Congratulations Miami-Dade County! We're home to not one, but two of the ten worst-run cities in the entire United States of America. The City of Miami came first on 24/7 Wall Street's list. That would be bad enough, but citizens of Miami proper may be even more devastated ;to find that their city is explicitly worse-run than Hialeah. The City of Progress came in 10th on the list.
To compiled the list of Best and Worst-run cities in America, 24/7 Wall Street "reviewed the local economies, fiscal discipline and standard of living of the 100 largest cities by population to determine how well each is managed." The fact that only the 100 larges cities in America were taking into account means that only Miami and Hialeah are the only Miami-Dade municipalities that would have been considered
Here's the stats that put Hialeah at tenth:
> Violent crime per 1,000 people: 4.36 (26th lowest)
> Poverty rate: 22.1% (35th highest)
> Adult population graduated from high school: 68.6% (5th lowest)
> Credit rating: not rated
> Population: 225,461
While the sites notes that Hialeah is in somewhat better shape than Miami overall, its 15% unemployment rate and its staggering rate of adult with health insurance (only 28.6% of Hialeahans have health insurance) are particularly troubling.
Miami, meanwhile, has these stats to thank for putting it number one with a bullet.
> Violent crime per 1,000 people: 11.08 (13th highest)
> Poverty rate: 32.4% (5th highest)
> Adult population graduated from high school: 68.2% (4th lowest)
> Credit rating: A2 (stable outlook)
> Population: 400,892
The site finds that many of Miami's problems may have to do with its staggeringly high levels of economic inequality: "Despite the city's wealth, Miami's median household income of $27,291 is the third smallest among the 100 biggest cities. Its poverty rate of 32.4% is the fifth highest."
Perhaps we should look for some tips from Virginia Beach, Virginia. The site ranked it America's best city.
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