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Worst Cities for Allergies This Spring

As I have spent the past few days sneezing with watery eyes and an itchy throat, I would have sworn my home town was the worst place in the world for allergies but the folks at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) identified “the 100 most challenging places to live with allergies” in the Spring and Fall seasons.

The rankings are based on pollen scores (airborne grass/tree/weed pollen and mold spores), number of allergy medications used per patient, as well as number of allergy specialists per patient. Think your city must fall on the list? Here are the top 25 worst allergy offenders:

  1. Lexington, Ky.
  2. Greensboro, N.C.
  3. Johnson City, Tenn.
  4. Augusta, Ga.
  5. Jackson, Miss.

There are 20 more so


  1. Knoxville, Tenn.
  2. Birmingham, Ala.
  3. New Orleans, La.
  4. Little Rock, Ark.
  5. San Diego, Calif.
  6. Oklahoma City, Okla.
  7. Mobile, Ala.
  8. South Bend, Ind.
  9. Omaha, Neb.
  10. Stockton, Calif.
  11. McAllen, Texas
  12. Greenville, S.C.
  13. Nashville, Tenn.
  14. Tulsa, Okla.
  15. Harrisburg, Pa.
  16. Louisville, Ky.
  17. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
  18. Charlotte, N.C.
  19. Tampa, Fla.
  20. Philadelphia, Pa.

Don't see your hometown? Here's the full list.

spendndamoney spendndamoney 9 years
Let me tel you something about Oklahoma City...I feel like it's got to be one of the worst places to live with allergies because the wind blows all the time here. We have the highest average wind speed of any major city in the nation (there's nothing here to stop wind- it's just prarie). They actually gave this land to anyone who WOULD live on it during the landrun. Had to give it away...that's bad! Also how may other places have had a "dustbowl"? I completely understand how that could have happened here now that I've lived here. The wind carries everything in it. When it rains the dirt back down and your clean car now looks like it's covered with mud. My girlfriend is actually moving due to her allergic conditon. Come visit wonderful Oklahoma...(yeah right!)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
y25bbles y25bbles 9 years
Luckily, my town is not in the top 20 list...
darkoblivion darkoblivion 9 years
I live in Louisville... and I believe it being on the list. Kentucky is so horrible in the Ohio Valley, we call it the 'ohio valley crud'. When out-of-towners come here, they always have huge allergic reactions (if they had allergies to begin with.) Especially in my hometown in the western part of the state.
yamagrl yamagrl 9 years
Thanks goodness I don't live in Lexington, Kentucky!
alikat07 alikat07 9 years
Oops just re-checked Sac is higher than SF :)
alikat07 alikat07 9 years
There is no way SF has worse allergies than Sacramento!
meerkat meerkat 9 years
Yeah, I go to UT Austin... I've lived in Dallas all my life and have never had any problems but this spring in Austin... man. I'm dying. I definitely expected Austin to be higher up on the list.
jeremy27 jeremy27 9 years
I can help you all with your allergies. Just go here: That should help.
two9will two9will 9 years
I surely would've thought more Texas cities would have been on that list. I have had several allergy spells this spring, and I have even actually blown both my eardrums.
Phorrest99 Phorrest99 9 years
I would've thought that DC was one of the top ones, but it's number 51! I live in the DC area, and allergies are horrible around here :oP
Rommo Rommo 9 years
I love when I hear smokers talk about upper resp probs. Pretty funny. And the pictures gave them away. Sorry
Emillion76 Emillion76 9 years
Hello where is Sacramento/CA??This was by far my worse year in allergies!We got over 2800 polens per cubic meter this year!Ouch
david-evan david-evan 9 years
New York isn't a problem: the bus exhaust kills off the pollen. However, if you're on a bus with an over perfumed movie star wannabe, then it's a problem.
CedarFever CedarFever 9 years
This list is really stupid. I mean really, everybody knows that Austin is the "allergy capital of the world"! Don't believe it then just google that phrase and you will see! I can't believe these dummies missed it - what a joke! Maybe its because not than many Austin folks are so whimpy that they go running to the doctor every time their nose starts running! Oh well, just another bit of misinformation on the internet! Go Horns!
pcb pcb 9 years
i live in st louis where the city is sneezing and coughing and looks like everyone you pass has been crying. we are 26 on the list.
malywa malywa 9 years
I can say Augusta, GA is one worst for allergies. Every since I moved up here eight years ago my allergies have been crazy. In fact, I never knew of allergies until I went to the doctor here in Augusta and he told me had allergies. The pollen count here is very high and it is worse when there is no rain in the forcast.
Catlover100 Catlover100 9 years
I live in Tallahassee and I agree - How could it not be on the list??
happygirl7683 happygirl7683 9 years
I live in Stockton. It's all the agriculture that makes us more allergy-ish. Plus all the smog we get being sandwiched between I5 and 99 doesn't help with asthma. =P
Popmusic Popmusic 9 years
This is bogus... What does allergy medication usage have to do with anything except there are more doctors to prescribe the medication?
danakscully64 danakscully64 9 years
Someone made a mistake, Riverside, CA is not on the list. It's a valley, between the smog and allergens, it's got to be one of the worst. Must be.
bealotus bealotus 9 years
My city is #24...I thought it was going to be #1. I always have a runny nose,and my daughter is always sick.
aggie99tx aggie99tx 9 years
Okay, there is no way DFW isn't at the TOP of this list!!! Everyone in my office has been sneezing and coughing for the last month. Driving me crazy!!!
go-clemson go-clemson 9 years
let me tell you peeps. my car is covered in yellow everyday. it cost me 32 dollars to wash at the local whip shine. i can really see why greenville is on the list. i mean who has 30 plus to spend every other day to shine up their whip. its rediculous. we hope everyone is living great and spreading the love. peace homies
nicky2good nicky2good 9 years
i knew charlotte, nc was on the list. ever since i moved here my allergies has been a mess.
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