I have been suffering with seasonal allergies for as long as I can remember. While I dreamed of spring during the cold winter months, it undoubtedly would mean both warmer weather and watery, itchy eyes. Unfortunately, my little boy has them too. That means we both have to pop antihistamines all season long so we can get through the day without rubbing our noses raw. But I was amazed to learn there are places where allergies are virtually non-existent. Places where the only stuffy noses occur during a bad cold. Places where the sight of a field of flowers doesn't simultaneously evoke a smile and a sneeze. If only I had known before settling down in NYC! Take a look at the best places to live if you have allergies.
- San Francisco: Being located on a bay and its moderate temps help keep the pollen count and other pesky allergens low.
- Albany, New York: While Manhattan may be full of pollutants and allergens that irritate your nose, the state's capital has great air quality.
- Telluride, Colorado: Since dust mites can't live above 2,500 feet, you won't find any here at 8,700 feet.
- Coronado Island, California: On this tiny island near San Diego, the ocean breeze pushes the pollen out of the sky.
- Miami: Being on Florida's breezy coast makes it the perfect place.
- Lake Tahoe, Nevada: The high elevation is the secret to making this spot a haven for allergy sufferers.
- Park City Utah: The Sundance Film Festival isn't the only draw. The brisk air keeps pollen under control and dust mites can't even live at high elevations.
- Seattle: This may not be the sunniest spot, but being sneeze-free more than makes up for it.
- San Diego: Cities on the water, especially those that aren't humid, are always a great option for people with allergies.
- Albuquerque, N.M.: The dry air and high elevation helps with dust and mold allergies.
- Portland, Maine: That fresh ocean air is virtually allergen free.
- Sunset Beach, Hawaii: As if you needed another reason to want to live on an always sunny island! This particular area is mostly white sandy beaches -- free of trees and grass.
What other places are good for allergy sufferers to live?
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