We learned last week from CNN that the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has selected Knoxville Numero Uno for spring allergies in 2010. The AAFA had not released the nitty gritty of that survey by press time, however, so we'll have to be content for now with the one they have released, Top Asthma Capitals for 2010, which ranks Knoxville 4th. The Asthma Capitals ranking is based on three factors: prevalence, which includes morbidity and mortality; risk, which takes into account air quality, pollen, laws, poverty and more; and medication usage and access to specialists.
Last year, we ranked seventh among Asthma Capitals and St. Louis was first. According to the research project, the average of the 100 largest U.S. metro areas in estimated asthma prevalence is around 8.49 percent, and crude death rate for asthma averages about 1.19 percent. Knoxville was "average" in those areas and annual pollen, but "worse than average" in air-quality, 100 percent public smoke-free laws, and use of quick-relief meds and controlled meds.
2010 Asthma Capitals
2. St. Louis
Source: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America