, Merced, CA, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Ricardo Cisneros; ude.decremcu@sorensicr

Received 3 December 2016; Revised 14 February 2017; Accepted 15 March 2017; Published 2 April 2017

Academic Editor: Brian Buckley

Copyright © 2017 Ricardo Cisneros et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The San Joaquin Valley of California has poor air quality and high rates of asthma. Surveys were collected from 744 residents of the San Joaquin Valley from November 2014 to January 2015 to examine the public’s views about air quality. The results of this study suggest that participants exposed to high PM2.5 (particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in size) concentrations perceived air pollution to be of the worst quality. Air quality in the San Joaquin Valley was primarily perceived as either moderate or unhealthy for sensitive groups. Females perceived air pollution to be of worse quality compared to males. Participants perceived unemployment, crime, and obesity to be the top three most serious community problems in the San Joaquin Valley. Participants viewed cars and trucks, windblown dust, and factories as the principle contributors to air pollution in the area. There is a need to continue studying public perceptions of air quality in the San Joaquin Valley with a more robust survey with more participants over several years and seasons.