Golden State takes a beating in Best Run and Worst City rankings

CALIFORNIA — A poorly run city is affecting residents’ quality of life, affecting everything from housing costs to traffic congestion, pollution and even health outcomes amid the pandemic. A new study recently set out to identify the nation’s best and worst-run cities with surprising findings in the Golden State.

A Wallet Hub Examining dozens of factors such as a city’s debt, crime rate, infrastructure health, and education scores revealed that California’s major cities aren’t particularly well run. No California city is among the 20 Best Managed Cities in America.

Surf City USA – Huntington Beach – fared best, ranking 21 nationally, according to Wallethub. The city scored high on safety, education, and health.

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The next best-run city in the state is San Diego, which comes in at 59, followed by Santa Ana at 62, according to Wallethub.

Of the nation’s largest cities, California is best known for having some of the most poorly run cities, Wallethub found. San Francisco is ranked the worst in the state and the second worst in the country due to its high cost of living, which translates into a high debt ratio per capita. The city by the bay ranks well for city services, but that’s not enough to overcome residents’ spending or the big city’s budget, Wallethub analysts found.

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The nearby city of Oakland also ranks poorly in the rankings due to its high crime rate.

The state’s largest city, Los Angeles, is also not highly rated by Wallethub analysts. The city came in third on the list of worst states in the state, followed by Long Beach and Riverside.

Of the largest cities in California, the worst run cities in Wallethub are:

  1. San Francisco
  2. Oakland
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Long Beach
  5. Riverside
  6. Fresno
  7. Sacramento
  8. Modest

Wallethub’s best managed cities in California are:

  1. Huntington Beach
  2. San Diego
  3. santa ana
  4. Fremont
  5. Bakersfield
  6. San Jose
  7. Stockton
  8. Anaheim

According to Wallethub, the best run cities in the country are:

  1. Nampa, ID
  2. Boise, I.D.
  3. Fort Wayne, Indiana
  4. Nashua, NH
  5. Lexington-Fayette, KY
  6. Lincoln, NE
  7. Las Cruces, New Mexico
  8. Oklahoma City, OK
  9. Missoula, Montana
  10. Durham, North Carolina

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