Study: Fort Wayne in the top five for best-managed American cities

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – A recent study from a prominent personal finance outlet has ranked Fort Wayne as 2022’s third best-run city in America.

According to the study, only Nampa and Boise, Idaho were better managed.

WalletHub.com made the list using “38 metrics grouped into six service categories, which were measured against the city’s per-capita budget.”

You can find the full study here.

The following was written along with the study results:

Even when the U.S. isn’t dealing with a pandemic, running a city is a tall order. The larger the city, the more complex it becomes to manage. In addition to representing the residents, local leaders must balance the public’s diverse interests with the city’s limited resources. That often means not everyone’s needs can or will be met. Leaders must carefully consider which services are most essential, which agencies’ budgets to cut or boost and whether and how much to raise taxes, among other decisions.

But how do we measure the effectiveness of local leadership? One way is by determining a city’s operating efficiency. In other words, we can learn how well city officials manage and spend public funds by comparing the quality of services residents receive against the city’s total budget.

Using that approach, WalletHub compared the operating efficiency of 150 of the largest U.S. cities to reveal which among them are managed best.

How Well Is Fort Wayne Managed? (1=Best Run; 75=Avg.):
46th – Financial Stability
61st – Education
112th – Health
28th – Safety
34th – Economy
148th – Infrastructure & Pollution
2nd – Total Budget per Capita