Ranking Names Nation’s Most Disability-Friendly Cities
A new ranking is evaluating the best places to live for people with disabilities by factoring everything from affordability to access to support services.
Topping the list are South Burlington, Vt., Scottsdale, Ariz., St. Louis, Minneapolis and San Francisco.
The results are based on an analysis of 182 of the nation’s most-populated cities conducted by the personal-finance website WalletHub.
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Locales were evaluated using 33 different measures of disability friendliness in three broad categories — economy, quality of life and health care. Some factors like the employment rate for people with disabilities and the effectiveness of the state’s Medicaid programs were given extra weight.
The research relied on a mix of government data, information from nonprofits and sources like Yelp and the real-estate website Redfin, WalletHub said.
Last place on the list went to Providence, R.I. Other poorly-ranked cities include Bridgeport, Conn., Winston-Salem, N.C., New Haven, Conn. and Gulfport, Miss.