Spring is in full bloom, and so are your allergies. If you are one of the 45 million Americans with allergies, you may be wondering if you lived somewhere else, would your allergies be less of a problem?
Each year the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America evaluates and ranks 100 cities based on the same three criteria:
• Pollen scores (airborne grass/tree/weed pollen and mold spores) based on levels from the previous season and duration of those levels. This score also includes statistics on how many people are susceptible to those types of triggers.
• Number of allergy medications used per patient
• Number of allergy specialists per patient
The report is an independent research project of AAFA and is sponsored by DYMISTA®. The ranking of the cities changes every year so just because a city is in the top 10 this year, it may not be in the following year.
Plus, this is only a ranking of the 100 cities the AAFA looks at. There may be other places that are good to live if you have allergies that are not on the list.
The best cities are not at the top of this list, they are at the bottom. The top of the list has the worse cities to live if you have allergies.
For 2015, the top 10 places to live are:
1) San Diego, California
2) Daytona Beach, Florida
3) Colorado Springs, Colorado
4) Provo, Utah
5) Sacramento, California
6) Oxnard, California
7) Denver, Colorado
8) Portland, Oregon
9) San Francisco, California
10) Spokane, Washington
You can see the entire table here.
One can immediately see that five of these cities are on a coast where the air is more humid, the temperatures are more mild and ocean breezes can blow allergens away. Notice there are no centrally located east coast cities in the top ten.
Colorado Springs in Colorado, Provo in Utah, and Denver in Colorado all have elevations of over 4,000 feet. Mountainous areas are often less allergy prone than areas that are flat in valleys, says WebMD.