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Got Allergies? Where’s The Best Place to Live?

If you are an allergy sufferer there are some U.S. cities you definitely want to stay away from.

Do you suffer from allergies? If you do, there are some U.S. cities that are particularly toxic for you, with Knoxville, Tennessee topping the list.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has issued its annual report and found (in 2011) that Knoxville for the second year in a row is the leader for giving allergy sufferers a bad time.

The AAFA’s report, “Spring Allergies Capitals” in the U.S., is based on an analysis of pollen scores, the number of allergy medications used per patient, and the number of board-certified allergists per patient.

Tennessee Must Have Problems

Poor old Knoxville earned its top ranking because it ranks as worse than average for pollen counts and allergy medication use, and average for its number of allergists, according to the report. Knoxville has a lot of pollen-producing plants, and its location within the Smoky Mountains, with many deep valleys, traps the pollen in the region.

So who is number two on the hit list? – McAllen, Texas. Third is Louisville, Ky. Tennessee must be a particularly problematic state for allergies because two more of it’s cities, Chattanooga and Memphis come in at Nos. 7 and 8.

The other cities that rank in the top 10 are: Jackson, Miss. (No. 4); Wichita, Kan. (No. 5); Oklahoma City, Okla. (No. 6); San Antonio, Texas (No. 9); and Dayton, Ohio (No. 10).

Here’s the top 50 in order:

1. Knoxville, Tenn.

2. McAllen, Texas

3. Louisville, Ky.

4. Jackson, Miss.

5. Wichita, Kan.

6.Oklahoma City, Okla.

7. Chattanooga, Tenn.

8. Memphis, Tenn.

9. San Antonio, Texas

10. Dayton, Ohio

11. Baton Rouge, La.

12. Birmingham, Ala.

13. Providence, R.I.

14. New Orleans, La.

15. Syracuse, N.Y.

16. Virginia Beach, Va.

17. Little Rock, Ark.

18. Hartford, Conn.

19. Madison, Wisc.

20. New Haven, Conn.

21. Greenville, S.C.

22. Greensboro, N.C.

23. Charlotte, N.C.

24. Dallas, Texas

25. Buffalo, N.Y.

26. Austin, Texas

27. Columbia, S.C.

28. Tulsa, Okla.

29. St. Louis, Mo.

30. Philadelphia, Pa.

31. Albany, N.Y.

32. Augusta, Ga.

33. Pittsburgh, Pa.

34. El Paso, Texas

35. Grand Rapids, Mich.

36. Bridgeport, Conn.

37. Charleston, S.C.

38. Youngstown, Ohio

39. New York, N.Y.

40. Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

41. Allentown, Pa.

42. Las Vegas, Nev.

43. Riverside, Calif.

44. Scranton, Pa.

45. Nashville, Tenn.

46. Richmond, Va.

47. Houston, Texas

48. Jacksonville, Fla.

49. Des Moines, Iowa

50. Detroit, Mich.

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  1. Very interesting. Now I know where not to move to although Illinois has its share of this problem.

  2. A bit of false advertising here – the title asks where the best place to live, but the article only says where not to live.

    There are lots of great places to live in Canada, but 90% of us live within 200 miles of you’all. I spent a summer in Montreal many eons ago, and I found that my allergy symptoms pretty much went away. I think the salty air from the St. Lawrence seaway is easier to breathe than the dusty air in southern Manitoba. Our air quality depends a lot on farmers burning straw in the fall.

  3. I am just recovering from a huge dose of leaf mold I stirred up in a ditch beside my house. Next will be the huge Cottonwoods across the street. Everything is incredible early this year. When I was a kid either I was to busy to notice that I was stuffed up and had swollen eyes. I notice it now. Toledo, Ohio, where I live, is on the shore of Lake Erie. Centuries ago Toledo was in Lake Erie. As the lake lost water it left behind very black, organic dirt. It is very fertile but also very moldy because of the organic material still in it. It used to be called the Great Black Swamp. Industrious German farmers dug ditches that drained the water off. There is little sign of a swamp anymore. It is all settled.

  4. We live 200 miles north of Detroit, Michigan. Both my husband and I suffer terribly with spring allergies

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