Stockton’s latest dubious ranking comes courtesy the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. In a new report, the foundation pegs the Stockton metro area as the 24th most “challenging” U.S. city for residents with asthma.
That’s considerably worse than last year’s No. 40 ranking.
The new report considers Stockton the third-worst city for asthmatics in California, behind Fresno (No. 7) and Bakersfield (No. 17).
According to the foundation, Stockton scored poorly in part because of a high asthma death rate, a high number of asthma ER visits, poor air quality, a high poverty rate, a high number of uninsured residents and an overall lack of specialists.