This edition of the MEI heralds the largest number of perfect-scoring cities in the MEI’s eight-year history. This year, 88 cities earned the maximum score of 100 points, up from 78 cities last year and just 11 in 2012. What’s more, the national city average this year jumped to a record high of 60 points (up from 58 last year), marking the third year in a row that the national average has increased. This demonstrates that cities all across the country understand their core duty to protect the health, safety, and well-being of residents by ensuring equality in housing, the workplace, and the community at large.
94,237,171 Total Population Rated
38 state averages grew since last year, with Kansas and Wisconsin leading the pack. Impressively, every region of the country experienced a mean city score increase this year. The Great Lakes and Mountain regions saw the highest average city score growth, increasing by four points since the last report. Cities in the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic regions outperformed cities in all other regions, averaging 75 points this year. Municipalities in the West ranked just below this with a mean city score of 72.
Learn about the 2020 MEI scorecard, read our standards of credit, and submit your city to be rated.