Miami Named Worst-Run City in America, Hialeah is Tenth

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Congratulations Miami-Dade County! We're home to not one, but two of the ten worst-run cities in the entire United States of America. The City of Miami came first on 24/7 Wall Street's list. That would be bad enough, but citizens of Miami proper may be even more devastated ;to find that their city is explicitly worse-run than Hialeah. The City of Progress came in 10th on the list.

To compiled the list of Best and Worst-run cities in America, 24/7 Wall Street "reviewed the local economies, fiscal discipline and standard of living of the 100 largest cities by population to determine how well each is managed." The fact that only the 100 larges cities in America were taking into account means that only Miami and Hialeah are the only Miami-Dade municipalities that would have been considered

Here's the stats that put Hialeah at tenth:
> Violent crime per 1,000 people: 4.36 (26th lowest)
> Poverty rate: 22.1% (35th highest)
> Adult population graduated from high school: 68.6% (5th lowest)
> Credit rating: not rated
> Population: 225,461
While the sites notes that Hialeah is in somewhat better shape than Miami overall, its 15% unemployment rate and its staggering rate of adult with health insurance (only 28.6% of Hialeahans have health insurance) are particularly troubling.

Miami, meanwhile, has these stats to thank for putting it number one with a bullet.
> Violent crime per 1,000 people: 11.08 (13th highest)
> Poverty rate: 32.4% (5th highest)
> Adult population graduated from high school: 68.2% (4th lowest)
> Credit rating: A2 (stable outlook)
> Population: 400,892
The site finds that many of Miami's problems may have to do with its staggeringly high levels of economic inequality: "Despite the city's wealth, Miami's median household income of $27,291 is the third smallest among the 100 biggest cities. Its poverty rate of 32.4% is the fifth highest."

Perhaps we should look for some tips from Virginia Beach, Virginia. The site ranked it America's best city.

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Jameil Desiree Burroughs
Jameil Desiree Burroughs

Miami’s low ratings are due to the fact that Miami is run by a lot of greedy crooked people. We are suffering here. The politicians rob us and the police bully us here. They put up, tolls everywhere, they allow people to buy parts of Miami so they can make money off of it’s communities by taxing for everything. The education is poor because they focus on how they can make more money of us and our children instead of actually teaching our children. Our children aren’t taught anymore how to think for themselves but more on how to be a good worker for others. Everyone is making money off of the citizens of the city of miami except the citizens and we are all suffering. They entrap our men and sons so they can lock them up and make money off of them and their families. Miami is suffering because it is being run by corruption and greed and no one seems to care. People complain but act as if there is nothing they can do about it. Just a few days ago my family and household was violated by the police. They committed treason in a sense because they violated several of our constitutional rights as American Citizens. Our rights are being violated everyday and everyday they find ways to strip away our freedom. Miami is not a glamorous place for many of the people who live here and work here. Jobs, Politicians, police, companies, housing, etc are being allowed to take full advantage with no recourse. Most of the crime is committed by the so-called law givers. If you want to know what’s really going on here, start asking the citizens in some of these lower neighborhoods. Miami is a slave city and we are all being used from the adults down to the children. The rappers from here aren't rapping about the truth of what's going on because they too, are to busy making money. See the pattern here? We have a city full of beautiful people that truly want to live free, make money and live peacefully, that are slowly being drained, sucked dry and destroyed. The police here make it there business to get our sons while they are young, so they can have a criminal record at an early age instead of teaching them better. I pray to God everyday for thing to get better here.

Jameil Desiree Burroughs
Jameil Desiree Burroughs

and F.Y.I. the water doesn't make us dumb here it just helps to dry out our skin and give us cancers. Discrimination in education makes us that. You have upper class areas with the better schools that offer better programs and lower class areas with the problem schools. They have taken most of the activities that could create better thinking people out of lower class area schools and replaced them with the FCAT. They are making it hard for those of us parents who want better educations for our kids by forcing us to send our kids to these bad schools because they wont let us decide where we want our kids to go. They are training our children to be workers and slaves not self thinkers and highly educated individuals. Those that pass that issue is due to them being lucky enough to have family that knew enough to teach them beyond the mess the schools teach. Before people judge the mental state of the children and people here, they should look at the educators first and the people that could make our schools better but refuse to. If their are any teachers here that care anymore to teach beyond the usual garbage, they are being silenced to only teaching the FCAT by threats of being fired,. which means they only care about their paychecks, not teaching people better.

Jameil Desiree Burroughs
Jameil Desiree Burroughs

Miami’s low ratings are due to the fact that Miami is run by a lot of greedy crooked people. We are suffering here. The politicians rob us and the police bully us here. They put up, tolls everywhere, they allow people to buy parts of Miami so they can make money off of it’s communities by taxing for everything. The education is poor because they focus on how they can make more money of us and our children instead of actually teaching our children. Our children aren’t taught anymore how to think for themselves but more on how to be a good worker for others. Everyone is making money off of the citizens of the city of miami except the citizens and we are all suffering. They entrap our men and sons so they can lock them up and make money off of them and their families. Miami is suffering because it is being run by corruption and greed and no one seems to care. People complain but act as if there is nothing they can do about it. Just a few days ago my family and household was violated by the police. They committed treason in a sense because they violated several of our constitutional rights as American Citizens. Our rights are being violated everyday and everyday they find ways to strip away our freedom. Miami is not a glamorous place for many of the people who live here and work here. Jobs, Politicians, police, companies, housing, etc are being allowed to take full advantage with no recourse. Most of the crime is committed by the so-called law givers. If you want to know what’s really going on here, start asking the citizens in some of these lower neighborhoods. Miami is a slave city and we are all being used from the adults down to the children. The rappers from here aren't rapping about the truth of what's going on because they too, are to busy making money. See the pattern here? We have a city full of beautiful people that truly want to live free, make money and live peacefully, that are slowly being drained, sucked dry and destroyed. The police here make it there business to get our sons while they are young, so they can have a criminal record at an early age instead of teaching them better. I pray to God everyday for thing to get better here.

Me
Me

Typo... I have yet to have a job interview where I don't need to speak fluent Spanish..

Me
Me

Why is there a semicolon between devastated and to? I have not lived in Miami long, but am already trying to relocate out back into the United States. I've met a lot of Cubans who speak perfect English and told me they are trying to get the hell out of Miami also. They are disgusted that the city is run like third world Cuba. I have yet to have a job interview where I need to speak fluent Spanish. It's ridiculous!

sadformycity
sadformycity

WOW. Can the next piece please be about Miami having the worst edited papers in the America?  You don't have to be a grammar snob to feel sad reading this piece.  And worse, in the seven days since this was first posted, NOTHING has been changed!

Dexter305
Dexter305

Just don't allow more Cubans to come here and abuse of the system..............in fact don't allow any more latinos in the city..........they are rude, uneducated and a bunch of criminals........

urbanme
urbanme

Don't forget the mother of all of the corruption and hypocrisy in Florida, the city of Miami Beach.   The mob mayor Bower is back for the second term with her criminal friends to milk the last drops for their oblivious residents and business, and warming up for another round of attacks on gays and blacks by her corrupt overpaid racist homophobic police department.  Now it's tricky though, they appointed more gays and blacks in the police to be brutal and corrupt so no one can pin a discrimination charge against them.  Yes there are always people who for $100K salary and extra union protections will sell their own mother.  Corruption comes in all colors and orientations.  Always call FBI and report South Florida police misconduct, most of these officers are criminals that are thieving your taxes from you to do nothing but attack and intimidate civilians.  Lets hope that soon all ether assets will be taken away from them and they are all in jail.

port largo
port largo

I come from Michigan, now living in the keys. To say that Miami is run worse than Detroit is a major slap in the face.  

Miami Corruption
Miami Corruption

With Miami being run by the corrupt Tomas Regalado and the corrupt Marky Sarnoff what do you expect?

delta fox xray
delta fox xray

I used to defend Miami when people outside of this city would call it a "3rd World City".  People who were usually stopping by; tourists, visitors from more anglo-states with very little racial makeup, college students, and much worse, the remaining Natives/anglo's who are proud and quick to point out that their ancestors help found and establish Miami before the 1980's.  But alas, it's hard to defend a city that does an amazing Plaxico Burress imitation by shooting itself in the leg over and over again. 

Miami isn't a city, it's a town.  It's a town run by cliques, established from the hispanic/latino elite that were formed back in the 5/6 catholic high schools spread out through the suburbs.  These are our version of "townies", as referred to in the New England vernacular.  Look at the pedigrees that have produced most of our current mayor's, commissioners, senators, and state represenatives.  Years have gone by, faces have changed but the problems remain, while the politicial clique, or junta, has continued to line its pockets.  You are either in this crowd, which means you will do well for yourself, or you're on the outside looking in.  Read your latin american civ, or just keep up with the politics of Central and South America for the last 100 years.  The similarities are astonishing. 

The citizens of this town are hard pressed due to the lack of diverse economy.  Miami has been a fixture of tourism since the snowbird thought it would be a good idea to spend the holidays on the bright sunny beaches of Miami Beach(which is not Miami by the way).  Business have been less reluctant to flock down here, and who can blame them?  Bad schools. Corrupt government that gives no breaks to business. Poorly run government agencies, and an overall sense of vanity and rudeness doesn't make for a good selling point. You can only use the line, "But hey, it's really sunny here, the weather is great, and they film Burn Notice here!" so many times.

Miami: what you see is what you get.  A city glorified by violence and sex, clubbing and cars, Art Basel and the 1%.  The apathy here runs rampant. Don't believe me? Go take a look at our "Occupy Miami" movement. Many have given up, and left this place for good. Unfortunately, it's usually the educated who have been given opportunities to rise someplace else.  Perhaps there will come a time where the leaders of this city will give opportunities to others to help turn this town into something much more than a 21st century Gilded Age.

What's going on?
What's going on?

I've always believed there's been something in the water in miami. It's like it makes people dumb there... hence hialeah being only one step ahead of miami.

Flavster Titmawz
Flavster Titmawz

Are you surprised? We live in a city that inhabited mostly by assholes and some of those assholes get to make decisions... Become better citizens and everything will improve.

Katie Rubio
Katie Rubio

As a citizen of Hialeah for the past 25 years (excluding my time in Gainesville), I can say the city sucks. We've been burglarized multiple times, carjacked in broad daylight, stalked by old perverts, and the list goes on. I will soon make my way up North to America. However, the list only takes into account the 100 largest cities in America. There are many other cities that 'suck' far more than Hialeah.

In regards to the income, I wonder if the researchers took into account the number of viejitos, most of which are on fixed incomes, that live here in comparison to the other cities. A median household income of about 27K sounds low. Who can live off that?

On another note, I'm no writer, but did anyone have to read this twice: "...its staggering rate of adult with health insurance." Hmm, don't these people have proofreaders or editors?

I could go on and on, but my lunch break is nearing its end, and as a PRODUCTIVE citizen of Hialeah, I need to get back to work-trying to convince people to WORK instead of collecting unemployment. No easy task. Interesting article, but I don't think it is entirely accurate.

Bronson
Bronson

Also the worst-educated? Proofread your work, for chrissakes.

michael wind
michael wind

perhaps it is time to recall all the politician in miami dade starting with bay harbor islands the epicenter of white collar crime....

sengroo
sengroo

Well that makes a lot of sense when you think about it. Wow.www.Total-Privacy dot US

ERIC JOHNSON
ERIC JOHNSON

Great article, but one minor correction regarding Hialeah.   It was written that Hialeah residents, 28.6% of them to be exact, have health insureance..  I beg to differ.. When you have government subsidy such as medicaid to cover all your medical needs why is this not counted????  Two lexus cars and a mercedes out front and medicaid for all residents inside the house..  Just cant figure how this blatant abuse is allowed...   The survey needs to include, out of fairness of course, how many residents have any kind of insurance...........

Thomas Posauner
Thomas Posauner

guess this is not a vacation spot anymore for some time

Eva Jordon
Eva Jordon

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Mari
Mari

I don't know what's worse, the news or the typos.

Theonesole
Theonesole

Lets also not forget Officer Jesus Barrenchea who drunkenly drove wrong way up ramp, hit someone and then left the scene of the crime all the while collecting insurance money..and was dismissed of all charges.

Ralph
Ralph

go fuck yourself.

Sameoldshit
Sameoldshit

 Best description of Miami EVER.  Of course I am sure that the cultural "elite" (read: the aforementioned high school attendees) would take offense, but that doesn't change the facts.

Never in my life have I heard of a city run by relationships created in high schools.  Speaks volumes, actually.

Blackberri
Blackberri

The typos alone make our ranking that much more obvious and painful. SMH.

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