Allergy-Proof Your Life

10 Best Big Cities for People With Asthma

In this slideshow we take a look at the 10 best big cities to live in if you have asthma, as ranked by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Is your city on the list?

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10. Boise, Idaho

 • Population: 587,689
 • 2008 rank: 11

The estimated asthma rate of this city is higher than the national average, but Boise received good marks for its air quality and low poverty rate.

Poverty is an important asthma risk factor. Although the relationship between poverty and asthma is a very complicated one, people living in poverty are believed to be more vulnerable to asthma in part because they tend to be more exposed to allergens, airborne irritants (such as traffic exhaust), and emotional stress.

Next: 9. Portland, Maine

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