2016 Best & Worst Cities for People With Disabilities

A new analysis is ranking the nation’s most populated cities based on how desirable they are for people with disabilities.  The listing comes from the personal finance website WalletHub, which assessed 25 factors ranging from availability of doctors to employment rates and park accessibility, in order to compile the ranking of 150 locales across the country.

WalletHub said its ranking is designed to “determine the most disability-friendly locations in America” by looking at a cross-section of economic factors, quality of life issues and access to health care for those with disabilities. WalletHub said it examined each city across 25 key metrics, ranging from “number of physicians per capita” to “rate of employed people with disabilities” to “park accessibility.”  Extra consideration was given to pay for individuals with disabilities in each city as well as the number of people within this population living in poverty.

Huntington Beach and Irvine were the only California cities to crack the top ten.  Modesto, Sacramento, Bakersfield and Santa Clarita, were California cities that ranked 13, 14, 15 and 16, respectively. San Francisco ranked 26, while Oakland ranked 110. San Jose  came in at 57.  Click here for the full ranking.

Sources for the article:  “Cities Named Most Disability-Friendly” by Shaun Heasley,  October 12, 2016, Disability Scoop2016’s Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities by Richie Bernardo,  Sep 27, 2016 WalletHub