Like it or not the leadership of any geographic area (municipalities, states, countries, etc.) can have a large impact on citizen’s lives. So if you are choosing to call an area home, ideally you’d like for it to be well run. In a recent study conducted by WalletHub, they determined the most well run cities in the Country. This included the answer to the question of the most well run North Carolina cities.

WalletHub released its report on 2024’s Best- & Worst-Run Cities in America, ahead of the quickly approaching 2024 election. It hopes that residents will use the data to evaluate the effectiveness of their local leadership.

And running a city is no easy feat. Heck I’m not saying I could do it. Nor would I want to! But those that choose to pursue such a position, should be held to a high standard. They have in many cases millions of people who depend on them.

The method chosen by WalletHub to examine the effectiveness of local leadership in this case was ” determining a city’s operating efficiency”.Looking at how city officials manage and spend public funds. And from there compare the quality of the services provided to residents against the city’s total budget.

In order to create this list of the most well run cities “WalletHub compared 148 of the largest U.S. cities based on their operating efficiency.” Each city was assigned a “Quality of City Services” score.

So just what are the most well run North Carolina cities and the worst? The good news is that of the 4 North Carolina cities featured in this study, two ranked fantastic, one certainly above average, but one major city? It was near the bottom of the rankings.

View the full WalletHub study here or keep reading to see where the North Carolina cities ranked.

Well Run North Carolina Cities Ranked Worst to Best

  • 113. Charlotte, NC

    Things to do Charlotte

    Quality of City Services Rank: 26 Total Budget per Capita Rank: 135 Charlotte did not fare well in this study at all. Somehow as someone currently living in Charlotte, this doesn’t come as much of a shock.

  • 27. Greensboro, NC

    Drone Aerial of Downtown Greensboro North Carolina NC Skyline

    Quality of City Services Rank: 70 Total Budget per Capita Rank: 23 Congratulations to Greensboro, this is a very well respectable rank for a city often undervalued in a lot of these sort of lists.

  • 11. Raleigh, NC

    A colorful daytime cityscape of downtown Raleigh North Carolina. Is North Carolina Boring?

    Quality of City Services Rank: 12

    Total Budget per Capita Rank: 33

    Our state’s capital city ranked 11th just narrowly missing the top 10. Glad the center of our state government is well run on the city level as well!

  • 6. Durham, NC

    Durham, North Carolina, USA downtown cityscape.

    Quality of City Services Rank: 16

    Total Budget per Capita Rank: 20

    And the most well run city? It’s Durham. Not only taking the crown for North Carolina but ranking 6th nationally. You go Durham!

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