Best US Cities for Wheeled Mobility Device Users

Most Livable US Cities for Wheelchair Users

Author: Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Published: Jul 26, 2010 (Revised: Jul 26, 2010)

Abstract: Seattle, Denver, Chicago Among Top 20 Most Livable U.S. Cities for Wheelchair Users.

Detail: Seattle, Denver, Chicago Among Top 20 Most Livable U.S. Cities for Wheelchair Users – Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Rates Cities to Commemorate 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Denver and Chicago are some of America’s Top 20 most livable cities for people living with paralysis, rated by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The Reeve Foundation commissioned the list in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA was passed by Congress on July 26, 1990, to protect against discrimination based on disability.

The Top 20 Most Livable Cities represent several regions of the country and highlight those communities that provide the best combination of health and livability-related factors, which enable a disabled person to live a fuller, longer life. Health factors include clean air, Medicaid eligibility and spending, access to physicians and rehabilitation facilities. Livability factors include access to fitness facilities and recreation, access to paratransit and the percentage of people living with disabilities who are employed. The city’s age and climate are also taken into account. Find out more details at

“Our Top 20 list highlights the great work taking place across the country to help Americans living with paralysis live their lives to the fullest, thanks, in large part to the passage of the ADA,” said Peter Wilderotter, President and CEO. “However, there is still so much more we can do as a nation to improve the quality of life for the tens of millions of Americans living with a disability.”

The cities named are as follows, in ranked order:

1. Seattle, Wash.
2. Albuquerque, N.M.
3. Reno, Nev.
4. Denver, Colo.
5. Portland, Ore.
6. Chicago, Ill.
7. Birmingham, Ala.
8. Winston-Salem, N.C.
9. Orlando, Fla.
10. Lubbock, Texas
11. Miami, Fla.
12. Tampa, Fla.
13. Durham, N.C.
14. Fort Worth, Texas
15. Virginia Beach, Va.
16. Arlington, Texas
17. Baltimore, Md.
18. New Orleans, La.
19. Arlington, Va.
20. Atlanta, Ga.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. For more information, visit

This article has 6 comments

  1. I had no idea that the cities listed above would be the top 20 livable cities for people with paralysis. I was honestly pretty shocked when i read the list. I find it heart breaking that more cities cannot be more livable for people with disabilities. They should be able to live their lives to the fullest no matter where they live, with fewer obstacles in their way.

  2. This is another helpful resource to read and spur on action to create more accessible communities. Is your state/town on the list?

  3. This list of best cities for wheeled devices is very interesting to me. It a good source for individuals who use mobility devices who are considering moving. Although this is interesting to me, it is also alarming. As a Michigan resident, it is disappointing to me that none of our cities make the cut. Any city not on this list should improve their cities to make it easier on individuals with a disability.

  4. This post is perfect for anyone who is looking for a community to live in that will successfully fill their needs when it comes to accessibility. They will know which cities will be best for them to live in. It also raises awareness for those cities and states that did not make the cut.

  5. Second time I found your site on Google. Great stuff.

  6. I enjoy the formatting of one’s post. The headers and bold text make it an easy read.

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