New York City is No. 148 on the list of America’s 150 best-run cities, topping only Detroit and the nation’s problem-plagued capital, according to a study by personal finance platform WalletHub.
The study compared 150 of the largest U.S. cities across six key dimensions, including financial stability, education, health, safety and economy, as well as infrastructure and pollution. The study then combined these categories to construct an overall City Services ranking against which the cities’ total per-capita budgets were measured to reveal a budgeting efficiency score.
The top five cities were Boise and Nampa, Idaho; Provo, Utah; Missoula, Mont.; and Fort Wayne, Ind.
Other surprises: Casper, Wyo. has the lowest long-term debt per capita, a stingy $700 per person. That’s 28 times lower than Atlanta, the city with the highest debt load of $19,902 per resident.
Frederick, Md., has the highest high-school graduation rate of 93 percent. Denver has the lowest, at 56 percent.
The full study is here.