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LA among worst cities for people with disabilities, report says

How well do you think L.A. is doing for citizens with disabilities?
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How well do you think L.A. is doing for citizens with disabilities?

Los Angeles is among the worst cities in the U.S. for people with disabilities, according to a new report from the personal finance social network WalletHub.

Launched in February 2012, WalletHub aims to help consumers and small business owners to make better financial decisions by providing them with information and tools, including one to search and compare financial companies, products and professionals.

Aiming to ease the process of finding the best place to live for the disabled, WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 150 of the most populated U.S. cities across 23 key metrics, ranging from the number of physicians per capita to the rate of employed people with disabilities to park accessibility.

Below are 2014's top 10 worst and best cities for people with disabilities to live in, according to the study. View the full list of 150 cities and more information about where they got the numbers on WalletHub

Worst cities for people with disabilities

Overall Rank City Economic Environment Rank Quality of Life Rank Health Care Accessibility & Quality Rank
141 Chicago, IL 119 104 128
142 Los Angeles, CA 131 46 137
143 Reno, NV 44 110 148
144 Fort Lauderdale, FL 109 133 134
145 Jackson, MS 65 137 146
146 Hialeah, FL 93 142 141
147 Las Vegas, NV 84 38 150
148 Miami, FL 134 81 142
149 North Las Vegas, NV 75 102 149
150 Providence, RI 150 146 108

Best cities for people with disabilities

Overall Rank City Economic Environment Rank Quality of Life Rank Health Care Accessibility & Quality Rank
1 Overland Park, KS 1 65 2
2 Peoria, AZ 10 5 25
3 Scottsdale, AZ 23 44 9
4 Lubbock, TX 14 45 31
5 Chandler, AZ 12 56 19
6 Amarillo, TX 7 117 26
7 Gilbert Town, AZ 9 84 17
8 Tampa, FL 20 4 68
9 Chesapeake, VA 5 111 20
10 Huntsville, AL 14 52 43

Map of nationwide ranking

23 metrics considered in the study 

Economic Environment

  • Housing Affordability
  • Adjusted Cost of Living
  • Employment Rate Among People with Disabilities
  • Percentage of Population with Disabilities below Poverty Level
  • Doctor Visit Cost
  • Job Openings for People with Disabilities per Capita
  • Average Per-Person Health Insurance Premium
  • Annual Cost of In-Home Services
  • Median Earnings for People with Disabilities
  • Average Hospital Costs Ranking

Quality of Life

  • Percentage of Persons with Disabilities Living in the Area
  • Number of Special Education Teachers per People with Disabilities
  • Number of Hotels with Wheelchair Access per Capita (used as a proxy for restaurants with wheelchair access)
  • Percentage of City Population with Walkable Park Access
  • Walkability
  • Effectiveness of State Medicaid Programs (annual ranking of how well state Medicaid programs serve Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD))
  • Average Age of Buildings (old building are harder to make accessible)
  • Weather Ranking

Health Care Accessibility and Quality 

  • Number of Physicians per Capita
  • Best States for Nurses Ranking (a WalletHub report)
  • Public Hospital System Ranking
  • Number of Public Hospitals per Capita
  • Percentage of Uninsured People

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