THE 20 BEST AND WORST RUN CITIES IN AMERICA Best Worst Rank City Rank City Nampa ID Provo UT Boise ID Lexington- Fayette KY Missoula MT Sioux Falls SD Durham NC Lewiston ME Nashua NH Oklahoma City OK Las Cruces NM Greensboro NC Cedar Rapids IA Huntington Beach CA Billings MT Raleigh NO Rapid City SD Fort Wayne IN Fargo ND Virginia Beach VA Washington DC Detroit MI New York NY San Francisco CA Gulfport MS Oakland CA Chattanooga 149 148 147 145 Flint MI Cleveland OH Hartford CT Chicago I Tacoma WA Los Angeles CA Atlanta GA St Louis MO Memphis TN Philadelphia PA Yonkers NY Cheyenne WY Denver CO 143 142 141 138 137 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 135 134 133 132 Unbiased America RANKING THE BEST AND WORST RUN CITIES IN AMERICA By Kevin Despite an economy that’s stronger than it has been in decades many of America’s cities remain mired in a perpetual state of deterioration victims of incompetent leadership corruption and misguided policies New research conducted by finance website WalletHub uses various metrics to quantify just how poorly or well run America’s 150 biggest cities are By comparing the quality of each city’s services and infrastructure with the amount the city spends on its budget it finds which cities are most efficient ie getting the most bang for their buck Unsurprisingly the big cities that have essentially existed under one-party rule for extended periods of time rank the worst Year after year voters re-elect the same party no matter how poorly the city is managed creating political monopolies that have little incentive to address politically difficult challenges Another problem many of the worst cities have in common is bloated public sectors and huge pension liabilities It was a time honored tradition of essentially buying votes by giving lavish payouts to local government employees and public sector unions who in turn provided reliable support at the polls Such expenses paid from the city’s tax coffers often necessitated tax hikes and cuts to other city services driving business away This created a destructive cycle of further tax increases to try to make up for lost revenues which simply push more companies away Of course every city has its own story but the ability to keep expenses low and maintain competitive business environments is a crucial factor in a city’s success Note on Methodology The list uses the following measures to calculate the rankings • Financial Stability Credit Rating Debt per Capita • Education K–12 School Ratings High School Graduation Rate • Health Infant Mortality Rate Life Expectancy Hospital Beds per Capita Public Hospital Ratings • Safety Violent Crime Rate Property Crime Rate Motor Vehicle Fatalities per Capita • Economy Unemployment Rate Underemployment Rate Median Annual Household Income Adjusted for Cost of Living Median Annual Income Growth Rate Annual Job Growth Rate Share of Population Living Below Poverty Level Economic Mobility Growth in Number of Businesses Change in Housing Prices Building-Permit Growth • Infrastructure & Pollution Quality of Roads Average Commute Time Public Transportation Access Traffic Congestion Pedestrian and Bike Access Parks and Recreation Water Quality Air Pollution SOURCE httpswallethubcomedubest-run-cities22869 Meme

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