The following study was published by WalletHub, and is reprinted with permission:
With October being National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the average monthly Social Security disability benefit at only $1,103.68, barely enough to keep an individual out of poverty, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities as well as accompanying videos.
In order to ease the process of finding the best place to live while managing a disability, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 33 key indicators of disability-friendliness. The data set ranges from wheelchair-accessible facilities per capita to rate of workers with disabilities to quality of public hospital system.
|Best Cities for People with Disabilities||Worst Cities for People with Disabilities|
|1||South Burlington, VT||173||Juneau, AK|
|2||Scottsdale, AZ||174||Birmingham, AL|
|3||St. Louis, MO||175||Norfolk, VA|
|4||Minneapolis, MN||176||Mobile, AL|
|5||San Francisco, CA||177||Huntsville, AL|
|6||Overland Park, KS||178||Gulfport, MS|
|7||Denver, CO||179||New Haven, CT|
|8||Grand Rapids, MI||180||Winston-Salem, NC|
|9||St. Paul, MN||181||Bridgeport, CT|
|10||Columbia, MD||182||Providence, RI|
Best vs. Worst
- Huntington, West Virginia, has the highest share of people with disabilities living in the area, 20.90 percent, which is 3.6 times higher than in Irvine, California, the city with the lowest at 5.80 percent.
- Pearl City, Hawaii, has the lowest share of people with disabilities living in poverty, 7.31 percent, which is 6.2 times lower than in Rochester, New York, the city with the highest at 45.32 percent.
- Laredo, Texas; Brownsville, Texas; Montgomery, Alabama & Shreveport, Louisiana have the lowest median annual cost of in-home services, $34,320, which is 2.1 times lower than in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, the cities with the highest at $73,102.
- Laredo, Texas, has the lowest cost of a doctor visit, $58, which is 3.4 times lower than in Juneau, Alaska the city with the highest, $196.
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