Las Cruces Trounces ABQ In List Of Best-Run Cities

Las Cruces Trounces ABQ In List Of Best-Run Cities

But Albuquerque Still Scores In The Top 25

In a list of “Best- and Worst-Run Cities in America”, the personal-finance website WalletHub gave Las Cruces a six out of 150 cities survey. Even Albuquerque came away with a score of 23. Washington, D.C., however, was ranked the worst-run city in the U.S.

WalletHub’s analysts compared the operating efficiency of 150 of the most populated cities across six key categories  Financial Stability, Education, Health, Safety, Economy, and Infrastructure and Pollution  to reveal which among them are managed best. Specifically, they constructed a “Quality of Services” score comprising 33 key performance indicators grouped into six service categories, then measured against the city’s per-capita budget.

Out of 150 cities surveyed, Albuquerque scored 23, with a “Total Budget per Capita” rank of 12 and a “Quality of City Services” score of 92. The city scored 29 in the category of Financial Stability, 49 in Health, 68 in Infastructure and Pollution and 97 in Economy.

Albuquerque scored lowest in the categories of education (136) and safety (130). Safety was determined by the rate of violent crime and property crime and the number of fatalities per capita. Metrics for education were based on the GreatSchools score and the high-school graduation rate, of which Albuquerque had the third lowest.

Las Cruces ranked six out of 150 cities survey. Beating Las Cruces for the top slots were Nampa, Idaho; Provo, Utah; Boise, Idaho; Missoula, Montana; and Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky. The city scored a seven in “Total Budget per Capita” and 36 in “Quality of City Services”, with a total score of 62.83.

It’s lowest score was in 109 in economy, which took into account the unemployment rate, business growth, median annual household income, change in housing prices and the share of the population living below poverty level.

The city scored a Financial Stability score of 38 based on its credit rating and long-term debt outstanding per capita. Las Cruces scored 45 in the category of Health, 59 in Safety, 64 in Infastructure and Pollution and 78 in Education.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.