Americas Worst Asthma Cities

Knoxville Tops the List of Most Challenging Cities for People With Asthma

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WebMD Medical News

Reviewed By Michael Smith, MD
on Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Feb. 16, 2005 -- Knoxville, Tenn., tops the list of the 100 most challenging U.S. cities for people living with asthma .

Memphis, Tenn., and Louisville, Ky., took the second and third spots in the second annual ranking of U.S. asthma cities. Washington, D.C. jumped from number 50 last year to number five in this year's list.

Researchers say more than half of the 20 million Americans with asthma suffer from the allergic form of the disease, which is aggravated by exposure to allergens like pollen, dust mites, and mold.

In compiling the 2005 U.S. asthma cities list, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranked the top 100 metropolitan areas in the country based on 12 asthma risk, medical, and prevalence factors, such as:

  • Estimated and reported prevalence of asthma
  • Asthma-related deaths
  • Annual pollen level
  • Annual air quality
  • Public smoking laws
  • Number of asthma specialists
  • School asthma-inhaler access laws
  • Uninsured rate
  • Poverty rate

Based on those factors, the following cities were ranked the top 100 worst cities for asthma sufferers:

Top 100 Asthma Cities

Ranking City
1 Knoxville, Tenn.
2 Memphis, Tenn.
3 Louisville, Ky.
4 Toledo, Ohio
5 Washington, D.C.
6 St. Louis, Mo.
7 Allentown, Pa.
8 Springfield, Mass.
9 Grand Rapids, Mich.
10 Scranton, Pa.
11 Indianapolis
12 Columbus, Ohio
13 Pittsburgh
14 Phoenix-Mesa, Ariz.
15 Birmingham, Ala.
16 Chattanooga, Tenn.
17 Detroit
18 Atlanta
19 Lancaster, Pa.
20 Fresno, Calif.
21 Little Rock, Ark.
22 Hartford, Conn.
23 Oklahoma City
24 Johnson City, Okla.
25 Milwaukee
26 Harrisburg, Pa.
27 Charlotte, N.C.
28 Madison, Wis.
29 Philadelphia
30 Canton, Ohio
31 Kalamazoo, Mich.
32 Lexington, Ky.
33 Greensboro, N.C.
34 Youngstown, Ohio
35 Nashville, Tenn.
36 Tulsa, Okla.
37 Dayton, Ohio
38 Lansing, Mich.
39 Modesto, Calif.
40 Augusta, Ga.
41 Wichita, Kan.
42 Los Angeles
43 Cincinnati
44 Chicago
45 Omaha, Neb.
46 Syracuse, N.Y.
47 Jackson, Miss.
48 Raleigh, N.C.
49 Cleveland
50 Baltimore
51 Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
52 Kansas City, Mo.
53 Bakersfield, Calif.
54 Boise City, Idaho
55 Fort Wayne, Ind.
56 Mobile, Ala.
57 Spokane, Wash.
58 Greenville, S.C.
59 Buffalo, N.Y.
60 Portland, Ore.
61 Tucson, Ariz.
62 Richmond, Va.
63 Salt Lake City
64 Columbia, S.C.
65 Providence, R.I.
66 Boston
67 El Paso, Texas
68 Charleston, S.C.
69 Las Vegas
70 Rochester, N.Y.
71 Sacramento, Calif.
72 New York
73 Stockton, Calif.
74 McAllen, Texas
75 Tampa, Fla.
76 Austin, Texas
77 Albuquerque, N.M.
78 Orlando, Fla.
79 New Orleans
80 Des Moines, Iowa
81 Baton Rouge, La.
82 San Diego
83 Albany, N.Y.
84 Jacksonville, Fla.
85 Pensacola, Fla.
86 Houston
87 Lakeland, Fla.
88 Norfolk, Va.
89 San Antonio
90 Sarasota, Fla.
91 Melbourne, Fla.
92 Colorado Springs, Colo.
93 Fort Meyers, Fla.
94 Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
95 West Palm Beach, Fla.
96 Seattle
97 Denver
98 Daytona Beach, Fla.
99 Miami
100 San Francisco
 


SOURCES: The U.S. Asthma Capitals, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. News release, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.



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