Stacker compiled the list of 50 worst-run cities in the country using June 2023 data from WalletHub’s Best- and Worst-Run Cities in America.
The factors used to evaluate the quality of city services include financial stability, education, health, safety, economy, and infrastructure, and pollution. Scores for these six categories were determined based on 36 relevant metrics, including average life expectancy, violent crime rate, and quality of roads.
The City of Brotherly Love has managed to avoid ranking higher on this unflattering list in part due to Mayor Jim Kenney’s initiatives. He has been working closely with Philadelphia City Council with the aim of improving education and economic opportunities for city residents.
These include expanding the opportunity for quality pre-K education, creating community schools, and tackling health issues by implementing a tax on sweetened beverages.
Read more about the worst-run cities in America in Stacker.