Our friends at WalletHub have done the research and it seems as though Bismarck runs like a well-oiled machine (oil pun not intended).

WalletHub has come out with a list of the "Best Run Cities in America" and Bismarck comes in the top ten at 8th on the list. Bismarck wasn't even the only North Dakota city in the top 15 on the list. Apparently, Fargo is the 12th best run city in America.

Much of the research done by WalletHub's analysts was based on each city's operating efficiency. This was done by comparing quality of services residents receive against the city's total budget. In terms of that 'quality of services,' Bismarck finished 2nd overall while Fargo finished 9th.

Other determining factors that helped land Bismarck as the 8th best run city are: lowest unemployment rate (tied for 1st with Fargo), highest median-household income (5th), and least air pollution (5th).

Only the following cities listed below finished ahead of Bismarck:

  1. Nampa, ID
  2. Provo, UT
  3. Boise, ID
  4. Missoula, MT
  5. Lexington-Fayette, KY
  6. Las Cruses, NM
  7. Billings, MT

A map showing where all the cities on the list rank can be seen below.

Source: WalletHub