Sunday, July 15, 2018
News Roundup

Report names St. Petersburg best-run city in Florida

ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg is the best-managed city in Florida — but it ranks just 48th out of 150 major U.S. cities, according to a new report.

The top national honors went to Boise and Nampa. The Idaho cities came in first and second in WalletHub's "Best-Run Cities in America."

WalletHub unveiled the list this week. The Washington, D.C.-based personal finance site compared the country's 150 largest cities based on six factors: financial stability, education, health, safety, economy, and infrastructure and pollution.

St. Petersburg fared particularly well when it came to economy and infrastructure.

But the numbers took a dive when it came to safety: St. Petersburg was among the cities with the worst crime ranking, according to the study.

The safety score took into account violent-crime rates per capita, property-crime rates and the number of fatalities per 100,000 residents.

Ben Kirby, spokesman for St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, said while the financial rankings were reflective of the city, he wasn't so sure about the safety numbers.

"We know that in a general sense, crime statistics are down in St. Petersburg," Kirby said. "A lot of this takes long-term planning and investing. Hopefully when the numbers come out again next year, we'll be higher up."

Overall, St. Petersburg beat out Tampa, Hialeah, Tallahassee, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Miami, all of which were in the bottom 50.

The Sunshine City also narrowly bested the mighty municipalities of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Manchester, New Hampshire, which came in at 49th and 50th, respectively.

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