With local governments’ leadership abilities being tested by COVID-19, Grand Rapids came out among the better-run cities in the country, according to a study.
Personal finance website WalletHub recently released a report ranking Grand Rapids No. 36 out of the 150 most populated cities in the U.S. in terms of governing.
Grand Rapids received a quality of services rank of 31 and a total budget per capita rank of 53. Comparatively, the best-governed city in the U.S. was Nampa, Idaho, with a quality of services rank of 74 and a total budget rank of 1.
Washington D.C. came in last with a quality of services rank of 34 and a total budget rank of 150.
Top 10 best-run cities in 2020
- Nampa, Idaho
- Boise, Idaho
- Provo, Utah
- Las Cruces, New Mexico
- Durham, North Carolina
- Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky
- Missoula, Montana
- Fort Wayne, Indiana
- Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Nashua, New Hampshire
WalletHub compared 150 of the most populated cities across six key categories: financial stability, education, health, safety, economy, and infrastructure and pollution. Each category was graded on a 100-point scale with a score of 100 representing the highest quality of service.
WalletHub then divided the quality of city services score by the total budget per capita to construct a score per dollar spent index, which is the overall rank of the city.
The metrics used do not create a disadvantage for Washington D.C., despite its unusual status as a city/state, with the exception of the long-term debt outstanding per capita metric. But even with that metric removed, Washington D.C. still ranked last.