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Best, Worst Cities for People With Disabilities Based on Health, Cost, and Lifestyle

Laura Joszt
Having a disability is not only a physical burden that can impair a personís ability to run errands, such as going to the doctorís office, but it is a cause of financial difficulty due to issues including unemployment and the cost of care.
In the United States, 1 in 5 adults are living with a disability, the most common of which is a mobility limitation, according to data from the CDC. Having a disability is not only a physical burden that can impair a person’s ability to run errands, such as going to the doctor’s office, but it is a cause of financial difficulty due to issues that can include unemployment and the cost of care.
 
Recently, WalletHub analyzed the best and worst cities for people with disabilities. It compared the 150 most populated cities on 3 key dimensions: economy, quality of life, and healthcare. The categories were graded using 25 relevant metrics, graded on a 100-point scale. A grade of 100 indicated the best conditions.
 
Metrics that were considered under healthcare included:
  • Cost of a doctor visit
  • Average per-person health insurance premium
  • Number of family doctors and general practitioners per capita
  • Quality of public hospital system
  • Percentage of uninsured population
 
“Many of the positive outcomes for people with disabilities in local communities are determined by the state policies,” Carol Britton Laws, director for the Institute on Human Development and Disability at the University of Georgia, told WalletHub.
 
Below, find the 5 best and 5 worst cities and how they received their ratings.
 
Best
Arizona was close to a clean sweep of the top 5 spots, but instead, it has to share with 2 states located in the Midwest.
 
5. Peoria, Arizona
Getting care must be a lot easier in a city like Peoria, which has one of the lowest percentages of persons with disabilities living below poverty level. The city ranked sixth for economy and it had a lower unemployment rate than nearby Phoenix.
 
Peoria also came in at 36th for healthcare and ranked 47th for quality of life, which takes into account things like the percentage of persons with disabilities living in the area, number of wheelchair-accessible restaurants per 1000 residents, and weather.
 


 
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