Measuring noise pollution

Measuring noise pollution - Noise Map for Santa Clara CountyWe’ve learned about two websites for measuring noise pollution and thought our readers would be interested. In some cases, it can be surprising that the sound levels are lower or higher than anticipated!

These are great tools for getting a general idea on volume, but you’ll want to check out any properties in person and perhaps even talk with neighbors to know for sure if it’s an issue.

Measuring noise pollution: two sites

How Loud

The first site is How Loud.

With HowLoud, the higher the score, the quieter the location. You can check for just the volume from different sources. In my experience, it does not cover all sources of noise. It does reference the influence of traffic, airports, and local sources of noise.

Noise Map

The other site is Noise Map.

Noise map appears to focus on the roar from airplanes landing and taking off as opposed to any other sources. It provides a decibel reading, which is helpful.

Sources of sound pollution