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24/7 Wall St.: The Best- and Worst-Run Cities in America

Best-Run Cities

1. Plano, Texas

Population: 271,380
Credit rating: Aaa, no outlook
Violent crime per 1,000 people: 1.62 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment rate: 6.9% (13th lowest)

Plano, based in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, is the best-run city in America. Among households in the city, 14% earned over $200,000 in 2011, the fourth-highest proportion of all cities. Meanwhile, a mere 1.9% of households earned under $10,000, which was the second-lowest of all cities. The city’s 1.62 violent crimes per 1,000 people is the second-lowest of all large cities. Plano is home to many corporate headquarters, including J.C. Penney and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. These companies are among the 10 largest employers in the city. The city appears to be largely unaffected by the housing crisis. The median home price rose by more than 5% between 2007 and 2011, while the national median price fell by more than 10%.
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