Top 10 Best-Run Cities in U.S.

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A city is best run when a number of factors are taken into consideration. However, according to analysts at 24/7 Wall St., one's access to jobs in a city is the most important factor to determine if the city is the best-run.

The financial news provider has released its latest list of ten best-run and worst-run cities in America after reviewing the local economies, fiscal discipline and standard of living of the 100 largest cities by population. While Virginia Beach is the best-managed city, Miami in Florida stood out as the worst-run.

Analysts concluded that encouraging businesses to prosper and create jobs is the most important function of a local government. The other determining factors for the best-governed cities include the crime rate, poverty rate and the percentage of high school graduate population.

Find out the ten best-run cities in the U.S. below:

10. Plano, Tex.
Violent crime per 1,000 people: 1.81 (7th lowest)
Poverty rate: 7.9% (5th lowest)
Adult population graduated from high school: 93.3% (4th highest)
Population: 261,697

9. Chandler, Ariz.
Violent crime per 1,000 people: 2.86 (14th lowest)
Poverty rate: 8.2% (6th lowest)
Adult population graduated from high school: 91.5% (13th highest)
Population: 236,775

8. Scottsdale, Ariz.
Violent crime per 1,000 people: 1.53 (6th lowest)
Poverty rate: 7.9% (4th lowest)
Adult population graduated from high school: 95.9% (the highest)
Population: 217,977

7. Seattle, Wash.
Violent crime per 1,000 people: 5.67 (43rd lowest)
Poverty rate: 14.7% (14th lowest)
Adult population graduated from high school: 92.8% (7th highest)
Population: 610,710

6. Chesapeake, Va.
Violent crime per 1,000 people: 3.84 (19th lowest)
Poverty rate: 7% (2nd lowest)
Adult population graduated from high school: 90.8% (14th highest)
Population: 222,986

5. Lincoln, Neb.
Violent crime per 1,000 people: 4.84 (32nd lowest)
Poverty rate: 17.3% (28th lowest)
Adult population graduated from high school: 92.9% (6th highest)
Population: 259,041

4. Fremont, Calif.
Violent crime per 1,000 people: 2.37 (11th lowest)
Poverty rate: 6.6% (the lowest)
Adult population graduated from high school: 90.2% (15th highest)
Population: 214,613

3. Madison, Wis.
Violent crime per 1,000 people: 3.92 (21st lowest)
Poverty rate: 18.7% (40th lowest)
Adult population graduated from high school: 95.1% (3rd highest)
Population: 233,777

2. Irvine, Calif.
Violent crime per 1,000 people: 0.55 (5th lowest)
Poverty rate: 12.3% (9th lowest)
Adult population graduated from high school: 95.7% (2nd highest)
Population: 212,982

1. Virginia Beach, Va.
Violent crime per 1,000 people: 1.88 (8th lowest)
Poverty rate: 7.5% (3rd lowest)
Adult population graduated from high school: 93.1% (5th highest)
Population: 439,172

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