Study examines the best and worst cities for people with disabilities

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In observance of Disability Awareness Month, WalletHub has released a new study, ranking the nation’s 150 largest cities on the basis of which has the most “suitable conditions for people with disabilities.”

The study measured each city using 23 key metrics, which can be divided into three main categories. First, the study examined each city’s economic environment, including housing affordability, cost of living and employment rate for people with disabilities, among other factors. Second, the study looked at the quality of life the city offers, which includes everything from the cities’ walkability and park accessibility to the number of special education teachers. Third, the study analyzed each city’s health care quality and accessibility.

Topping the list was Overland Park, Kansas, due to its high ratings both for economic environment and health care access and quality. Also in the top five are Lubbock, Texas and Peoria, Scottsdale and Chandler, Arizona.

At the bottom lies Providence, Rhode Island, which ranked dead last for economic environment and almost as low for quality of life. Miami and Hialeah, Florida, and Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, all of which scored particularly low for health care access, rounded out the bottom five.

While the top third of the ranking mostly consist of mid-sized cities, a few major cities received high acclaim. Tampa Bay, Florida was ranked the eighth most suitable city, thanks in part to its high quality of life ranking. Baltimore was ranked fourteenth due its high marks for health care access and quality.

However, most of nation’s largest cities, such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, fell in the bottom third, which was most prominently the result of difficult economic environments.

The complete report can be viewed here.

One response to “Study examines the best and worst cities for people with disabilities

  1. It’s not just that NYC has a harsh economic environment and a high cost of living. It’s also much less accessible than people think, and the medical care, for all its vaunted reputation, is actually pretty bad, with a lot of doctors looking at their work as “just another job.” Also, the cutthroat competitiveness tends to breed ableism. You can’t work or exercise? Too damn bad, and somehow it must be your fault. And last but not least, if you don’t have the physical energy or capability to get to Manhattan from one of its more affordable boroughs and roam all around the island for the better part of a day without becoming completely exhausted, then unfortunately there is not that much to do. A lot of the “fun stuff” in NYC requires you to be able-bodied in some way.

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