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The 10 Best-Run, Worst-Run US Cities

Coming in at No. 1: Nampa, Idaho
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2020 11:35 AM CDT
Updated Jul 4, 2020 10:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Running a city on a regular day is no small task; doing so during a pandemic, and with protests happening around the country against police brutality, imposes even more challenges. WalletHub took a look at 150 of the most populous cities in America, analyzing more than three dozen metrics—across such categories as financial, safety, health, education, the economy, and infrastructure and pollution—to determine how efficient those cities' operations are. Here, the 10 best-run and worst-run cities across the nation:

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  1. Nampa, Idaho (No. 1 in "Total Budget per Capita" category)
  2. Boise, Idaho
  3. Provo, Utah
  4. Las Cruces, NM
  5. Durham, NC
  6. Lexington-Fayette, Ky.
  7. Missoula, Mont.
  8. Fort Wayne, Ind.
  9. Virginia Beach, Va.
  10. Nashua, NH
Read on for the worst-run cities.

  1. Washington, DC (last in "Total Budget per Capita" category)
  2. San Francisco
  3. Gulfport, Miss.
  4. Chattanooga, Tenn.
  5. New York
  6. Hartford, Conn.
  7. Oakland, Calif.
  8. Detroit
  9. Chicago
  10. Flint, Mich.
Check out here how other cities fared in how they're managed. (These cities across America are top picks for staycations.)

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