Be greater than your allergies
THE FIVE BEST U.S. CITIES FOR ALLERGIES
IF YOU’VE GOT ALLERGIES, THESE ARE THE BEST CITIES FOR AVOIDING POLLEN
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More than 50 million Americans live with seasonal nasal allergies. If you’re one of them, keeping allergies at bay can dictate many of the day-to-day choices you make. And for some, it can even play a part in deciding where to live.
Some cities are much better for allergy sufferers than others. The Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America (AAFA) published their yearly list of 100 major U.S. cities with the highest and lowest pollen scores. 2016’s rankings give us great insight into where allergy sufferers will be happiest -- and most miserable -- during peak pollen season.
The score is calculated by measuring three factors, including the grains of pollen measured in the air daily, allergy medication usage and the availability of board-certified allergists. With ranges between 1 and 100, cities with low scores are the least challenging to live in, while those with high scores are the most challenging.
While Jacksonville, MS, Memphis, TN and Syracuse, NY were the three worst cities for allergies, here are the five with the lowest pollen score.
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Sunny Daytona Beach topped the 2016 list of cities with the lowest pollen count, with a score of 38.57 from the AAFA. Daytona ranked second the year before, and with its low number of trees and high amount of beach exposure it’s no surprise. Ocean breezes can have the effect of “rinsing away” environmental allergens, and moisture also weighs pollen down and lessens its ability to circulate in the air.
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That crisp Colorado air must be just the thing for allergy sufferers. The western city ranked second on the 2016 list and sixth the year before with a total score of 39.63. Other cities in the Centennial State are not far behind, with Colorado Springs ranking sixth this year. In general, drier or more elevated environments have less allergen levels because there are fewer pollen-producing plants.
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The rugged city of Provo, Utah ranked third for the second year in a row with a total score of 40.57. Its wide-open landscapes and average elevation of 4,551 ft. may have something to do with its allergy-friendly climates. Not only are levels of pollen lower at higher altitudes, but pollen season is generally shorter.
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The shimmering city of San Diego ranked fourth on the 2016 list with a total score of 40.95. It ranked number one the year before. Like Daytona Beach, San Diego is low on trees, high on beach access. That means pollen doesn’t stand much of a chance here.
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The small city of Palm Bay, Fla. ranked fifth on the list with a total score of 44.0. It’s way up from 2015, when it ranked in place twelfth. Other Florida cities aren’t far behind, with Sarasota ranking ninth. The state’s coast has tons of beaches, which tends to have lower pollen levels. And regardless, looks like a nice place to vacation.