2018’s Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities – WalletHub Study

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With October being National Disability Employment Awareness Month and  the average monthly Social Security disability benefit at only $1,065.73, barely enough to keep an individual out of poverty, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’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 31 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 Overland Park, KS 173 Worcester, MA
2 South Burlington, VT 174 Huntsville, AL
3 Sioux Falls, SD 175 North Las Vegas, NV
4 Scottsdale, AZ 176 San Bernardino, CA
5 Columbia, MD 177 Brownsville, TX
6 San Francisco, CA 178 Gulfport, MS
7 Rapid City, SD 179 Bridgeport, CT
8 St. Louis, MO 180 Winston-Salem, NC
9 Bismarck, ND 181 Providence, RI
10 Grand Rapids, MI 182 New Haven, CT

Best vs. Worst

    • Huntington, West Virginia, has the highest share of people with disabilities living in the area, 20.7 percent, which is 3.7 times higher than in Irvine, California, the city with the lowest at 5.6 percent.
    • Pearl, Hawaii, has the lowest share of people with disabilities living in poverty, 8.40 percent, which is 5.2 times lower than in Rochester, New York, the city with the highest at 44.01 percent.
    • Laredo, Texas, has the lowest median annual cost of in-home services, $33,176, which is 2.3 times lower than in San Francisco, Oakland, and Fremont, California, the cities with the highest at $76,648.
    • South Burlington, Vermont, has the highest median annual earnings for people with disabilities, $34,639, which is 4.5 times higher than in Burlington, Vermont, the city with the lowest at $7,651.
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