20 Best & Worst Cities for Seasonal Allergies

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This information has been reviewed and approved by Eileen Wang, MD (March 2022).


20 Best & Worst Cities for Seasonal Allergies

20 Best Cities

  1. Seattle, Washington
  2. Durham, North Carolina
  3. San Francisco, California
  4. San Jose, California
  5. Portland, Oregon
  6. Sacramento, California
  7. Denver, Colorado
  8. Provo, Utah
  9. Phoenix, Arizona
  10. Fresno, California
  11. Washington, D.C.
  12. San Diego, California
  13. Madison, Wisconsin
  14. Stockton, California
  15. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  16. Bakersfield, California
  17. Boise, Idaho
  18. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  19. Raleigh, North Carolina
  20. Ogden, Utah


20 Worst Cities

  1. Scranton, Pennsylvania
  2. Wichita, Kansas
  3. McAllen, Texas
  4. Richmond, Virginia
  5. San Antonio, Texas
  6. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  7. Hartford, Connecticut
  8. Buffalo, New York
  9. New Haven, Connecticut
  10. Albany, New York
  11. Bridgeport, Connecticut
  12. Springfield, Massachusetts
  13. Dayton, Ohio
  14. Columbia, South Carolina
  15. El Paso, Texas
  16. Syracuse, New York
  17. Des Moines, Iowa
  18. Miami, Florida
  19. Memphis, Tennessee
  20. Las Vegas, Nevada

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

Source: The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 2022


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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