NYC is one of the worst-run US cities: Study

WalletHub has come out with their 2024 list of the "Best- & Worst-Run Cities in America," and NYC was ranked near the bottom.


The website's ranking, they said, tries to show how well city leaders manage and spend public funds by comparing the services that residents receive.

"WalletHub compared the operating efficiency of 148 of the largest U.S. cities to reveal which among them are managed best," the website said. "We constructed a ‘Quality of Services’ score made up of 36 metrics grouped into six service categories, which we then measured against the city’s per-capita budget.

New York City ranking

  • Overall: 145
  • Quality of city services: 30
  • Total budget per capita: 147

Top 20 best-run US cities 

1. Nampa, Idaho

2. Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky

3. Boise, Idaho  

4. Nashua, New Hampshire

5. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

6. Durham, North Carolina   

7. Provo, Utah   

8. Fort Wayne, Indiana   

9. Sioux Falls, South Dakota   

10. Wichita, Kansas

"The best-run cities in America use their budgets most effectively to provide high-quality financial security, education, health, safety and transportation to their residents," said Cassandra Happe, Wallethub analyst. "Many of the top cities also have a very low amount of outstanding government debt per capita, which can prevent financial troubles in the future."

KTVU FOX 2 helped contribute to this report.