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The 15 Worst U.S. Cities for Asthma

By Jeffrey Kopman
Published: October 28, 2013

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If you have asthma, a city might not be the best place to settle down, as the high air pollution levels some cities boast can make your asthma symptoms worse. Environmental factors, such as pollen counts, heat, humidity and mold can also hurt asthma patients, meaning some cities are worse than others for people with asthma.

Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America looks at the largest 100 cities in America, and ranks them based on 12 factors that contribute to asthma symptoms. They are: air pollution, asthma prevalence, death rate, annual air quality, pollen counts, medication utilization, poverty rates, public smoking laws, uninsured rate, school inhaler access, emergency room visits and number of specialists.

The resulting list helps you know which cities to avoid.

Do you live in the worst city for asthma? Click through the 15 worst cities to find out.


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