The 10 Best-Run Cities in America

It takes a significant amount of planning and research to move, so it’s no surprise that only 11.6 percent of Americans chose to do so between 2014 and 2015.

Settling on a new location gets especially complicated when you factor in local government. The decisions that city officials are responsible for, such as services, taxes and budget cuts, can greatly influence the quality of life in a given place.

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Don’t worry, though. Financial advising site WalletHub has done the heavy-lifting for you. (Well, the research, that is. You’re on your own with those boxes.) To determine America’s best-run cities, WalletHub examined 150 of the country's largest metropolises, comparing factors including financial stability, education, health, safety, economy and infrastructure and pollution against total per-capita budgets.

10. Nashua, N.H.

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Nashua is 10th on the list for best-run cities, thanks to its economy, safety and financial stability.

Nashua ranks 11th (out of 150 cities studied) in overall city services, though it struggles with infrastructure and pollution, ranking 114th in that subcategory. But the city makes up for it with its robust economy, which ranks eighth.

9. Sioux Falls, S.D.

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The largest city in South Dakota, Sioux Falls, comes in ninth on the list of best-run cities thanks to its exceptional city services.

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8. Bismarck, N.D.

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Bismarck is the eighth-best-run city in America, but it takes the top spot for services provided. Most notable are the health and economy services subcategories, in both of which the city falls third. It’s also 11th for infrastructure and pollution services and eighth for safety.

7. Billings, Mont.

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Billings, on the Yellowstone River, is the seventh-best-run city in the U.S. It falls 23rd (out of 150 cities) in overall services and is financially strong. The city ranks 18th for financial stability and 13th in the economy subcategory.

Billings also sits in seventh place for total budget per capita.

6. Lexington-Fayette, Ky.

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Lexington, known as the Horse Capital of the World, comes in 27th for overall city services with particular strengths in health and education, ranking 11th and 12th respectively.

5. Fort Wayne, Ind.

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Fort Wayne falls fifth on the list. It leads because of its education services, ranking 14th in that subcategory, but it falls short in health services, which are ranked 133rd among 150 cities. Overall, Fort Wayne comes in 32nd for its city services.

4. Missoula, Mont.

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Missoula comes in at number four in the best-run ranking. It falls 28th in overall city services with particular strengths in infrastructure and pollution, economy and education. Its education services, especially, are thriving -- the city ranks sixth (out of 150) in that subcategory.

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Missoula also shines because it has the fourth-highest total budget per capita.

3. Provo, Utah

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Provo comes in as the third-best-run city, and it is also listed by Livability as a top-100 place to live.

2. Nampa, Idaho

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Idaho takes the top two spots for city operations. Its second-largest city, Nampa, comes in right behind its capital, Boise.

1. Boise, Idaho

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Boise ranks second in both overall city services and total budget per capita. The combined excellence in both categories makes Boise the best-run American city, according to WalletHub.