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Worst Cities for People With Asthma

Richmond and Other Southern Cities Rise to Top on ‘Worst Asthma’ List

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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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