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Top 10 Cities for Spring Allergies

Do you feel challenged by your allergies? Well you could be geographically challenged as well. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America creates a list every year of the worst cities to live in if you suffer from spring time allergies.

Cities are ranked according to the following criteria:

  • Pollen scores (airborne grass/tree/weed pollen and mold spores)
  • Number of allergy medications used per patient
  • Number of allergy specialists per patient

Although the Southeastern cities generally dominate the top of the list, the 2007 top ten prove that nowhere is safe.

1. Hartford, CT
2. Greenville, SC
3. Boston, MA
4. Detroit, MI
5. Orlando, FL

Looking for your hometown? Then

6. Knoxville, TN
7. Omaha, NE
8. Sacramento, CA
9. Washington, DC
10. Baltimore, MD

If you are suffering from hay fever, is it time to move to Seattle? Well, no...different allergens exist in different places. The tree pollen in Atlanta might trigger your allergies, but so could the mold in wet Seattle.

If you are planning on traveling soon you can also check out the the top 100 Allergy Capitals on the AAFA website.

Join The Conversation
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I live right between Baltimore and DC and work just outside DC. I'm toast!
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
I'm with the rest of you in my disbelief that only one southern city is on the list. It rained here in Atlanta last week, and the water running down the roads was bright yellow from all the pollen. It's insane.
lynn2007 lynn2007 10 years
Thankfully its not too bad where I am
JennaV JennaV 10 years
The pollen here in Atlanta was TERRIBLE last week.....the count was in the 5000's :jawdrop: Luckily, it has gotten a little better and the count is around 500 or so.
kendallina kendallina 10 years
#6 here.
BeeMoney BeeMoney 10 years
It is terrible where I am, my car has turned completely yellow!
Fitness Fitness 10 years
slg279 which link did you click? If you click on you can check today's worst city in terms of pollen count. Which is a pretty cool feature.
Tnkrbelli Tnkrbelli 10 years
I have asthma and allergies, and Boston, MA was okay for me...but sometimes you have to live there a little bit longer than a year, I heard, to actually truly experience the allergy season at a place. The worst for me is dust, so here in CO and when I lived in MT is definitely worse for my asthma. Portland, OR was great for my allergies in general. NO asthma there either! I'm definitely not allergic to mold I guess. ;)
girlgreen girlgreen 10 years
um...i went to the link to see the rest of the top 100, and the top 10 were totally different.
julieulie julieulie 10 years
I'm in DC as well -- with a severe allergy to cherry blossoms, of all things (something I did not find out until my first spring living here). My allergies are so bad I have to spend all of spring indoors -- maybe it explains why I hate spring/summer so much and can't wait until next winter and more snow!
smartypantssugar smartypantssugar 10 years
#9! No wonder I feel like crap.
bpjedi bpjedi 10 years
Where I am, in the Research Triangle area of NC, there is so much pollen that cars parked outdoors get a thin yellow film of pollen within a couple hours. My allergies are really, really, really bad here, and I grew up in the northeast with the woods in my back yard.
RainbowCrayon RainbowCrayon 10 years
Well that bites. As a woman with severe asthma that's no good!
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