5 Safest Cities for Allergy Sufferers
BOSTON ( MainStreet) -- Relocating to one of the communities on a new list of "America's Least Congested Cities" could be a real breath of fresh air for consumers who suffer from allergies or other breathing problems.
"I've been told stories of peoples' lives being infinitely changed for the better
Sperling analyzed the 50 largest U.S. cities for roughly a dozen congestion-producing factors, from ragweed and ozone levels to wind speed and other climate conditions that spread allergens.
Here's a rundown of the five communities the study found have the least problems with congestion -- along with a look at each city's local economy and housing market.
Home values listed below reflect asking prices on Realtor.com, the National Association of Realtors' official property-listing site. Price ranges refer to all houses, condos and townhouses listed on the site inside a given city and within about 20 miles of its borders.
Fifth-best city: Seattle
Median list price: $299,950
You'd think a place with so much greenery that it's nicknamed the "Emerald City" would have lots of pollen and mold, but it doesn't.
"Seattle had the lowest overall level
Boeing(BA) also long called Seattle home, but moved to Chicago last year. The aerospace giant still makes a range of jets at two Seattle-area factories, though.
The 3.4-million-person metro area also hosts the busy port of Seattle, as well as the 42,000-student University of Washington and several smaller schools.
Fourth-best city: Boston
Median list price: $319,900
The capital of Massachusetts has a low incidence of ozone and flu and slightly below-average pollen.
Sperling says those factors offset above-average levels of smoking and "a climate that can lead to respiratory issues."
In terms of the economy, Beantown hosts several well-known financial, tech and biotech firms, from State Street (STT) to Boston Scientific (BSX) . The 4.5-million population metro area is also home to Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other leading schools.
As for housing, there are some 12,100 Greater Boston properties listed for sale on Realtor.com. Prices range from $22,900 for a two-bedroom fixer-upper condo in the city of Lowell to $18.8 million for a 13.5-acre estate in the wealthy enclave of Weston.