WalletHub examined the largest cities in California, and evaluated each city’s credit rating, debt, education scores, health scores, crime rates, economy and infrastructure.
Each city’s scores in those categories was balanced with its budget per capita. If you have a high budget, and lower quality of life scores, you end up at the bottom of the list.
Oakland ranked high for health scores, which included factors like life expectancy, hospital capacity and COVID-19 deaths. However, the city scored especially poorly for its crime rates and infrastructure issues, landing it the No. 2 spot of worst-run cities in California, according to the analysis.
Of California’s largest cities, WalletHub found these 10 to be the worst run:
- San Francisco
- Los Angeles
- Long Beach
The best run city in California was Huntington Beach, thanks to its high scores in education, health and safety.