America’s 15 Most Accessible Cities

These cities are the easiest to navigate for people in wheelchairs or with mobility challenges.

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March 15, 2024, 7:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

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In an article for Yahoo Finance, Laiba Immad compiles a list of the 15 most wheelchair-accessible cities in the United States. “From comprehensive infrastructure improvements to inclusive public transportation systems, these cities prioritize accessibility to enhance the quality of life for all residents and visitors.”

According to the article, “around 3.6 million individuals over the age of 15 use a wheelchair in the US.”

Orlando, Florida comes in at number one, in part because of high accessibility levels at its theme parks. “Additionally, Orlando boasts a robust healthcare system and an accessible bus system called Lynx, contributing to its disability-friendly reputation. The city’s warm climate and comprehensive healthcare facilities further enhance accessibility for individuals with disabilities.” Seattle, Chicago, Albuquerque, and New Orleans round out the top five.

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