Special Report

The 25 Worst Cities for People With Spring Allergies

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5. McAllen, Texas
> Score: 87.5 (Avg: 65.50)
> Rank in spring of 2019: 1stworst city
> PM2.5 pollution 24-hr average: 120 µg/m3 (EPA’s standard is 35 µg/m3)
> Population: 849,389

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4. Hartford, Connecticut
> Score: 90.1 (Avg: 65.50)
> Rank in spring of 2019: 22th worst city
> PM2.5 pollution 24-hr average: 39 µg/m3 (EPA’s standard is 35 µg/m3)
> Population: 1,209,367

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3. Springfield, Massachusetts
> Score: 90.5 (Avg: 65.50)
> Rank in spring of 2019: 5th worst city
> PM2.5 pollution 24-hr average: 70 µg/m3 (EPA’s standard is 35 µg/m3)
> Population: 630,275

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2. Scranton, Pennsylvania
> Score: 98.5 (Avg: 65.50)
> Rank in spring of 2019: 8th worst city
> PM2.5 pollution 24-hr average: 15 µg/m3 (EPA’s standard is 35 µg/m3)
> Population: 556,926

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1. Richmond, Virginia
> Score: 100.0 (Avg: 65.50)
> Rank in spring of 2019: 10th worst city
> PM2.5 pollution 24-hr average: 68 µg/m3 (EPA’s standard is 35 µg/m3)
> Population: 1,281,530