The 2020 MEI reflects the largest number of top-scoring municipalities in the MEI’s nine year history. 94 cities earned the maximum score of 100 points this year, up from 88 cities last year and just 11 in 2012. What’s more, the national city score average jumped to a record high of 64 points (up from 60 last year), marking the fourth consecutive year of national average increases as well as the highest year over year national average growth ever.
94,237,171 Total Population Rated
38 state averages increased since the 2019 MEI. North Dakota, Nebraska, Virginia, and Kansas had the top four highest state average increases.
Learn about the 2021 MEI scorecard, read our standards of credit, and submit your city to be rated.