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Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities

9 November 2015 No Comment


Courtesy of WalletHub

When searching for a new city to call home, most people share a common list of priorities — affordability, jobs, schools and attractions among them. But people with disabilities often have a larger list of considerations. Factors such as the accessibility of various facilities, the quality of health care and even the cleanliness of the air can take precedence over others. The availability of such elements allows them to play an important role in the community and make significant contributions to the economy.

In the U.S., people with disabilities bring valuable skill sets to the workplace that build upon the strength and diversity of the American labor market. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly five million people with disabilities were employed in 2014. However, the unemployment rate for those with a disability continues to be almost double the rate for persons without one.

To help ease the process of finding a new place to call home while managing a disability, WalletHub compared the 150 most populated cities across 21 key metrics, ranging from the number of physicians per capita to the rate of employed people with disabilities to park accessibility.

Best Cities for People with Disabilities
1 Overland Park, KS
2 Scottsdale, AZ
3 Peoria, AZ
4 Tampa, FL
5 St. Petersburg, FL
6 Huntington Beach, CA
7 Oklahoma City, OK
8 Gilbert, AZ
9 Honolulu, HI
10 Santa Clarita, CA

Worst Cities for People with Disabilities
141 Rochester, NY
142 Birmingham, AL
143 Newark, NJ
144 Winston-Salem, NC
145 Stockton, CA
146 Worcester, MA
147 Moreno Valley, CA
148 San Bernardino, CA
149 Jersey City, NJ
150 Providence, RI

Source: WalletHub

By: Contributing Author

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