By Natalie Wise
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has released its 2013 list of Most Challenging Cities in America to Live with Asthma that ranks 100 of the largest metro areas in the country according to several factors. The cities are ranked based on prevalence factors, risk factors and medical factors.
The Cleveland metro area ranks at No. 18 of the Most Challenging Cities to Live with Asthma. This is a spike in the rankings, up from No. 28 in 2012.
The risk factors ranked are listed below, followed by the score for the Cleveland metro area. There are three possible scores: Worse Than Average, Average and Above Average. The factors are not evenly weighted.
• Estimated Asthma Prevalence: Worse Than Average
• Self-Reported Asthma Prevalence: Worse Than Average
• Crude Death Rate for Asthma: Average
• Annual Pollen Score: Worse Than Average
• Air Quality: Worse Than Average
• “100 Percent” Public Smoke-Free Laws: Above Average
• Poverty Line: Average
• Uninsured Rate: Average
• School Inhaler Access Rate: Above Average
• ER Visits for Asthma: Worse Than Average
• Use of Quick Relief Medications: Worse Than Average
• Use of Control Medications: Average
• Number of Specialists: Above Average
This gave Cleveland a score of 83.79 out of 100, with a score of 100 denoting being the worst city in America to live with asthma. For 2013, this No. 1 Most Challenging City to Live With Asthma is Richmond, Va. The best city on the list was San Francisco, ranked at No. 100.
Other cities on the list include a relatively easy place to live with asthma, the Mile High City of Denver at No. 84, and the more challenging Midwestern city of Dayton, Ohio, at No. 7. The city right in the middle of the list as a moderately challenging city to live in, is Greensboro, N.C., at No. 50.