Advising The Disability Risk

The Demographics of Disability

2018’s Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities

New research from the personal-financial website wallethub.com

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

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.

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.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit here.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a phone, Skype or in-studio interview with one of our experts. Feel free to embed this YouTube video summarizing the study on your website. You can also use or edit these raw files as you see fit. Full data sets for specific cities are also available upon request.