Cities Named Most Disability-Friendly
A new analysis is ranking the nation’s most populated cities based on how desirable they are for people with disabilities.
Overland Park, Kan. is number one on the list followed by Scottsdale, Ariz. and Lincoln, Neb. Two other Arizona cities — Gilbert and Peoria — round out the top five.
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.
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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.
Extra consideration was given to workforce participation and pay for individuals with disabilities in each city as well as the number of people within this population living in poverty.
One factor that significantly boosted Overland Park’s standing: the city had the highest median earnings for people with disabilities at $46,345, WalletHub said.
Coming in at the bottom of the list are Worcester, Mass., Anchorage, Alaska and Providence, R.I.