INDIANAPOLIS - Allergy sufferers, it's not your imagination -- Indianapolis is one of the worst cities in the country for spring allergies, according to a new study.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranks the Circle City 59th out of the 100 largest cities in its annual Spring Allergy Capitals report .
That marks a jump of 20 spots for Indianapolis from last year's 79th ranking.
The report lists Indy's pollen score as worse than average, while medicine utilization per patient and allergists per patient are both ranked as average.
Indianapolis is relatively good compared with other Midwestern cities, with Dayton, Ohio, ranked seventh nationally, Madison, Wis., at 12th and Grand Rapids, Mich., listed at 17th.
Nationally, the top five worst cities for allergy sufferers are Jackson, Miss.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; McAllen, Texas; and Louisville, Ky.