In light of the coronavirus pandemic and nationwide civil unrest, the personal-finance and data experts at WalletHub released their annual report on local leadership and operating efficiency.
The report -- 2020’s Best- & Worst-Run Cities in America -- compared 150 of the largest U.S. cities on how well city officials manage and spend public funds and -- at the same time -- provide quality service to residents while balancing the city's total budget.
WalletHub constructed a “Quality of Services” score made up of 38 metrics grouped into six service categories, which was then measured against the city’s per-capita budget
Worcester ranked #49 out of 150 cities studied, earning top-100 scores in each category: financial stability (93), education (95), health (36), safety (37), economy (73), and infrastructure and pollution (44).
Worcester ranked better than both Springfield (#57) and Boston (#65) in WalletHub's overall ranking.
To see how Worcester compared to the rest of New England and other major cities, scroll the map below.
|Top 20 Best-Run Cities in America|
|1. Nampa, ID||11. Sioux Falls, SD|
|2. Boise, ID||12. Greensboro, NC|
|3. Provo, UT||13. Lewiston, ME|
|4. Las Cruces, NM||14. Cedar Rapids, IA|
|5. Durham, NC||15. Billings, MT|
|6. Lexington-Fayette, KY||16. Chesapeake, VA|
|7. Missoula, MT||17. Columbus, GA|
|8. Fort Wayne, IN||18. Huntington Beach, CA|
|9. Virginia Beach, VA||19. Rapid City, SD|
|10. Nashua, NH||20. Oklahoma City, OK|