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AAFA experts say every city in the country has a variety of risk factors and that people need to work with specialists to control asthma, regardless of where they live. It says more than 20 million U.S. children and adults live with asthma, making it one of the most common and costly diseases.

Here’s the AAFA’s list of the worst 100 cities for people with asthma, along with scores bases on morbidity and mortality statistics; risk factors such as air quality, pollen, 100% smoke-free laws, and poverty; and medical factors, including medication usage and access to specialists:

 

RANK    METRO AREA    SCORE

  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 
  51. Fresno, Calif.                  82.05
  52. Tuscon, Ariz.                  81.98
  53. Columbia, S.C.                81.67
  54. Chicago, Ill.                     81.43
  55. Charleston, S.C.             81.41
  56. Lancaster, Pa.                81.31
  57. Boston, Mass.                80.99
  58. Riverside, Calif.            80.61
  59. Greenville, S.C.              80.49
  60. Los Angeles, Calif.        79.62
  61. Houston, Texas             79.52
  62. Phoenix, Ariz.               79.20
  63. Modesto, Calif.                79.08
  64. Albany, N.Y.                     78.84
  65. Orlando, Fla.                    78.81
  66. Rochester, N.Y.                78.64
  67. San Diego, Calif.              78.27
  68. Denver, Colo.                   77.81
  69. Worchester, Mass.         77.10
  70. Salt Lake City, Utah       76.93
  71. Stockton, Calif.                76.41
  72. Jackson, Miss.                  76.37
  73. Palm Bay, Fla.                  76.23
  74. Raleigh, N.C.                     75.42
  75. New Orleans, La.               75.19
  76. Ogden, Utah                     74.90
  77. Colorado Springs, Colo.  74.42
  78. Syracuse, N.Y.                  74.38
  79. Baton Rouge, La.            74.15
  80. Dallas, Texas                   73.95
  81. Sacramento, Calif.         73.50
  82. Oxnard, Calif.                   72.39
  83. Lakeland, Fla.                  72.06
  84. San Jose, Calif.                 71.96
  85. Miami, Fla.                        71.51
  86. Las Vegas, Nev.                71.44
  87. Albuquerque, N.M.         70.68
  88. Boise City, Idaho             70.45
  89. Kansas City, Mo.              68.74
  90. Portland, Maine              68.32
  91. Sarasota, Fla.                   68.29
  92. Seattle, Wash.                   67.60
  93. Cape Coral, Fla.                65.72
  94. Austin, Texas                   65.61
  95. Omaha, Neb.                    64.90
  96. Des Moines, Iowa           64.64
  97. Portland, Ore.                  64.00
  98. Daytona Beach, Fla.       63.20
  99. San Francisco, Calif.      62.05
  100. Minneapolis, Minn.     61.30 

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