Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Greenville's Rank as an Allergy and Asthma Capital in the U.S.

Here is how Greenville has been ranked in the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's lists of the top 100 most challenging places to live in the U.S. for: Spring Allergies, Fall Allergies, or Asthma.

Year Spring Allergy rank Fall Allergy rank Asthma rank
2003 13 24 not done
2004 19 34 54
2005 6 32 58
2006* 2 1 68
2007 53 45 34
2008 1728
2009 25 96 49
2010 ? ? 59

updated 3/30/10.  No Allergy Capital data for 2010 has been released yet.
* = A good or bad year for us, depending on your perspective!

Commentary: Most of the top 50 cities in the Allergy Capitals lists are in the Southeastern U.S. The likely explanation is the highest pollen counts occur in the Southeastern U.S., which cause more allergies and so more medication use. These are two of three criteria used to determine the rankings. The data above can not be found in this format anywhere else on the internet.

If you are curious about how other cities were ranked this year only, go to http://www.aafa.org/ or click on the link in the top left corner of this website. Prior year's rankings can be found by searching the internet. To see graphs of this years' pollen and mold counts, click here.

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