With October being National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the average monthly Social Security disability benefit at only $1,151.79, barely enough to keep an individual out of poverty, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2021’s Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary
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 34 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. Huntsville, AL|
|2. Scottsdale, AZ||174. Montgomery, AL|
|3. St. Louis, MO||175. Jackson, MS|
|4. Minneapolis, MN||176. Winston-Salem, NC|
|5. Denver, CO||177. Mobile, AL|
|6. Rochester, NY||178. Tallahassee, FL|
|7. Yonkers, NY||179. New Haven, CT|
|8. Huntington Beach, CA||180. Bridgeport, CT|
|9. San Francisco, CA||181. Providence, RI|
|10. Tucson, AZ||182. Gulfport, MS|
Best vs. Worst
- Cleveland, Ohio, and Fort Smith, Arkansas, have the highest share of people with disabilities living in the area, 20 percent, which is 3.6 times higher than in Irvine, California, the city with the lowest at 5.60 percent.
- Overland Park, Kansas, has the lowest share of people with disabilities living in poverty, 8.70 percent, which is 5.2 times lower than in Rochester, New York, the city with the highest at 44.90 percent.
- El Paso and Brownsville, Texas, have the lowest median annual cost of in-home services, $34,320, which is 2.3 times lower than in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, the cities with the highest at $80,034.
- Pearl City, Hawaii, has the highest median annual earnings for people with disabilities, $40,321, which is 4.7 times higher than in Burlington, Vermont, the city with the lowest at $8,522.
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