A new study shows Columbia to be in the top half of the best-run cities in the nation. The capital city ranked 67th out of a total of the 150 largest U.S. cities based on operating efficiency in a study conducted by personal finance website WalletHub.
Charleston ranked several spots ahead of Columbia, taking the 46th spot, according to the study.
Each city was given a quality of services score that was divided by the total budget per capita to construct a score per dollar spent index.
WalletHub used 35 metrics to grade financial stability, education, health, safety, economy and infrastructure and pollution.
Columbia and Charleston ranked as follows:
Infrastructure and pollution
Quality of services (Score)
Budget per capita
The top-ranked city was Nampa, Idaho, which had a quality service rank of 70 but a top-ranked total budget per capita.