WalletHub has released its list of 2017's Best- & Worst-Run Cities in America, and Washington, D.C., is included. Let's see how it ranks.
It's certainly not easy to run a large city, but some governments manage to do it better and more efficiently and effectively than others. WalletHub set out to see how 150 of the U.S.'s most populated cities are doing, ranking the best-run and worst-run cities based on their overall performance in six areas: financial stability, education, health, safety, economy, and infrastructure & pollution. Each one of those categories included multiple factors, such as unemployment rate, quality of roads, hospital beds per capita, etc.
On the list of Best- & Worst-Run Cities
, Washington, D.C. came in at No. 150 -- very last.
There are many factors that influence how well a city is run," said Terry Clower, the Northern Virginia Chair and Professor of Public Policy & Director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University. "More importantly, it matters which type of activity you are considering in judging how well a city is run. For example, a city can be run very well administratively, but fall short in economic development planning. A city could be very efficient at addressing business issues, while maybe not being as effective for neighborhoods. The key factor in all of this is leadership: having the right kind of leaders in place when needed."
According to the report, the District has the fourth-lowest high school graduation rate of the 150 cities on the list, and it tied with five other cities as having the highest long-term outstanding debt per capita. It ranked No. 102 in city services, No. 101 for financial stability, No. 140 for education, No. 135 for health, No. 105 for safety, No. 69 for economy, and No. 8 for infrastructure and pollution.
"How do we measure the effectiveness of local leadership?" the WalletHub report
asks. "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."
Nampa, Idaho, is the best-run city, according to the study, while New York City and Detroit just barely beat D.C., coming in at No. 148 and No. 149, respectively. Click here
to read the full report.
What do you think of the rankings? Is Washington, D.C., really the worst-run city in America? Tell us in the comments!