Report: Chattanooga, Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville Among the Worst-Run Cities in Country



Tennessee’s four largest cities all ranked in the bottom third of a list compiled by the online website analyzing how efficiently cities are run.

Called “2017’s Best- and Worst-Run Cities,” the list, published Monday, ranked 150 of the largest cities in the nation.

The study compared the quality of services residents receive against a city’s total budget. Cities were compared across six categories: financial stability, education, health, safety, economy, and infrastructure and pollution.

Nashville ranked 112 on the list in overall rankings, and Knoxville ranked 127. Almost at the bottom were Memphis, at 141, and Chattanooga, falling just below Memphis at 142. No other Tennessee cities were included.

All four cities are run by Democrats: Mayor Megan Barry in Nashville, Mayor Madeline Rogero in Knoxville, Mayor Andy Berke in Chattanooga, and Mayor Jim Strickland in Memphis.

However, in a breakdown of results, Knoxville got an approving nod for its three-way tie for third for having the highest quality of roads. On the negative side, Memphis had the fourth-highest violent crime rate.

The highest-ranking cities, from first through fifth, were Nampa, Idaho; Provo, Utah; Boise, Idaho; Missoula, Montana, and Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky.



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14 thoughts on “Report: Chattanooga, Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville Among the Worst-Run Cities in Country

  1. CS

    All of these cities have Democrats as mayors for over 20 years. Anyone surprised?

    1. GW

      Actually the two prior mayors were Republicans Bill Haslam , being the one prior to Madeline .

  2. […] the capitulation by the Knoxville Mayor – who has received a fair amount of notoriety recently for heading up one of the country’s worst-run cities –  has not warranted a statement […]

  3. Bill in Tennessee

    Madelline Rogero, mayor-ette of Knoxville, is a “sanctuary city” liberal Democrat. As such, she needs to be tarred and feathered, and carried out of town on a rail and pitched over into the next county. In my humble opinion, of course. That city is getting lousy with Third World peasants and I avoid it any time I can.

  4. Tencop

    What is amazing is that the public continues to miss significant corrupt actions by Officials such as Mayor Andy Berk of Chattanooga. Mayor Berk while a State Senator in the Tennessee Senate was a handpicked member of the Election Fraud Protest of the 15th. State Senatorial District Election of 2010. He along now with indicted former Senator Joe Haynes of Nashville, engaged in obstructing Critical Evidence from being presented to the Senate Panel where clear Voting Machine Tampering was verified. Then with the scandal in Chattanooga with Berk wand his extramarital activities with a staff member goes to his Integrity and Character. When will the Public Wise Up and Stop Electing such Disreputable People to positions of Power.

  5. Steven Conway

    One thing this article really seemed to do was hammer the fact a Democrat is in control of those 4 Tennessee cities like any city with a Democrat in control is bad. Well here are the Top 6 cities in that list nationwide. Seems Democrats are not all bad:

    Nampa, Idaho
    Mayor: Bob Henry REPUBLICAN

    Provo, Utaha
    Mayor: John Curtis REPUBLICAN

    Boise, Idaho
    Mayor: Davie Bieter DEMOCRAT

    Missoula, Montana
    Mayor: John Engen DEMOCRAT

    Lexington, Kentucky
    Mayor: Jim Gray DEMOCRAT

    Las Cruces, New Mexico
    Mayor: Ken Miyagishima DEMOCRAT

  6. John Guidry

    Who runs the top 5cities

  7. pat

    Well there is a woman running this town and she ain’t doing so good.. and we all know why.. just read the papers another Hillary in the making with not far to go.

  8. king jack

    Democrat girly men.

  9. Daniel Jenkins

    Knoxville has an urban wilderness,lol

  10. nuthinmuffin

    if only women were able to run things, every thing would be so much better…

    1. Ummmm………………….scroll up and review the pictures of the mayors!

    2. Julie McCrary

      Nashville and Knoxville ARE run by women!

    3. Bill in Tennessee

      I can’t tell if that’s sarcasm or stupidity.