The pollen in the air has everyone's allergies on high alert. So where could you go to get away from this misery?

Welcome to Spring pollen season, where if you are an allergy sufferer, you’re wishing you could live anywhere but here.

But where would you go to get away from the land of yellow cars and itchy eyes? The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has released their annual “Allergy Capitals” report to help us figure that out.

The report measures several things, and then ranks cities based on both spring and fall allergy scores. Then we averaged those out to get a composite list of the best – and worst – cities for allergies.

Among the measures taken into consideration in the report are:

  • Spring pollen scores
  • Fall pollen scores
  • Over-the-counter medicine use
  • Availability of board-certified allergists/immunologists

That last measure is key, because it helps to show that seasonal allergies are everywhere, but are you living somewhere you can get help with those quickly and easily? That’s how Durham came in at a startling No. 2 on this list!

So here they are, the 50 best cities for allergy sufferers to live in:

  • Better Than Average Score Cities

  • 1. Seattle, Washington

    Seattle allergies park

    Seattle is the best city in the country for allergy sufferers.

    Allergy score: 38.44

  • Durham, North Carolina

    Allergy score: 39.59

  • 3. San Francisco, California

    Allergy score:42.19

  • 4. San Jose, California

    Allergy score: 43.99

  • 5. Portland, Oregon

    Allergy score: 44.28

  • 6. Sacramento, California

    Allergy score: 44.34

  • 7. Denver, Colorado

    Allergy score: 44.40

  • 8. Provo, Utah

    Allergy score: 44.47

  • 9. Phoenix, Arizona

    Allergy score: 44.93

  • 10. Fresno, California

    Fresno parks allergies

    Fresno got bonus points for lots of available doctors.

    Allergy score: 45.52

  • 11. Salt Lake City, Utah

    Allergy score: 45.61

  • 12. Washington, D.C.

    Allergy score: 46.72

  • 13. San Diego, California

    Allergy score: 47.09

  • 14. Madison, Wisconsin

    Allergy score: 47.41

  • 15. Stockton, California

    Allergy score: 48.13

  • 16. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Milwaukee parks allergies

    Allergy score: 48.61

  • 17. Bakersfield, California

    Allergy score: 49.24

  • 18. Boise, Idaho

    Allergy score: 49.33

  • 19. Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Allergy score: 50.10

  • 20. Raleigh, North Carolina

    Allergy score: 51.91

  • 21. Ogden, Utah

    Ogden Utah skyline allergies

    Ogden, Utah

    Allergy score: 51.92

  • 22. Baltimore, Maryland

    Allergy score: 52.31

  • 23. Albuquerque, Maryland

    Allergy score: 52.32

  • 24. Spokane, Washington

    Allergy score: 53.65

  • 25. Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Allergy score: 54.24

  • Average Score Cities

  • 26. Boston, Massachusetts

    boston park allergies

    Boston, Mass.

    Allergy score: 54.51

  • 27. Omaha, Nebraska

    Allergy score: 54.57

  • 28. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

    Allergy score: 54.93

  • 29. Kansas City, Missouri

    Allergy score: 54.98

  • 30. Atlanta, Georgia

    Allergy score: 55.14

  • 31. Cincinnati, Ohio

    Allergy score: 56.01

  • 32. Providence, Rhode Island

    Allergy score: 56.46

  • 33. Chicago, Illinois

    Allergy score: 56.98

  • 34. Austin, Texas

    Allergy score: 56.99

  • 35. New York City

    New York City parks allergies

    New York City

    Allergy score: 57.34

  • 36. Los Angeles, California

    Allergy score: 57.53

  • 37. Indianapolis, Indiana

    Allergy score: 57.80

  • 38. Detroit, Michigan

    Allergy score: 57.93

  • 39. Rochester, New York

    Allergy score: 58.30

  • 40. Jackson, Mississippi

    Jackson Mississippi

    Jackson, Miss.

    Allergy score: 58.55

  • 41. Nashville, Tennessee

    Allergy score: 58.71

  • 42. Birmingham, Alabama

    Allergy score: 58.87

  • 43. Charlotte, North Carolina

    Allergy score: 59.20

  • 44. Augusta, Georgia

    Allergy score: 59.41

  • 45. Virginia Beach, Virginia

    Allergy score: 59.99

  • 46. Chattanooga, Tennessee

    Allergy score: 60.09

  • 47. Winston-Salem, North Carolina

    Allergy score: 60.24

  • 48. Tampa, Florida

    Allergy score: 61.07

  • 49. Cleveland, Ohio

    Allergy score: 61.83

  • 50. New Orleans, Louisiana

    New Orleans

    New Orleans

    Allergy score: 61.97

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