October is Disability Awareness Month

2015’s Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities

Not surprisingly, disability impacts family priorities, choice of locations

With October being Disability Employment Awareness Month and the unemployment rate for persons with a disability continuing to be almost double the rate for persons without a disability, the personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Best and Worst Cities for Americans with Disabilities.

When searching for a new city to call home, most people share a common list of priorities — affordability, jobs, schools and attractions among them. But people with disabilities often have a larger list of considerations. Factors such as the accessibility of various facilities, the quality of health care and even the cleanliness of the air can take precedence over others. The availability of such elements allows them to play an important role in the community and make significant contributions to the economy.

Valuable skill-sets build upon strength & diversity of labor market

In the U.S., people with disabilities bring valuable skill sets to the workplace that build upon the strength and diversity of the American labor market. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly five million people with disabilities were employed in 2014. However, the unemployment rate for those with a disability continues to be almost double the rate for persons without one.

To help ease the process of finding a new place to call home while managing a disability, WalletHub compared the 150 most populated cities across 21 key metrics, ranging from the number of physicians per capita to the rate of employed people with disabilities to park accessibility. Our findings, additional expert commentary and a detailed methodology can be found below.

the unemployment rate for those with a disability continues to be almost double the rate for persons without one

In order to ease the process of finding the best place to live while managing a disability, WalletHub compared the 150 most populated U.S. cities across 21 key metrics. They range from the number of physicians per capita to the rate of employed people with disabilities:

Best Cities                                                         Worst Cities 
1 Overland Park, KS                                                 141 Rochester, NY
2 Scottsdale, AZ                                                        142 Birmingham, AL
3 Peoria, AZ                                                              143 Newark, NJ
4 Tampa, FL                                                              144 Winston-Salem, NC
5 St. Petersburg, FL                                                  145 Stockton, CA
6 Huntington Beach, CA                                           146 Worcester, MA
7 Oklahoma City, OK                                                147 Moreno Valley, CA
8 Gilbert, AZ                                                               148 San Bernardino, CA
9 Honolulu, HI                                                            149 Jersey City, NJ
10 Santa Clarita, CA                                                  150 Providence, RI

Key Stats

The employment rate of people with disabilities in Amarillo, Texas is twice as high as in Pembroke Pines, Fla.

The percentage of the population with disabilities living below poverty level in Cleveland is five times as high as in Overland Park, Kan.

The cost of a doctor visit in Milwaukee is three times as high as in Jacksonville, Fla.

The annual cost of in-home services in San Francisco is twice as high as in Brownsville, Texas.

The percentage of persons with disabilities living in Cleveland is four times as high as in Irvine, Calif.

The percentage of the population with walkable park access in San Francisco is four times as high as in Charlotte, N.C.

For the full report and to see where your city ranks, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-cities-for-people-with-disabilities/7164/