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The Top and Bottom 10 Cities for Operating Efficiency


WalletHub's latest report measures the budgets of 150 of the largest U.S. cities against the services available to its residents. Indicators such as air quality, violent crime and infant mortality were also factored in. Continue below to find out if your city made one of the lists.

WalletHub's analysts compared the operating efficiency of the largest U.S. cities to find out which are managed best.

Keeping a city up and running is no small feat. U.S. cities are epicenters of multiculturalism, business and activity, which makes them difficult to manage in more ways than one. So, when it comes to transportation and other public services, elected officials must work together to provide the greatest good for the greatest number. Unfortunately, the undertaking is easier said than done.

The effectiveness of a city, according to WalletHub, is quantifiable. Analysts at the personal finance website compared the quality of city services against per-capita budget. Using 33 key performance indicators to measure the quality of those services, WalletHub came up with a detailed breakdown of what cities offer the most band for residents’ buck.


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Here are the best- and worst-run cities in the U.S.

Best-Run Cities

1. Nampa, ID

2. Provo, UT

3. Boise, ID

4. Missoula, MT

5. Lexington-Fayette, KY

6. Las Cruces, NM

7. Billings, MT

8. Bismarck, ND

9. Fort Wayne, IN

10. Louisville, KY

Worst-Run Cities

1. Washington, DC

2. Detroit, MI

3. New York, NY

4. San Francisco, CA

5. Cleveland, OH

6. Hartford, CT

7. Oakland, CA

8. Flint, MI

9. Chattanooga, TN

10. Memphis, TN

Best City vs. Worst City

·Warwick, RI, has the lowest rate of violent crime, while Wilmington, DE boasts the highest

·Portland, ME has the lowest unemployment rate, while Bakersfield, CA boasts the highest

·Tallahassee, FL has the best quality roads while Anaheim, CA has the worst

·Lubbock, TX has the least air pollution while Long Beach, CA has the most

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