Be Where It’s Safer For Your Asthma Or Allergy Attacks:
Are you the type of person who dreads the arrival of spring season because Are you allergic to pollen? When you were a kid or now as an adult, do you usually suffer from asthma or allergic attacks?
If you belong to any of these two categories, then it is a must for you to know that there are states or cities in the country which are more allergy-prone than others.
Every year, the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America (AAFA) publishes a list of the areas in the country which have the greatest risk for allergy prone individuals, as well as those who frequently suffer from asthma attacks.
Their basis is whether a city or state has a longer pollinating season; the level of traffic and factory smog; the possibility of mold growth in the air; the spore levels and the number of Board Certified Allergists per patient in the area.
A Look At The Top 10 Safest US Cities For Allergies
Now that you already have an idea about the worst cities for people with allergies, here is a comprehensive look at the top 10 least allergy-prone cities in the US. The data is based from the 2009 rankings of the AAFA, which lists down the most challenging places to live with spring allergies:
1. City: New Haven, Connecticut
Total Allergy Score: 41.36
For their 2009 study, the city of New Haven in Connecticut has the lowest score in terms of being an allergy-prone city. Best known as the home of Yale University, it seems as if students who suffer from asthma won’t have a thing to worry about because the city is one of the least allergy-prone areas in the country.
As such, you can go biking and hiking at the nearest parks without having to worry too much about the environment in the city itself triggering your allergy attacks.
2. City: San Diego, California
Total Score: 49.20
Last year, San Diego ranked as the 10th most allergy prone cities in the US. So what prompted the change? Perhaps it’s the fact that the city makes better use of the allergy medications that they have available for patients with different allergies and they utilize it better than the average 1.13 medications per estimated patient.
They also have a better than average number of certified allergists per patient, so allergy-prone individuals wouldn’t have a hard time living in this huge city in California which is known for its beaches.
3. City: Daytona Beach, Florida
Total Score: 50.62
Located in East Center Florida, Daytona Beach is known as the “World Center of Racing“. And as far as allergens go, the city fares much better than other neighboring places: it has a better than average pollen score and medicine utilization per patient.
This is most likely the reason why more than 8 million visitors flock to the metropolitan area of Daytona Beach every year.
4. City: Miami, Florida
Total Score: 51.04
The only problem that individuals suffering from allergies may have when living in Miami, Florida is the fact that they have a lower than average number of board certified allergists per patient.
But, still the pollen content in the air and the medicine utilization per patient is better than average.
The city ranked number 83 from last year’s worst allergy prone cities from the AAFA list, marking a definite improvement for 2009.
5. City: Boise, Idaho
Total Score: 54.97
A low pollen count, better than average medicine utilization – what more can you as an allergy-prone individual ask for from a city? If you live in or are visiting Boise, Idaho, you will see that it is a fairly allergy-friendly area.
It’s also the capital and the largest city in Idaho where tourists can go inner tubing, watch a horse race, participate in the Idaho Shakespeare Festival or take in one of the many nature trails that the city has to offer.
6. City: Oxnard, California
Total Score: 55.17
Joining in the ranks of the top 10 least allergy prone cities in the US is Oxnard in California. Located in Ventura County, Oxnard wasn’t even included in the list of the worst allergy-prone cities last year.
It could be due to the fact that the pollen content in the city is average, and they have a better than average medicine utilization.
7. City: Palm Bay, Florida
Total Score: 56.55
Yet another city in Florida which the AAFA considers to be the least allergy-prone is Palm Bay. Even if you have spring allergies, it will not get triggered because the city has a better than average pollen score.
8. City: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Total Score: 56.69
What better way is there to spend a vacation than basking in the grand mountain scenery at Colorado Springs in Colorado? Whether you’re a resident or a visitor of the second largest city in the state, you won’t have to worry about allergy attacks because it has a fairly tolerable pollen count.
As such, you can visit the stunning Garden of the Gods without having to worry about wheezing or coughing as a result of allergies.
Last year, Denver was ranked as the 63rd most allergy prone city in the US. For the list released for 2009 by the AAFA, Denver was revealed as having an average pollen score and a better than average medicine utilization per patient.
It’s actually dubbed at the “Mile High City” since it lies at an altitude of about 1,600 meters – although the city generally enjoys a mild climate year-round. As compared to other cities in Colorado, Denver has a better than average medicine utilization per patient.
10. City: Riverside, California
Total Score: 57.77
Capping off our list of the top 10 least allergy-prone cities in the US is Riverside, California.
The average pollen count and better than average medicine utilization per patient makes it a fairly allergy-friendly city for those who are suffering from wheezing and coughing as a result of the environment that they’re in.
Riverside is a large city which more than 300,000 residents call home, and there’s a variety of modern and natural sights to soak in.
If you live in an allergy-prone city and it’s that time of the year when you have an attack of the allergies, then you may want to try paying these 10 least allergy-prone cities a visit.