Springs ranks 14 on “best-run” cities list

Colorado Springs ranks in the top 20 “best-run cities,” according to the website 24/7wallst.

The article ranked the top best- and worst-run cities in the nation – San Bernadino is the nadir, and Plano was the zenith. In between, Colorado Springs ranked 14th on the best-run list, besting cities like Boston and Portland, Ore.

In the rating, the city’s low crime rate, 30th lowest in the nation, was noted, as was its credit rating of Aa2.

“Like many of the best-run cities, Colorado Springs avoided the worst of the housing crisis,” the report said. “Median home values in Colorado Springs saw no significant decline between 2007 and 2011, compared to a drop of more than 10 percent in the country as a whole. One weakness was Colorado Springs’ unemployment rate of 9.1 percent. Though higher than the 2011 national rate, it was still lower than most of the worst-run cities. Colorado Springs’ economy is primarily driven by the defense and technology industries. Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman are among the 10 largest employers in the area as of 2011, while Hewlett-Packard and Verizon also have a sizable presence.”


7 Responses to Springs ranks 14 on “best-run” cities list

  1. I don’t believe “factors like the city’s credit rating, poverty, education, crime, unemployment, and regional GDP” are indicative of a well-run city. Anyone who is even remotely aware of the government, regional, infrastructure, political, and economic issues we have and our lack of leadership to fix them would beg to differ with 24/7 wallst. I read this article on 24/7 awhile back and dismissed it as another superficial data “clump” much like many of the “top ____” reports. Judging a community on superficial data such as how many gyms, fast food restaurants, public trails etc…doesn’t tell anyone how healthy the community really is nor do the factors listed here indicate a “best-run” city. The factors 24/7 wallst provided are circumstantial and tertiary.

    While I LOVE my home and City of birth, we cannot say we have a “best-run” city truthfully. Thank you for sharing Amy and CSBJ but we all know it just isn’t true. Maybe others who aren’t aware will overlook or miss what really goes on here and decide to bring business, young professionals or tourism our way regardless. “Welcome back” to “Live it up” Colorado Springs…that alone tells us how “best-run” it is. Thank you for the nod 24/7 wallst. but we call it like it is because we want to be the best and we will get there.

    Jason A. Hann
    January 28, 2013 at 10:29 pm

  2. Great article – Stats align with the current and historical Economic Indicators published by the Gazette.

    Janis Heuberger
    January 29, 2013 at 10:12 am

  3. Jobs needed and not just for ‘young’ professionals and the military-industrial complex.

    January 29, 2013 at 12:26 pm

  4. I read this article last week and said to myself ‘ Oh no the crazies will pat themslves on the back over this one’… The fact is the quality of life experience in this town continues to go down hill with a political system that is based on cronyism, not accomplishment.

    Jobs continue to go to our neighbors to the north as well as our young professionals. We are a poster child of sprawl and a decaying urban core even after repeated studies and solution team suggestions. Great parks when we water them, trail systems when we repair them, hillsides and mountain vistas when we don’t build on them or burn them.

    January 29, 2013 at 3:08 pm

  5. Sorry, couldn’t resist. The mere fact that honest concern over improving past statistical data is expressed and shared places this community far above the “losers.” This is all relative, sadly if all of these cities were ethically-run, free of cronyism and decay, the conclusions would still be relative. When you have a moment scan comments (for ability to articulate more than content – not much of that) posted to The Miami Herald (or worse the articles themselves) for some real “superficial” drone and “crazies.”
    Cheers to those who feel improvement is always an option !

    From Miami
    January 30, 2013 at 4:34 am

  6. Fact & Stats versus Opinions – Facts & Stats can be proven true or false. An opinion is an expression of a person’s feelings that cannot be proven unless it based on facts. There are more than a couple of statistical reports that support this article. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but you can’t argue with reliable facts from multiple sources.

    Janis Heuberger
    January 30, 2013 at 12:31 pm

  7. I moved here six years ago thinking this must be the best place in the country to live. There were jobs, housing I could afford, clean parks, nice trails, plenty of open space, courtesy on the roads, great servers in restaurants, an openness and sharing among people, friendliness among strangers, Wilbur for the kids, parades for all kinds of events, nice streets, snow plows, …

    Much of this is gone now. Springs might have help their house pricing and kept a good credit rating, but they have lost the reason to live here. Now it’s just another city like any other city.

    I suspect that of the rating had been Best Cities where people prefer to live instead of credit rating, Springs would not have rated so well.

    January 30, 2013 at 8:34 pm