WalletHub:  Cedar Rapids among top 20 ‘best run cities’

    Cedar Rapids is one of the top 20 best-run cities in the country, according to WalletHub. (Photo by the City of Cedar Rapids)

    Cedar Rapids is one of the top 20 “best-run cities” in the country, according to a new survey by WalletHub.

    Iowa’s second-largest city came in 14th out of 150 of the country’s most-populated cities ranked by the survey.  Des Moines, the only other Iowa city listed in the survey, came in 58th.

    The survey ranked cities based on:

    • Financial stability measured by their Moody’s credit rating and outstanding long term debt;
    • Education based on K-12 school ratings as ranked by GreatSchools.org and high-school graduation rate;
    • Health based on metrics including infant mortality rate, average life expectancy, hospital beds per capita, quality of hospital system based on Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ ranking and WalletHub’s ranking of states “offering the most coronavirus support.
    • Safety based on violent and property crime rates, motor vehicle fatalities per capita, share of sheltered homeless persons and perception of safety based on rankings by numbeo.com.
    • Economy based on unemployment and underemployment rates, median annual household income and household income growth rate, annual job growth rate, share of population living in poverty, economic mobility, growth in number of businesses, change in housing prices and home value and building permit growth.
    • Infrastructure and pollution based on quality of roads; average commute time and transit access; traffic congestion; walk, bike and transit scores; recreation-friendliness based on WalletHub ranking; share of residents with internet access; water quality; air pollution; greenhouse gas emissions per capita and share of parkland.

    Cedar Rapids’ highest scores were for the economy and financial stability, and its lowest scores were for  education and infrastructure/pollution. Des Moines’ highest score was for health care, and its lowest for education.

    Kathie Obradovich
    Editor Kathie Obradovich has been covering Iowa government and politics for more than 30 years, most recently as political columnist and opinion editor for the Des Moines Register. She previously covered the Iowa Statehouse for 10 years for newspapers in Davenport, Waterloo, Sioux City, Mason City and Muscatine. She is a leading voice on Iowa politics and makes regular appearances on state, national and international news programs. She has led national-award-winning coverage of the Iowa Caucuses and the Register’s Iowa Poll.