Study says Tennessee's major cities poorly managed

Jul 14, 2017


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Are Nashville residents getting their money’s worth from Metro Government? A new study by says no.

Wallethub analyst Jill Gonzalez says the report ranks the nation’s 150 largest cities by comparing 33 quality of service indicators.

“From infrastructure to safety, education, economics. So the better quality of the services and the lower the budget really the most ideal number or score you can get here.”

Nashville ranked highest among Tennessee cities, but still placed in the bottom half at 112.  Memphis and Chattanooga both placed in the bottom ten. Analyst Jill Gonzalez says Nashville is taxing and spending more than it should for a city its size.

“The budget is around $6700 per capita, but the long term debt that is outstanding is more like $8700 per capita, so a little bit in the red.”

Gonzalez says to move higher in the list Nashville will need to improve life expectancy and lower its violent crime rate. Interestingly, Wallethub gave top marks to two cities in neighboring Kentucky.

“Places like Louisivlle, Kentucky, places like Lexington also very close, Provo, Utah, and Durham North Carolina.

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