WalletHub, a personal finance website, is back with another list that is none too flattering to South Florida cities.
In rating the “most caring cities in America,” WalletHub weighed 36 metrics using data from federal agencies, local philanthropic organizations and popular apps such as Yelp. Cities were compared across three key dimensions: caring for the community, caring for the vulnerable and caring for the workforce.
Some of the metrics used were charitable giving, favors to neighbors, percentage of sheltered homeless, crime rates, poverty rates, food and clothing distribution to the needy, physicians, nurses and mental health counselors per capita, availability of paid family leave and volunteering hours per capita.
Only two South Florida cities – Hialeah and Miami – cracked the top 100 and just barely at Numbers 92 and 94, respectfully.
Madison, Wis. was ranked as the most caring city in America followed by Virginia Beach, Va.; Lincoln, Neb.; Boston; Jersey City, N.J.; Pittsburgh; Chesapeake, Va.; Fremont, Calif.; St. Paul, Minn. and Seattle.
Tampa was the top ranked Florida city, checking in a No. 51. Other Florida cities included Jacksonville (67), St. Petersburg (72) and Orlando (80).
Miami and Hialeah were rated among the worst cities in the category of fewest volunteering hours per capita, while Tampa and St. Petersburg scored high marks in the same category.
Based in Washington, D.C. WalletHub recently ranked Fort Lauderdale the least safe city in America.