Worcester Among Top 50 Best-Run Cities in America

by | Jun 29, 2020 | Headlines, News

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, ID11. Sioux Falls, SD
2. Boise, ID12. Greensboro, NC
3. Provo, UT13. Lewiston, ME
4. Las Cruces, NM14. Cedar Rapids, IA
5. Durham, NC15. Billings, MT
6. Lexington-Fayette, KY16. Chesapeake, VA
7. Missoula, MT17. Columbus, GA
8. Fort Wayne, IN18. Huntington Beach, CA
9. Virginia Beach, VA19. Rapid City, SD
10. Nashua, NH20. Oklahoma City, OK


Source: WalletHub

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Patrick Sargent is the founder and lead reporter for ThisWeekinWorcester.com. He was born and raised on Grafton Hill and is a graduate of Holy Name high school and Worcester State University. Previous to starting TWIW, he worked as a contributing reporter for the Worcester Sun. Before that, over the course of several years, he had stints with GoLocalWorcester, Worcester Magazine, the Leominster Champion and Fitchburg Pride. He can be contacted at [email protected]