Best U.S. Cities to Live in if You Have Allergies
THE BEST PLACES TO LIVE FOR ALLERGY SUFFERERS
There’s no part of the United States that’s entirely allergen free. But there are places where you might not suffer quite as much. Here’s a look at the current allergy landscape and better-than-average places to live for allergy sufferers.
KNOW YOUR ALLERGY "TERRAIN"
If you’re allergic to weed pollen, you might breathe easier in mountainous and forested areas. In particular, the Pacific Northwest tends to have less ragweed pollen than the rest of the country but has standard amounts of tree and grass pollen.1
At one time, desert areas like parts of Arizona and Nevada were good for allergy sufferers. But with residential communities on the rise, that’s changing. Landscaping with trees, shrubs, and grasses from other parts of the country end up changing the air quality of deserts.1
BE PREPARED FOR NEW ALLERGENS
If you’re considering relocating to avoid a particularly troublesome allergen, remember: it’s difficult to completely avoid an entire plant family. Proteins in pollen are very similar within plant families and often highly cross-reactive. So even if you move, you can end up developing sensitivity to another allergen within the same family.1
While relocating may offer some relief from allergy symptoms, it won’t get rid of them entirely. Wherever you are, the best thing to do come allergy season is check the pollen count and treat symptoms accordingly.
THE 5 BEST CITIES FOR ALLERGIES
Every year the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranks the most challenging cities to live in for spring allergy sufferers. In 2018, these 5 cities scored the lowest, which means, out of 100 metropolitan areas in America, they’re the best cities to live in for those with allergies.2
- Denver, CO
- Provo, UT
- Boise, ID
- Portland, OR
- Colorado Springs, CO
THE 5 WORST CITIES FOR ALLERGIES
In 2018, these 5 cities scored the highest for most challenging American cities to live in for those with allergies.2
- McAllen, TX
- Louisville, KY
- Jackson, MS
- Memphis, TN
- San Antonio, TX
1. IMS Health Incorporated. Frequently Asked Questions About Pollen Forecasting and Sampling for Allergy Alerts. https://www.pollen.com/faq.asp?faq=4. Accessed June 25, 2018.
2. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. 2018 Spring Allergy Capitals. http://www.aafa.org/media/AAFA-2018-Spring-Allergy-Capitals-Report.pdf. Accessed June 25, 2018.