Seems like no matter what the occupation is, there will always be some folks who think they can do it better. A few examples that come to mind are teachers, coaches, referees/umpires, and law enforcement. Politicians and city leaders get a lot of criticism too, but do you (me, us, whoever) really think we can do a better job? I've got to think that running a city is NOT an easy job, and clearly, some do it better than others.

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2024's Best and Worst Run Cities in America

What are the best and worst-run cities in America, and how do Indiana cities compare to the rest of the country? just released a report answering those questions, and would you be surprised to know that one Hoosier town is ranked in the top ten (and it's NOT Indianapolis)?

In Fact, the 8th Best-Run City in America is...

Photo by TopSphere Media on Unsplash
Photo by TopSphere Media on Unsplash

Out of the 148 cities that were compared, FORT WAYNE represents Indiana in the top ten, landing at #8 on the list. How cool is that? The rankings were determined by comparing the country's most populated cities in the following six categories:

  1. Financial Stability
  2. Education
  3. Health
  4. Safety
  5. Economy
  6. Infrastructure & Pollution.

How Did the Rest of Indiana Rank?

There were two other Indiana cities included in the report - Gary, which ranked at #83, and Indianapolis, which ranked at #93. Not great results, for sure, but not the worst in the country either. There are a few specific metrics, however, where Gary really struggled. Here's what I'm talking about...

  • Gary has the 4th highest unemployment rate in the country.
  • Gary has the lowest median annual household income.
  • Gary has the 2nd highest percentage of the population in poverty.

And in case you're curious, #1 on the list (the best-run city) is Nampa, ID, and #148 (the worst-run city) is San Fransico, CA.

See the rest of the rankings and all of the corresponding information in the full report here.

See Inside This Now Abandoned Indiana Brick Factory

This former factory, located in Vermillion County, Indiana, was the last coal-fired brick plant in America. I can honestly say I've never seen anything like it - I guess that's why these pictures caught my eye.

Gallery Credit: Bobby G.

15 of the Most Beautiful County Courthouses in Indiana

There are a total of 92 county courthouses in the state of Indiana. I have determined (it's just my opinion) that these 15 are the most beautiful. There is no way I could or would rank them, so here they are in alphabetical order.

Gallery Credit: Bobby G.

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