PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia’s standing in an annual ranking of the most difficult places to live with spring allergies got worse this year, with the city jumping into the top 25.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranked Philadelphia as the 21st worst city for seasonal allergy sufferers, up from 38th place last year. The Landover, Md.-based advocacy organization on Wednesday released its 2016 Spring Allergy Capitals report, which ranks the 100 “most challenging” cities in the country for people with spring allergies.
Jackson, Miss., ranked first in the nation in the report, followed by Memphis, Tenn. and Syracuse, N.Y.
The ranking is based on local pollen levels, use of allergy medication and the number of board certified allergists in each metropolitan area. DYMISTA Nasal Spray, which is distributed by Meda Pharmaceuticals, sponsored the organization’s report.
No city in New Jersey made the list. New York City ranked 31st.
The top 10 “most challenging” cities, according to the report, are:
1. Jackson, Miss.
2. Memphis, Tenn.
3. Syracuse, N.Y.
4. Louisville, Ky.
5. McAllen, Texas
6. Wichita, Kan.
7. Oklahoma City
8. Providence, R.I.
9. Knoxville, Tenn.
10. Buffalo, N.Y.