Ranking Names Most Disability-Friendly Cities
A new analysis is comparing everything from cost of living to health care and the effectiveness of state Medicaid programs to determine the best places for people with disabilities to live.
Scottsdale, Ariz. bested more than 180 other American cities in the ranking released recently by the personal-finance website WalletHub. Other cities at the top of the list include Denver, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Virginia Beach, Va.
Cities were assessed for disability friendliness using 33 metrics across three main categories — economy, quality of life and health care.
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The ranking factored housing affordability, the employment rate for people with disabilities, the cost of in-home care, wheelchair accessibility and the availability of special educators, home health aides and doctors, among other considerations.
WalletHub indicated that it collected government data, information from disability nonprofits and other sources to compile the list, which included the nation’s 150 most populous cities and two of the largest cities in each state.
At the bottom of the ranking is Gulfport, Miss. as well as Juneau, Alaska; Jackson, Miss.; Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Anchorage, Alaska.
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