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Posted on: June 29, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Las Cruces Again Named Best Run City in NM, Ranked #4 in U.S.

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Las Cruces is once again ranked as the best-run city in New Mexico according to WalletHub.com, a personal finance website. The new ranking also lists Las Cruces as the fourth best-run city in the U.S. with Albuquerque at 25 and El Paso at 40. This is the fourth consecutive year, the City of Las Cruces has ranked highly in the WalletHub.com survey.

WalletHub.com measured the effectiveness of local leadership by how well city officials manage and spend public funds by comparing the quality of services residents receive against the city’s total budget. 

WalletHub compared the operating efficiency of 150 of the most populated cities in America across five key categories: 1) Financial Stability, 2) Education, 3) Health, 4) Safety, 5) Economy and 6) Infrastructure & Pollution.

WalletHub evaluated those categories using 38 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the highest quality of service. It then calculated an overall “Quality of City Services” score for each city based on its weighted average across all the metrics. Finally, for each city, WalletHub divided the Quality of City Services score by the “Total Budget per Capita” (dollar amount) to rank-order the cities.

“Congratulations to our management team, our hard-working employees, and my city council colleagues,” said Mayor Ken Miyagishima.  

Las Cruces also ranked ninth in the survey’s Total Budget Per Capita, and 30th in Quality of City Services.

More information about the ranking is available at: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-run-cities/22869/#main-findings 

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