Study: Fort Wayne among nation’s best-run cities — but not for recreation

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A personal finance website says Fort Wayne is the best-run city in Indiana and the 12th-best in the nation — but that lofty rank does not apply to its recreational opportunities.

WalletHub, founded in Washington, D.C., in 2013, and owned by Evolution Finance, Inc., determined the best- and worst-run cities in America by comparing 150 of the most populated cities across six key categories: 1) Financial Stability, 2) Education, 3) Health, 4) Safety, 5) Economy and 6) Infrastructure & Pollution. It then evaluated those areas using 37 relevant metrics, with each metric graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the highest quality of service.

Fort Wayne’s 12th-place finish, just behind Sioux Falls, S.D. and ahead of Nashua, N.H., included a 66th-place listing for quality of city services and a 12th-place finish for total budget per capita. The city placed 25th for financial stability, 39th for education, 125th for health, 56th for safety and 54th for economy.

In terms of recreational opportunities, however, WalletHub ranked Fort Wayne 97th out of 100 cities studied. The city placed 75th for entertainment and recreational facilities, 13th for cost, 86th for quality of parks and 96th for weather.