Best- & Worst-Run Cities in America


What are the best- and worst-run cities in America?  That might vary upon who you’re talking to and what their most recent experience was with the local building department.  However, WalletHub recently compared the operating efficiency of 150 of the largest cities in America to find which among them are managed the best.  To get their list, they looked at 35 metrics that were grouped into six service categories, which were then measured against the city’s per-capita budget.  Their list is pretty interesting and when you look at the chart it is a little surprising – especially when a city can be low on the quality but be high on the fiscal side.  Indeed…

“…how do we measure the effectiveness of local leadership? One way is by determining a city’s operating efficiency. In other words, we can learn how well city officials manage and spend public funds by comparing the quality of services residents receive against the city’s total budget.”

Source: WalletHub

The top 10 best-run cities:

  1. Nampa, ID
  2. Provo, UT
  3. Boise, ID
  4. Lexington, KY
  5. Missoula, MT
  6. Sioux Falls, SD
  7. Durham, NC
  8. Lewiston, ME
  9. Nashua, NH
  10. Oklahoma City, OK

The top 10 worst-run cities (#1=is ranked 150, etc):

  1. Washington, DC
  2. Detroit, MI
  3. New York, NY
  4. San Francisco, CA
  5. Gulfport, MS
  6. Oakland, CA
  7. Chattanooga, TN
  8. Flint, MI
  9. Cleveland, OH
  10. Hartford, CT

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