Worst Cities for People With Fall Allergies

Medically Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner, MD on November 30, 2022

Scanton, PA., is  the toughest place to live if you have fall allergies, says a 2020 list from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. The Foundation annually lists the country's top 100 fall allergy metro areas.

The rankings are based on several factors:

  • airborne pollen counts from grass, trees, weeds, and mold spores
  • number of people affected by pollen allergies
  • the number of allergy medications used per person
  • the number of allergy specialists per 10,000 patients

Louisville’s score was 100. The city that’s best for people with fall allergies, Greeneville, S.Car., had a score of 30.60.

The top five allergy capitals for fall 2022 and their scores are:

Scranton, PA          100
Wichita, KS       92.60
McAllen, TX             86.11
Richmond, VA      85.79
San Antonio, TX       84.63

The five cities with the lowest scores, meaning the cities that are best for people with fall allergies, are:

Seattle, WA             38.44
Durham, NC          39.59
San Francisco   42.19
San Jose, CA      43.99
Portland, OR  44.28

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Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Fall Allergy Capitals 2012," "Allergy Capitals."

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