Photo courtesy Bill Badzo
Photo courtesy Bill Badzo

When it comes to running a city, local officials must navigate local politics and balance public interests with the resources that are available for the city. Wallethub staffer Richie Bernardo takes a look at the site's list of the best-run cities.

Analysts examined how well the 150 largest metros in the city are managed and compared them using the following criteria:

In order to make such a comparison, we examined each city’s performance on six key indicators, including financial stability, education, health, safety, economy as well as infrastructure and pollution. We then combined these categories to construct an “Overall City Services” ranking against which we measured the cities’ total per-capita budgets in order to reveal their budgeting efficiency.

And no, you won't find the nation's biggest metros anywhere near the top of this list.

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