Fremont Named Fifth Best Run City in America

The annual report by 24/7 Wall St. ranks cities based on crime, poverty and education, among other factors.

National financial news website 24/7 Wall St. has ranked Fremont No. 5 in its annual “Best Run Cities in America” report. 

The study ranks the 100 largest cities in the country based on factors such as poverty, education, crime, unemployment, credit rating and regional gross domestic product.

According to the report, Fremont was selected because, “It has one of the most educated and high-earning populations in America, with over 51 percent of residents age 25 and older holding a college degree in 2011.”

In 2011, the median household income was $92,664 — the highest among large cities in the U.S., according to 24/7 Wall St. 

The report also gives a nod to Fremont’s low crime rate — 1.77 violent crimes per 1,000 people — and the city’s strong manufacturing base, naming Western Digital, Seagate and Tesla Motors among the larger operations in Fremont. 

Fremont is the only Bay Area city in the top 10 list. San Francisco is the closest, ranking 11th with Irvine, the only other California city to make break the top 10 threshold, ranking No. 3. 

Plano, Texas was ranked the best run city in the nation, with Madison, Wis. in second place.

Last year, Fremont was named the No.1 city for tech start-ups, according to SizeUp.com, and the in the nation in a Readers Digest report.

See the complete “Best and Worst Run Cities in America” list here.


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Leah Duke January 18, 2013 at 02:36 AM
This all sounds great until you look around Fremont and find terrible roads, overgrown medians and trees along the roads, trip on sidewalks that are raised because of tree roots, or slip on goose poop at a local park because the goose and duck population is out of control. The over abundance of homes and lack of centralized shopping throughout the city is a sign of poor planning and execution.
Carson674 January 22, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Lithium ion batteries are blowing up, starting fires and, generally, destroying people’s homes, cars, electronics and physical health. Boeing was just ordered to stop flying the 787 Dreamliner because it's Lithium ion batteries are catching fire spontaneously. A group of silicon valley venture capitalists forced/leveraged the government to buy and pay for these specific batteries, that they have stock in, in order to benefit their profit margins. Other batteries don’t have these problems. They knew about this from day one but put greed ahead of safety.
Carson674 January 22, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Tesla Motors has filed a patent which states the following , THESE ARE TESLA MOTORS WORDS warning about a crisis, the level of which they never disclosed to the consumer: “Thermal runaway is of major concern , bodily harm or loss of life. , then a single thermal runaway event can quickly lead to the thermal runaway of multiple cells which, in turn, can lead to much more extensive collateral damage. Regardless of whether a single cell or multiple cells are undergoing this phenomenon, if the initial fire is not extinguished immediately, subsequent fires may be caused that dramatically expand the degree of property damage. For example, the thermal runaway of a battery within an unattended laptop will likely result in not only the destruction of the laptop, but also at least partial destruction of its surroundings, e.g., home, office, car, laboratory, etc. If the laptop is on-board an aircraft, for example within the cargo hold or a luggage compartment, the ensuing smoke and fire may lead to an emergency landing or, under more dire conditions, a crash landing. Similarly, the thermal runaway of one or more batteries within the battery pack of a hybrid or electric vehicle may destroy not only the car, but may lead to a car wreck if the car is being driven or the destruction of its surroundings if the car is parked.” WTF!!!


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