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Worst Cites For Asthma Sufferers

Worst Cites For Asthma Sufferers

50 of the worst cites in the US for asthma sufferers…

Asthma is a condition that haunts over 20 million US citizens, and although scientists are still not exactly sure what causes asthma, experts believe that allergies to airborne substances such as tree, grass, and weed pollens, mold, animal dander, dust mites, and cockroach particles, are largely responsible for triggering asthma attacks.

Despite the inconclusive evidence as to the causes of asthma, research has shown that geographic location can be a major factor in determining the risks of those who suffer from the chronic lung disease.

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The Worst U.S Cities For Asthma Sufferers

Researchers from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), conducted studies to find out which cites pose the greatest risk for asthma suffers.

The top five ‘worst cites for asthma suffers’ were:

  • 1. Richmond, Va.
  • 2. St. Louis, Mo.
  • 3. Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • 4. Knoxville, Tenn.
  • 5. Milwaukee, Wis.
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Many Southern cites also made the top 25. The AAFA claim that the poor ranking for cities in the South is due in large part to slow adoption of “100% smoke-free” laws.

Of 100 cites reviewed, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Daytona Beach, Portland and Des Moines were cited as the best places for asthma suffers to live.

Researchers looked at a number of factors including annual pollen scores, pollution levels, public smoking laws, poverty rates, the percentage of people without health insurance and state laws ensuring student access to emergency inhalers to use in asthma episodes.

The researchers also looked at the number of states that have the most antismoking laws, forbidding smoking in bars, restaurants, workplaces, and in some states, cars in which minors are riding.

The cities were ranked from the highest total score Richmond’s was 100 to the lowest. By comparison, Minneapolis’ score, calculated as a composite of all factors that contribute to higher asthma prevalence, was 61.3.

Stan Fineman, MD, of the Atlanta Asthma and Allergy Clinic says cities known for traffic congestion, ozone problems, and high pollen counts are difficult for people with asthma.

“We see very high pollen counts in the South,” Fineman says. “And smog in many cities on the list is a problem for people with asthma.”


  1. Richmond, Va. 100
  2. St. Louis, Mo. 97.35
  3. Chattanooga, Tenn. 96.60
  4. Knoxville, Tenn. 96.27
  5. Milwaukee, Wis. 95.51
  6. Memphis, Tenn. 95.31
  7. Tulsa, Okla. 94.50
  8. Philadelphia, Pa. 93.97
  9. Augusta, Ga. 92.15
  10. Atlanta, Ga. 92.14
  11. Little Rock, Ark. 91.92
  12. Springfield, Mass. 91.32
  13. Dayton, Ohio 91.23
  14. Allentown, Pa. 89.88
  15. Scranton, Pa. 89.71
  16. Birmingham, Ala. 89.29
  17. Madison, Wis. 89.00
  18. Detroit, Mich. 88.91
  19. Pittsburgh, Pa. 88.82
  20. Nashville, Tenn. 88.74
  21. San Antonio, Texas 88.45
  22. McAllen, Texas 88.44
  23. Hartford, Conn. 87.93
  24. Indianapolis, Ind. 87.63
  25. Grand Rapids, Mich. 86.94
  26. Jacksonville, Fla. 86.92
  27. Wichita, Kan. 86.81
  28. Louisville, Ky. 86.69
  29. New Haven, Conn. 86.59
  30. Oklahoma City, Okla. 86.10
  31. Bakersfield, Calif. 85.38
  32. New York, N.Y. 85.08
  33. Harrisburg, Pa. 84.86
  34. Columbus, Ohio 84.85
  35. Buffalo, N.Y. 84.76
  36. Toledo, Ohio 84.75
  37. Providence, R.I. 84.68
  38. Tampa, Fla. 84.07
  39. El Paso, Texas 83.76
  40. Youngstown, Ohio 83.49
  41. Washington, D.C. 83.29
  42. Cincinnati, Ohio 83.23
  43. Greensboro, N.C. 83.12
  44. Cleveland, Ohio 82.94
  45. Virginia Beach, Va. 82.58
  46. Bridgeport, Conn. 82.55
  47. Charlotte, N.C. 82.50
  48. Akron, Ohio 82.39
  49. Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 82.33
  50. Baltimore, Md. 82.07

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