Fremont Makes “Top 10 Best-Run Cities” List

Fremont has made the Top 10 on a list of “Best-Run Cities,” according to 24/7 Wall Street, an investment news website. It’s yet another time Fremont has made another positive “Top 10 City” list.

According to a story by the International Business Times, Fremont was ranked 4th in the nation — sandwiched between Madison, Wis. (3rd), and Lincoln, Neb. (5th). The criteria included having a local government that encourages businesses to prosper and create job, high rates of high school graduates, along with low crime and poverty rates. The list’s No. 1 city is Virginia Beach, Va., and the only “big city” to make the list is Seattle, which ranked 7th.

It’s easy to be cynical about these lists — when I do a story like this,  I frequently hear, “Yeah, but what does it really mean?” In addition, people with axes to grind with current leaders might argue, “Yeah, but think where we’d rank if we maximized all of our opportunties.”

I think these lists, as easy as they are to mock and as inaccurate as they sometimes are, are vital in the PR war, especially among similar Bay cities clustered together, jostling for attention and businesses. The more kudos you get, the stronger your arsenal for business recruitment.

I grew up in Healdsburg back when the tiny country town was a forgotten backwater. In those days, nobody went to Healdsburg, unless they got lost on the way to Santa Rosa. But in 1989, Newsweek magazine did a national feature on California and included a sidebar on Healdsburg, calling it (I’m paraphrasing) a wine-country oasis. Within a decade or so of that gushing national exposure, Healdsburg became an international tourist destination.  I’m sure other factors played a role in that development, but there’s no question that the Newsweek blurb was a demarcation point.

I know some will disagree with the “Best Run” tag the city received. Either way, with the economy showing signs of life — finally — I’m sure Fremont’s leaders will be excited to tout this latest kudo.

Chris DeBenedetti


  1. Oh goodness – how embarassing.

    Woulda been better off to never have said anything then to admit that you didn’t even know about your own success for (going on nearly) a full year!

    And who the heck is “24/7 Wall Street” anyway ?

    For those of you willing to compare “Newsweek” to something called “24/7 Wall Street” – – –

    I subscribe to Newsweek.

    I read Newsweek.

    Newsweek is a friend of mine.

    24/7 Wall Street, you’re cetainly no Newsweek.

  2. encourageing businesses to prosper and creating jobs is going to be a little more difficult now that anti-development crowd has got their extremist candidate elected to the city council. it’s a good thing anu, bill and sue got whole foods *developers* to commit to fremont before these extremists were in a position to kill this project as they have done in the past.

  3. Since we’re in the mood to make reference to random lists of distinguishing facts from obscure authors, let’s add to the list –

    According to the Tax Foundation, a non-partisan tax research group out of Washington D.C, Fremont is amongst the 10 worst large (pop > 200k) cities IN THE COUNTRY when evaluated on the combined state, county, and city sales taxes – this list of dubious distinction includes – Birmingham, AL (10%), Montgomery, AL (10%), Long Beach, CA (9.75%), Los Angeles, CA (9.75%), Oakland, CA (9.75%), Fremont, CA (9.75%), Chicago, IL (9.75%), Glendale, AZ (9.6%), Seattle, WA (9.5%) and San Francisco, CA (9.5%).

    But this little factoid isn’t going to make the press.

    Why is that?

    Reference :


  4. Some rainy-day humor –

    Only one “Best run” city (seattle) built a stadium, but, three of the “Worst run” cities (Miami, St Louis and – oooh the creme dela creme – Cleveland!!) all have built stadeeumms.

    In conclusion, those cities who are management-challenged are three times as likely to have built one of these things, but, those who are led by smart people appear to build these things far less frequently.

    Why would that be?

    But, perhaps this is chicken/egg stuff – you know maybe the stadium is the cause and the quality of the civic management is the effect. Now, in that case, maybe smart people avoid the relative “opportunity” of managing cities which have a stadeeumm and in so doing, leave the decsion making in *those* communities to, shall we say, less gifted individuals.

    Come to think of it, Oakland might be a great confirmation of that particular hypothesis . . . . . I should ping my friend Matt Artz who now covers Oaksterland politics and see what he thinks of this notion.

  5. #6… and they all made their communities better and more interesting places to live.
    conclusion #1… stadiums and major league sports franchises=jobs, tax revenue and civic pride.
    conclusion #2… the anti-dveelopment crowd and their leader vinnie b got it wrong and will *never* get it right.

  6. #10…bruce, just noticed your dog running running around unleashed…sos!

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