20 Best & Worst Cities for Seasonal Allergies

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This information has been reviewed and approved by Eileen Wang, MD (March 2023).


20 Best & Worst Cities for Seasonal Allergies

20 Best Cities

  1. Buffalo, NY
  2. Seattle, WA
  3. Cleveland, OH
  4. Austin, TX
  5. Akron, OH
  6. Washington, DC
  7. Detroit, MI
  8. Albuquerque, NM
  9. Columbus, OH
  10. Salt Lake City, UT
  11. Atlanta, GA.
  12. Louisville, KY
  13. Dayton, OH
  14. San Francisco, CA
  15. New York, NY
  16. Madison, WI
  17. San Jose, CA
  18. Indianapolis, IN
  19. Ogden, UT
  20. Birmingham, AL


20 Worst Cities

  1. Wichita, KS
  2. Dallas, TX
  3. Scranton, PA
  4. Oklahoma City, OK
  5. Tulsa, OK
  6. Sarasota, FL
  7. Cape Coral, FL
  8. Orlando, FL
  9. Des Moines, IA
  10. Greenville, SC
  11. Virginia Beach, VA
  12. Houston, TX
  13. Little Rock, AR
  14. Miami, FL
  15. Lakeland, FL
  16. Raleigh, NC
  17. Palm Bay, FL
  18. Tampa, FL
  19. Greensboro, NC
  20. Rochester, NY

This list is based on pollen counts, medication use and number of allergists.

Source: The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 2023


Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy nose
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy eyes, nose, throat

10 Tips to Prevent and Manage Allergy Symptoms

  • Take allergy medication before your allergy season begins.
  • Use a central air conditioner with filter if possible.
  • Take doctor-recommended medications and treatments consistently.
  • Use a scarf or mask on windy days.
  • Change clothes after being outside.
  • Wash hands, body and hair after being outside & before bed.
  • Stay inside when allergen levels are high.
  • Keep car and home windows closed.          
  • Use a saline nasal wash.
  • Get help with yardwork during your allergy season.


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