Knoxville's High Allergy Rating Falls

Knoxville's still on the Top 10 list for fall—sadly, it's allergies, not football. And while we did descend from 2008's No. 6 ranking according to the list of "fall allergy" capitals selected by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Knoxville still ranks #9. Here's the scoop:

Cities are ranked based on four factors: prevalence data, seasonal pollen, allergy medicine use per patient, and the number of board-certified allergists per patient.

Knoxville's rank in 2008: 6

Knoxville's rank in 2009: 9

Pollen score: better than average

Medicine usage: worse than average

Access to allergy specialists: average

Total Score: 90.81

The rest of the Top 10:

1. McAllen, Tx.

2. Wichita, Kan.

3. Louisville, Ky.

4. Oklahoma City

5. Jackson, Miss.

6. Dayton, Ohio

7. Augusta, Ga.

8. Tulsa, Okla.

9. Knoxville

10. Little Rock, Ark.

Source: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America