The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has released the 2018 Asthma Capitals™ report. This report ranks the top 100 cities in the U.S. where it’s challenging to live with asthma. Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is a division of AAFA.
More than 25 million people Americans have asthma. And where you live can make it harder to manage. This report highlights the factors in cities across the country that can impact asthma rates.
We ranked each city based on these asthma outcomes:
- Asthma prevalence (or occurrence)
- Asthma-related emergency room visits
- Asthma-related deaths
Springfield, Massachusetts, is our #1 Asthma Capital for 2018. It has a high asthma rate overall. It also has the highest number of asthma-related emergency room visits in the U.S.
Here are the top 20 Asthma Capitals:
- Springfield, Massachusetts
- Richmond, Virginia
- Dayton, Ohio
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Louisville, Kentucky
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- Youngstown, Ohio
- Birmingham, Alabama
- Greensboro, North Carolina
- Toledo, Ohio
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Worcester, Massachusetts*
- Omaha, Nebraska*
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Cleveland, Ohio
- Detroit, Michigan
- Winston-Salem, North Carolina
- Akron, Ohio
- Hartford, Connecticut
- New York, New York
This year’s report also revealed two “Asthma Belts.” One is in the Ohio-Lake Erie area. The other is on the Northeastern Mid-Atlantic coast. In our report, we look at factors that affect residents in these belts, like poverty, air quality and pollen.
“Warmer temperatures from climate change are increasing ground-level ozone levels, especially in more urban, industrialized areas,” says Kenneth Mendez, President and CEO of AAFA. “This, combined with a lack of policies to protect those with asthma living in poorly maintained rental housing and inadequate health care, creates a perfect storm of asthma prevalence. We’ve seen ways communities can make changes to help asthma patients. This report shows us where we can focus to provide solutions to improve the health and quality of life in urban areas for asthma patients.”
Ten people die every day from asthma. The 2018 Asthma Capitals™ report shows how important it is to improve these communities to make life better for those with asthma.
Learn More About the Report
The Asthma Capitals™ ranking is an annual research and educational project of AAFA, designed to help patients recognize, prevent and manage asthma symptoms. Through this ranking, AAFA raises awareness about the impact of asthma and highlights how communities can make improvements to better serve their residents and visitors with asthma. The ranking is based on asthma prevalence, emergency room visits and mortality rates. The report also looks at risk factors, including poverty, air quality and access to specialists. Visit AsthmaCapitals.com to see the full list of 100 cities, methodology and to learn more about asthma management.
The 2018 Asthma Capitals report is an independent research project of AAFA made possible by Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron.