A recent study found DC to be the worst-run city in the country.
WalletHub looked at the 150 most populous cities in the US to rank how efficiently city leaders manage public funds.
The financial website compared the quality of services its residents receive to the city’s total per capita budget.
While DC’s services landed a respectable 55th place, the way it managed its overall budget landed last place at 150th.
The district was mixed across the six main categories that WalletHub’s team examined – financial stability (41st), education (84th), health (57th), security (73rd), economy (131st), and Infrastructure and Pollution (20th). ).
The study also considered 38 metrics with varying weights spread across these six key categories, but the report didn’t specify what about DC’s handling of its budget caused it to get a particularly low score.
“The metrics used do not disadvantage DC despite its unusual status as a city/state, with the exception of the metric for outstanding long-term debt per capita,” the team wrote, referring to a metric DC had recently tied in, along with San Francisco, New York City, Atlanta and Nashville. “But even with that metric removed, DC still ranks last.”
DC was also in the bottom five for high school graduation, ranking 145th overall—but again, graduation didn’t carry any additional weight in the study.
Some of the metrics given greater weight in the study were violent and property crime rates, unemployment rate, annual employment growth rate, median annual household income, and the quality of the K-12 school system.
The release of this study comes nearly four years after WalletHub, a district-based personal finance website, named DC the worst-managed city in the US according to WJLA-TV, DC’s local ABC affiliate.
Back then, WalletHub ranked DC’s quality of service far lower — landing 90th place overall — with education 136th and health 124th, to name just the two lowest.