Austin’s latest ranking: We’re no. 58! We’re no. 58! (in allergies)

Austin styles itself the allergy capital of the world, and with cedar fever, something to be allergic to nearly year-round and the city’s frequent appearances near the top of top-10 lists, it’s an understandable assumption.

But this spring Austin has ceded the title, according to the Asthma and Allergy Association of America. The association recently released its “Spring Allergy Capitals” ranking. And Austin (for once) is pretty far down the list, finishing 58th, between New Haven, Conn. and Scranton, Pa.

The spring allergy capital, according to the association, Jackson, Miss., with Memphis just behind. Opinions may differ about whether San Antonio is winning the taco war against Austin — the mayors have declared a cease-fire but hostilities are still simmering — but allergy association list suggests the Alamo City is winning the allergy rankings, finishing 21st.

Most lists rank cities’ allergy problems for spring or fall. But takes Austin’s cedar season into account and consistently places Austin in the top 10. Because cedar season sucks.

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