Calif. Cities Rank Among Best, Worst for Individuals With Disabilities
Two California cities -- Huntington Beach and Santa Clarita -- rank among the best cities in the U.S. for individuals with disabilities, according to a new report from WalletHub, Inland News Today reports (Inland News Today, 9/30).
Details of Report
For the report, WalletHub examined 150 cities across the U.S. -- including 29 in California (Bernardo, WalletHub report, 9/30).
The researchers analyzed the cities on 21 key metrics in three categories:
- Economic environment;
- Health care; and
- Quality of life (Inland News Today, 9/30).
Under health care, the cities were ranked on:
- Cost of doctor visits;
- Average per-person premiums for health insurance;
- Number of family doctors and general practitioners per capita;
- Number of hospitals per capita;
- Percentage of uninsured individuals;
- Quality of public hospital systems; and
- Other factors.
According to the report, five California cities ranked among the top 15 cities in the U.S. for individuals with disabilities:
- Huntington Beach, which ranked sixth;
- Santa Clarita, which ranked 10th;
- Modesto, which ranked 11th;
- San Jose, which ranked 13th; and
- Rancho Cucamonga, which tied for 15th.
However, three California cities ranked among the worst places for individuals with disabilities:
- Stockton, which ranked 145th;
- Moreno Valley, which ranked 147th; and
- San Bernardino, which ranked 148th.
The report also found that Fremont, Oakland and San Francisco tied for the highest annual costs of in-home care services.
Meanwhile, three California cities ranked among the top five for highest employment rates for individuals with disabilities:
- Fremont, which ranked second;
- Huntington Beach, which ranked third; and
- Oceanside, which ranked fourth.
However, Stockton had one of the lowest employment rates for such individuals, ranking 149th.
In addition, Irvine had the lowest percentage of individuals with disabilities.
Meanwhile, Santa Clarita ranked 2nd for lowest percentage of individuals with disabilities living below the federal poverty level (WalletHub report, 9/30).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.