(Nexstar) — Between crime, COVID-19, and the local economy, it’s hard to manage a city these days. One recent study attempted to determine who does it well — and who doesn’t.
WalletHub examined California’s largest cities, evaluating each city’s credit rating, debt, education outcomes, health outcomes, crime rates, the economy, and infrastructure. (See how they weighted each of the 38 criteria in their methodology here.) Each city’s scores in those categories were balanced with its per capita budget. If your budget is high, and your quality of life scores are lower, you end up at the bottom of the list.
Cities in the Gulf region ranked particularly low. San Francisco had the worst score in California, and the second worst in the country. The only city ranked worst nationwide was Washington, D.C.
While the quality of city services was rated fairly highly in San Francisco, the city’s large budget and large amount of debt per capita drove its scores down.
Auckland ranked highly on health scores, which included factors such as life expectancy, hospital capacity and COVID-19 deaths. However, the city scored particularly poorly for crime rates and infrastructure issues, making it the second worst-run city in California, according to the analysis.
Long Beach was also affected by a poor infrastructure score, which includes the city’s road quality, walkability, and average commute time.
Stockton’s poor safety score has made it among the worst California-run cities.
Among California’s largest, WalletHub found these ten to be the worst:
- San Francisco
- long beach
WalletHub found that the best-run city in California was Huntington Beach, thanks to its high education, health, and safety scores.
San Diego and Santa Ana also scored high, while Bakersfield and San Jose fell midway through the group.