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Sep
29
2015
A website ranked us near the bottom of some list they made up, then got the media to bite on it, and here’s what we have to say about that

The City invites those interested in the subject to take the following test: Look up the study’s top-ranked city, Odessa, Texas, and then bottom-ranked Carson, Calif., on Wikipedia or CityData. Then ask yourself, if you had a choice of moving to either location from Yuma, would you?

A website, WalletHub.com, released a set of rankings pitting Yuma as 514th out of 515 cities in what they define as “city growth.” Although “city growth” is neither a comprehensive nor useful measurement of quality of life in Yuma, the City of Yuma cannot comment on WalletHub’s findings, because staff members cannot validate the source material they’ve used.

The City of Yuma has requested the underlying data and sources behind this group’s numbers, and so far has only received only a spreadsheet containing rankings they’ve assigned in the various categories they used. Furthermore, the rankings listed on the spreadsheet they provided do not match rankings they provided to local media: For example, Yuma is listed 513th in terms of population growth in the report they provided media, while Yuma is ranked 209th in that same category in the spreadsheet they provided the City of Yuma.

The City invites those interested in the subject to take the following test: Look up the study’s top-ranked city, Odessa, Texas, and then bottom-ranked Carson, Calif., on Wikipedia or CityData. Then ask yourself, if you had a choice of moving to either location from Yuma, would you?

Other statistical curiosities arise upon further examination of the listed rankings. Yuma trails bankrupt Detroit, for example, and Rapid City, S.D. scores within three points of Irvine, Calif.

“The community contrast is not as remarkable as the hype promoted by this ‘analysis’,” said Kevin Wilkins, Economic Development Administrator for the City of Yuma.

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