Best Asthma City Rankings – Friendliest Places for Asthma Patients


For the past six years, the nonprofit Allergy and Asthma Care of Brooklyn.

On the other hand, cities that don’t get a lot of air circulation — for instance, those located in valleys — can be tough for people with asthma. “Valleys can sometimes trap pollutants,” says Bernstein. “The air doesn’t move as freely.”

Still, while breezes from oceans and lakes may have a benefit, being on water is no guarantee for good air quality. “Other cities on the water like Milwaukee didn’t score very well,” says Waldron.

Weather Conditions. Many cities that ranked well for people with asthma have fairly mild climates, like San Francisco and Seattle. Asthma experts say that extreme temperatures are a common nonallergic asthma triggers. Some people with asthma do well when they move away from the cold winters of Minnesota to hot, arid climate of Arizona. For others, it doesn’t make much of a difference.

While some coastal towns ranked well on the AAFA’s list of asthma cities, their humidity could be a problem for many people with asthma. Humidity is an irritant that can trigger allergies and asthma attacks. They’re often most problematic in poorer urban neighborhoods.

Smoking Ordinances. When evaluating a particular city’s effect on asthma, it’s not only about pollen counts and weather. Charlot says that medications exactly as prescribed.

While it’s good to be aware of how the local conditions in your city could affect asthma symptoms, where you live shouldn’t dictate how you feel.

“As long as you have good control of your asthma, you really can live in any city in the world and still be symptom-free,” says Waldron.