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2024’s Best- & Worst-Run Cities in America

With the 2024 election approaching and residents evaluating the effectiveness of their local leadership, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2024’s Best- & Worst-Run Cities in America, as well as expert commentary, to help inform the electorate.

To determine the effectiveness of local leadership, WalletHub compared 148 of the largest U.S. cities based on their operating efficiency. For each city, WalletHub calculated a “Quality of City Services” score – comprising 36 key performance indicators grouped into six service categories – and compared that score against the city’s total per-capita budget.


Top 20 Best-Run Cities in America



1. Nampa, ID


11. Raleigh, NC

2. Lexington-Fayette, KY


12. Columbus, GA

3. Boise, ID


13. Warwick, RI

4. Nashua, NH


14. Las Cruces, NM

5. Oklahoma City, OK


15. Missoula, MT

6. Durham, NC


16. Billings, MT

7. Provo, UT


17. Huntington, WV

8. Fort Wayne, IN


18. Manchester, NH

9. Sioux Falls, SD


19. Bismarck, ND

10. Wichita, KS


20. Baton Rouge, LA


Best vs. Worst

  • Nampa, Idaho, has the lowest long-term debt outstanding per capita, which is 57.5 times lower than in San Francisco, California, the city with the highest.   

  • Warwick, Rhode Island, has the fewest violent crimes (per 1,000 residents), which is 31.9 times fewer than in Memphis, Tennessee, the city with the most.   

  • Miami and Hialeah, Florida, have the lowest unemployment rate, which is 6.4 times lower than in Flint, Michigan, the city with the highest.   

  • Fremont, California, has the lowest share of the population living in poverty, which is 6.3 times lower than in Flint, Michigan, the city with the highest. 

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit: 


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