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October 1, 2014

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North Las Vegas among the worst-run cities in America

North Las Vegas is the ninth worst-run city in the country, according to financial news and opinion website 247Wallst.com.

The website posted its first list of the top 10 best - and worst - run cities in America on Thursday based on U.S. census data measuring unemployment, Moody’s credit ratings and FBI crime statistics.

North Las Vegas came in at No. 9 in the country for the worst-run cities with a poverty rate of 18 percent and a population of 217,304 with less than 77 percent of adults who graduated from high school. With the 28th highest violent crime rate and a credit rating of A2 with a negative outlook, the city placed in between No. 8 Fresno, Calif., and No. 10 Hialeah, Fla.

The report found that in 2010, 1 in every 5 homes in North Las Vegas was foreclosed upon and attributes its Moody’s A2 credit rating to "continued economic weakness and persistent financial challenges." Also noted were the 800 positions the city froze in order to reduce spending and its reliance on financial reserves.

City spokeswoman Juliet Casey said she agrees with the information in the report but said it represents the past.

"I don’t think it reflects the most current situation right now,” Casey said. “Yes, we struggled financially and were at the center of the foreclosure crisis, but we have maintained growth in population numbers. We’re still growing, still vibrant and have made greater strides in diversifying economic development.”

Miami, Fla., came in as the No. 1 worst-run city, mainly for its income inequality rate, (the second-highest in the nation). Detroit, Mich., and Newark, N.J., come in at No. 2 and No. 3.

Virginia Beach, Va., came in as the best-run city in the U.S. for its perfect AAA credit rating and some of the lowest violent crime, unemployment and poverty rates. Irvine, Calif., and Madison, Wis., come in as the No. 2 and No. 3 best-run cities in the country.

The website said the company reviewed resources from census data, crime statistics and credit ratings to compile the final metrics and ranked each city based on its performance in all categories. Cities that did not have crime or credit information were not rewarded or penalized for the missing data.

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  1. "City spokeswoman Juliet Casey said she agrees with the information in the report but said it represents the past."

    I like that response from the city. It represents an acknowledgment of the problem yet looks ahead. Although it's easy to place blame (my knee-jerk reaction upon seeing this topic again) what's more important is what we do from here on out. The city not only needs to continue to implement austerity measures, but needs to have a long-term plan to maintain fiscal health.

  2. Isn't it time to stop stupid rankings such as this and get on with helping all to do well?

  3. I live in North Town, and this town is a JOKE. Take for example the squatters that have taken up residence in a small motor home right on our street. Calls to Code Enforcement results in no action as they are on the street and not on a piece of real property, and Code Enforcement has said they have contacted the Police. But nothing has been done. Though we live in an area designated by the CIP, the house we live in has been in the family since 1938, and we can do nothing to it since the city has a plan to eminent domain us out for 50K when their coffers grow a bit, but in the interim, we are unable to fix the place the proper way.

    Yes the town is poorly run, but at least it is being run from a new 25M dollar building. The city has done away with all of its research staff for permits and records, but have enough money to continue constructing artsy construction in the center divider of LVB and Main Streets, but have nearly 100 homeless people living in the field immediately adjacent. This town is run poorly and HAS NOT turned any corner but the one that slips further down.

  4. City "planners" + property developers + shaky insider deals at federal land auctions + insider politics + public intimidation by policemen and firemen (public servants)+ illegal immigration issues = 9th worst ranking. With a population in excess of 200,000, how many people voted in the last mayoral and city council election? A "perfect storm" indeed. And the city spokesman says that's all in the past. Right!!!!!

  5. The Last Mayoral Race was very nearly a secret - none of the voting pamphlets were printed with a font larger then 14 point.

  6. North Las Vegas should be absorbed into Las Vegas.
    The Money saved by the elimination of duplicated Bureaucratic Leadership Positions should be enough to implement some Real Planning and Enforcement. The Vast Uneducated population of the entire Las Vegas area is the Legacy of easy money in Casino Service Jobs via Tips. That time will never return to prior levels. If Educational Standards are not increased, the entire region is looking at its future in North Las Vegas. The reality is that an uneducated population is of little value in the rest of the world, nor will anyone take a chance on a city where its highly trained workforce needs to be imported.