Midlothian, Scotland has the best air pollution in the UK

The UK has an average air pollution rating of 10.5µg, which is defined as ‘good,’ according to data analysed by

The researchers also found that the UK also ranks in the top 25% of lowest air pollution rates in the world, ranking 21st out of 89.

Having analysed data from the IQ Air Report, the researchers found that in the UK, Midlothian, Scotland has the best air quality, with an average ranking of 5.1µg.

In second place is Wiltshire, with a ranking of 5.4µg. Berkshire comes in third place with Slough having surprisingly low air quality at 5.8µg.

Commenting on the findings, Shannon Keary, digital PR manager at, said: ‘Air pollution and a greener environment continues to be a huge talking point for many people in the UK, and, in this campaign, we wanted to reveal where in the UK has the lowest air pollution.

‘It’s really promising to see that so many of our towns, cities and villages have such clean air, and it’s especially great to see that a huge 88% of the UK has low air pollution rankings that are either within the WHO target or are rated ‘good’.

‘We have also created an interactive tool that allows people to find out the areas in their region with the cleanest air in an easily digestible format and then they can compare it with that of their friends and family across the UK.’

To find out where has the cleanest air in your area, visit

In related news, traffic levels in Edinburgh and Glasgow have exceeded pre-pandemic levels, according to new data.

The data, sourced by Siemens Mobility Limited in partnership with HERE Technologies, shows, has sparked fears about air quality.

According to the figures, daily traffic in Edinburgh is 7% higher in comparison to February 2020, with Glasgow reporting traffic levels of 4% higher than those pre-pandemic.


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