The Worst States to Live in if You Have Allergies

Spring means sunshine, blooming flowers, and those pesky seasonal allergies for some. Seasonal allergy symptoms may include sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, and sometimes a cough, according to Healthline.

So who is suffering the most? The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American breaks it down based on 2016 data. Each area is assigned a score based on the preponderance of pollen, allergy medication utilization, and board certified allergists per patients. The total average allergy score is 62.53, so scores over this level means you are likely suffering from allergies. Which areas have the most sufferers? No 3’s ranking is just plain weird.

15. Massachusetts

Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

This state still has a high allergy score. | Sean Pavone/iStock/Getty Images

  • Allergy score: 70.91

Residents living in Springfield, specifically are going to suffer more than others in the state. While Springfield, Massachusetts received a relatively average overall pollen score, the city and state rank rose from 26 to 20.

Next: This is another state that saw allergies increase.

14. North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

This stunning state has high amounts of pollen. | Sean Pavone/iStock/Getty Images

  • Allergy score: 71.14

If you live in Winston-Salem, you may be sneezing a little more than the rest in North Carolina. The city received an average pollen score, but is seeing more allergies, as rankings increased from 24 to 19.

Next: Sufferers are hit in a few places in this state.

13. Louisiana

St-Johns Cathedral - Lafayette, Louisiana

Both of the state’s major cities had high allergy scores. | artiste9999/iStock/Getty Images Plus

  • Allergy score: 74.12 (New Orleans), 74.99 (Baton Rouge)

A few cities in the Big Easy are hit hardest, which includes New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Both areas rank high for sufferers, but about average for pollen exposure.

Next: Pollen levels are high in this area.

12. Virginia

Richmond, Virginia, USA

Pollen levels here skyrocket in the spring. |

  • Allergy score: 75.35

Richmond, Virginia has pretty high pollen levels during spring. While allergies in Richmond seem to have gotten better, the area still ranks pretty high for suffering.

Next: People living in this area brace for spring allergies.

11. South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

This area rose in rankings over time. | Sean Pavone/iStock/Getty Images

  • Allergy score: 76.77

If you live in Columbia, South Carolina you are especially vulnerable to rising pollen levels. The area rose in rankings too, which means allergies are getting worse.

Next: Top 10 worse places you can live for allergies begins with…

10. Arkansas

Little Rock, Arkansas

Coming in at No. 10 is Arkansas. | Sean Pavone/Getty Images

  • Allergy score: 77.31

While pollen levels remain about average, the overall score is pretty bad if you live in Little Rock. The area ranking remained pretty consistent year over year.

Next: People are sneezing quite a bit here.

9. Ohio

The Scioto river reflects Downtown Columbus Ohio

Allergy levels may be improving in this state. | David Rigg/iStock/Getty Images

  • Allergy score: 78.69

Residents in Dayton, Ohio are being hit pretty hard with seasonal allergies, which includes a boom in pollen levels. The good news is the area used to rank a little worse previously, so allergy levels seem to be improving.

Next: This area holds steady, but is still tough on allergies.

8. Rhode Island

Harbor View of Providence Rhode Island

The side effects of allergies can be extremely annoying. | SeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Getty Images

  • Allergy score: 81.54

While pollen levels are about average, people who live in Providence, Rhode Island are still smacked with seasonal sneezing, coughing and dabbing watery eyes.

Next: People are hit in a few areas within this state.

7. Oklahoma

Oklahoma City National Memorial - West Gate

The major cities in this state seem to be improving on the allergy index. | iStock/Getty Images

  • Allergy score: 74.71 (Tulsa), 83.61 (Oklahoma City)

You can’t go far in Oklahoma without having to deal with seasonal allergies. Pollen levels are pretty bad if you live in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, with folks in Oklahoma City getting hit a little worse. Good news? Both cities seem to be seeing allergy easing from year over year.

Next: Spring allergies are no joke in this area.

6. Kansas

The Kansas state capitol building is located in downtown Topeka on land donated by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad company. Construction began in 1866 and was officially completed 37 years later in 1903 at a total cost of just over 3.2 million dollars. The building is over 300 feet tall and is 17 feet taller than the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C.

Pollen and overall scores were bad in this state. | fotoguy22/iStock/Getty Images

  • Allergy score: 86.82

Although Wichita, Kansas’s ranking remained relatively consistent year over year, it is still a tough place if you have allergies. Both pollen and overall scores were pretty bad so hopefully residents keep a box of tissue on hand.

Next: Allergies are bigger in this state.

5. Texas

Austin Texas Green Modern Crown Jewel the Texas Hill Country Capital City of ATX

This large state has some serous allergy problems. | RoschetzkyIstockPhoto/Getty Images

  • Allergy score: 87.31

Everything is bigger in the Lone Star State and allergies are no exception. If you live in McAllen, Texas expect to sneeze and wheeze a little more. Pollen levels are high here too.

Next: You might see a lot of sneezing during this big event.

4. Kentucky

Louisville, KY

The state is trying to get allergy levels under control. | toddtaulman/iStock/Getty Images

  • Allergy score: 87.88

Grab some tissues and allergy medicine before you leave for the Kentucky Derby this Spring as you’ll need it. Louisville, Kentucky residents (and visitors) seem to get smacked hard with allergies, even though pollen levels appear to be under control.

Next: Something odd is happening in this state for allergies.

3. New York

New York City

This state saw dramatic increases in certain cities. | Sean Pavone/iStock/Getty Images

  • Allergy score: 79.31 (Buffalo), 87.97 (Syracuse)

New York has two cities ranked as being some of the worst places for allergies. However, one interesting trend emerged. Both Buffalo and Syracuse allergy rankings rose dramatically year over year.

In 2015 Buffalo ranked 36, but rose to 10 in 2016. Syracuse ranked 20 in 2015 but held number three in 2016. Sure, pollen levels are high in both areas, but the ranking shift is startling.

Next: Here’s another state with two big hits.

2. Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee

This state came in at No. 2 | SeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Getty Images

  • Allergy score: 81.32 (Knoxville), 94.74 (Memphis)

It’s pretty tough living in Tennessee if you suffer from seasonal allergies. It’s bad enough dealing with the pollen levels in Knoxville, which are about average. But it is far worse in Memphis where pollen is everywhere.

Next: Literally the worse place you can be for allergies.

1. Mississippi

Mississippi State Capitol

This state had the highest levels two years running | SeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Getty Images

  • Allergy score: 100.00

It can’t get much worse for residents living in Jackson, Mississippi. Pollen levels are high and the area ranked first not only this year, but the previous year too.

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