San Diego Ranked 2nd ‘Best Run’ Big City in America

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Repaving a street in San Diego. Photo by Chris Jennewein

San Diego came in second among cities over 1 million in a new study that ranked the top 150 U.S. cities from best run to worst run.

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The study by WalletHub, a Washington, DC-based personal finance website, used 35 metrics to rank cities in terms of financial stability, education, health, safety, economy and infrastructure.

Among cities with 1 million people or more, Phoenix ranked first and 37th overall, San Diego second and 62nd overall, and San Jose third and 84th overall.

The difference between Phoenix and San Diego came down to cost. San Diego ranked much higher on quality of services — 15th overall compared to 43rd for Phoenix– but spent more per capita to achieve those services.

WalletHub said the study was an attempt to “learn how well city officials manage and spend public funds by comparing the quality of services residents receive against the city’s total budget.”

The best run city? Tiny Nampa in Idaho. The worst? Washington, DC.

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