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Best Cities for an Active Lifestyle

WalletHub ranked the 100 most populated cities in the U.S. based on how well they accommodate or encourage an active lifestyle. They analyzed 24 key metrics, ranging from the average monthly fitness club fee to the number of sports clubs per capita. The following cities were ranked in the top 100 overall Scottsdale #27, Phoenix #35, Glendale #59, Mesa #71, Chandler #79, Gilbert #86, an Tucson #24. (January 2018

Phoenix Most Generous City

The 13th annual national study by independent watchdog group, Charity Navigator ranked 30 of the largest U.S. metro areas according to their philanthropy. Phoenix came in at No.12. The study is a snapshot of the city’s generosity as well as the health and efficiency of its’ nonprofit scene. (December 2017)

ASU Earns ‘Military Friendly School’ Accolade

Arizona State University has been designated as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine. The designation provided service members and their families with transparent, data driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities (November 2017)

Arizona Top Digital Cities

The center for Digital Government announced the winners of the 2017 Digital Cities Survey. In its 17th year, the annual survey recognizes cities using technology to improve citizen’s services, enhance transparency and encourage citizen engagement. The survey honors cities in five population categories. In the 500,000 and more population category, the City of Phoenix tied for 7th and Tucson is 9th. In the 250,000 – 499,999 population category the City of Chandler is 6th and the City of Mesa is 8th. (November 2017)

Arizona State University Third in US for International Students

For the third consecutive year, Arizona State University is hosting more international students than any public university in the country. More than 13,000 international students called ASU home for at least part of the 2016-2017 school year. The Institute of International Education, the world’s largest international training and education nonprofit organization, published the “2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange” in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. (November 2017)

Arizona’s Three State Universities Best for Vets

Arizona State University ranked No.78, University of Arizona ranked No.51 and Northern Arizona University ranked No.47 among the top universities in the nation for military and veteran students according to Military Times. The publication released its 2017 list of the top 130 four year universities. ASU online placed No.8 on a separate ranking of the top 20 online and nontraditional schools. (November 2017)

Arizona #4 in Future Job Growth

As part of Forbes‘ annual Best States for Job Growth, they looked at 35 factors to determine the best and worst states, including projected employment. The United States is projected to add 10 million jobs over the next five years, according to Moody’s Analytics. Arizona is expected to have job growth at 2.2% annually. (November 2017)

ASU and UA Among Nation’s top ‘Bicycle Friendly Universities’

ASU and UA have been named one of the most bike friendly universities in the country. ASU and UA made the list in the Gold category. The League of American Bicyclists, an advocacy organization that protects and provides education on the rights and safety of bicyclists, aims to make the country more aware of the benefits of riding bicycles. Out of 182 universities ASU and UA were recognized by the organization and two of 20 to receive gold status. (November 2017)

Arizona Strikes Gold with Two Wheels

Tempe, Scottsdale and Tucson & East Pima Region are among only 29 cities in the US that received the Gold recognition by the League of American Bicyclists. The League of American Bicyclists ranked 430 communities from all 50 states, and of those communities, 29 were designated as gold-level and 5 as platinum-level. The League of American Bicyclists rankings are based on a range of criteria that reward areas such as new policies, advocacy, legal protections and infrastructure. The League of American Bicyclists also issues a report card for each state, including a feedback section. (November 2017)

ASU and UA Ranked Among Elite 100 World Universities

Arizona State University is in the top 0.5% (#110) and the University of Arizona is in the top 0.3% (#75) rankings among the top elite world universities in the world in 2017. The Center for World Rankings (CWUR) publishes the only global university performance tables that measure the quality of education and training of students, as well as the prestige of the faculty and the quality of their research, without relying on surveys and university data submissions. (October 2017)

ASU and UA Named Among Top Universities in the Country

ASU placed 48th and UA placed 71st overall in Washington Monthly magazine’s 2017 college rankings. Schools are rated based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). (October 2017)

Arizona Blue Ribbon School

US Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon School program has recognized 5 Arizona schools with the Blue Ribbon Award The honor recognizes outstanding public and non-public schools that achieve high levels of overall academic excellence or make significant improvements in closing the achievement gap with student subgroups. The Arizona Blue Ribbon Schools named in 2017 are: Acacia Elementary School in Vail, Arizona College Preparatory Oakland Campus in Chandler, Franklin at Brimhall Elementary School in Mesa, Palm Valley Elementary School in Litchfield Park and Seton Catholic Preparatory in Chandler. (October 2017)

ASU and UA Named in Times Higher Education World University Rankings
Arizona State University ranked No. 126 and The University of Arizona is ranked No. 161 in the annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2017-18. The list includes the best global universities and is the only international university performance tables to judge world class universities across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The top universities rankings employ 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available, which are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments. (October 2017)

ASU Made the Annual “Reuters Top 100 — World’s Most Innovative Universities”

For the first time, Arizona State University has been recognized as one of the world’s most innovative universities. Published by the media company Thomson Reuters, the list identifies and ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technology and power new markets and industries. ASU was ranked 85th. (September 2017)

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Ranks Among Highest

J.D. Power has released the results of its 2017 North America Airport Satisfaction Study. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport was tied for the third highest for overall satisfaction among “mega airports”. The study measured overall traveler satisfaction examined six factors in order of importance: terminal facilities, airport accessibility, security check; baggage claim, check-in/baggage check, food, beverage and retail. On a 1,000 point scale, Sky Harbor scored 756 which was tie with McCarran International in Las Vegas. (September 2017)

Arizona State Parks Brings Home the Gold

Arizona State Parks and Trails was named the “Best in the U.S.” and brought home the Gold Medal for Arizona. In May, Arizona was selected as one of the Final Four for the National Recreation and Park Association Gold Medal Award for the best managed state park system in the nation. Over the last two years, Arizona State Parks and Trails has established a self-sufficient funding structure, achieved record visitation and revenue and implemented a plan to reinvest in the system and create new parks. (September 2017)

Four Arizona Cities Among the Most Fun Cities in the U.S.

According to WalletHub, four cities in Arizona landed on the list of the top 50 U.S. cities named as the Most Fun. Wallethub defined a place as fun as one that packs a little bit of everything for everyone. The study compared the 150 largest U.S. cities based on 58 key metrics. They range from fitness centers per capita to movie costs to average open hours of breweries. The Arizona cities on the list include Tucson No. 26, Scottsdale No. 31, Tempe No. 38 and Phoenix No. 47. (September 2017)

ASU and UA Top Green Schools

Participation in Sierra Magazine’s, Cool Schools ranking is open to all four-year, degree-granting undergraduate colleges and universities in the United States. Arizona State University ranked 6 and the University of Arizona ranked 162 out of the 201 schools that submitted completed responses by the deadline. Each year, school administrators participate by going to to complete an extensive questionnaire about their campus sustainability practices. The survey, officially called the Campus Sustainability Data Collector, is the result of the collaborative efforts of four organizations: the Sierra Club, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI), and the Princeton Review. (September 2017)

Arizona State University Receives Procurement Award

ASU has received the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute. Arizona State University is one of 14 agencies in the United States and Canada to receive the award. The cities that received the Award include: City of Chandler, City of Maricopa, City of Mesa, and the City of Scottsdale. Award Criteria are designed to measure innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity and leadership attributes to the procurement function. (September 2017)

ASU Ranked Tops Nationally

Recognized by the Best Colleges 2018 edition of U.S. News & World Report, Arizona State University was nationally ranked No. 115 (tie) among all universities and No. 53 (tie) among public universities The following are additional rankings. (September 2017)

U.S. News Best College Rankings

  • #115 National Universities
  • #12 Undergraduate Management
  • #70 (tie) Best College for Veterans
  • #106 (tie) High School Counselor Rankings
  • #53 (tie)Top Public School
  • #27 Business School
  • #40 (tie) Engineering
  • #4 (tie) Supply Chain Management/Logistics
  • #1 Most Innovative Schools
  • #110 Best Value Schools

U.S. News Best Grad School Rankings

  • #25 (tie) Best Business Schools
  • #33 (tie) Part-time MBA
  • #3 Supply Chain Management/Logistics
  • #11 Best Education Schools
  • #42 (tie) Best Engineering Schools
  • #25 Best Law Schools
  • #10 Dispute Resolution
  • #6 Legal Writing
  • #19 (tie) Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • #31 (tie) Best Nursing Schools: Master’s
  • #9 Audiology
  • #55 Biological Sciences
  • #60 Chemistry
  • #47 Chemical Engineering
  • #41 Clinical Psychology
  • #48 Computer Science
  • #20 Earth Sciences
  • #42 Economics
  • #60 English
  • #20 Fine Arts
  • #7 Ceramics
  • #9 Photography
  • #5 Print Making
  • #69 History
  • #60 Math
  • #50 Physics
  • #51 Political Science
  • #39 Psychology
  • #13 Public Affairs
  • #4 City Management and Urban Policy
  • #7 Environmental Policy and Management
  • #5 Information and Technology Management
  • #9 Nonprofit Management
  • #11 Public Finance and Budgeting
  • #11 Public Management Administration
  • #22 Public Policy Analysis
  • #32 Social Work
  • #67 Sociology
  • #17 Speech-Language Pathology
  • #63 Statistics

U.S. News Best Online Programs Rankings

  • #4 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • #5 Best Online MBA Programs
  • #2 (tie) Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)
  • #5 Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs
  • #36 Best Online Graduate Education Programs
  • #11 Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs

U.S. News Best Global University Rankings

  • #121 Best Global Universities
  • #65 Arts and Humanities
  • #147 Biology and Biochemistry
  • #183 Chemistry
  • #75 Computer Science
  • #24 Economics and Business
  • #119 Engineering
  • #44 Environment/Ecology
  • #81 Geosciences
  • #192 Materials Science
  • #168 Mathematics
  • #301 (tie) Physics
  • #127 Plant and Animal Science
  • #82 Psychiatry/Psychology
  • #37 Social Sciences and Public Health
  • #128 Space Science

UA Recognized Nationally

Recognized by the Best Colleges 2018 edition of U.S. News & World Report, The University of Arizona was nationally ranked No.124 (tie) among all universities and No. 58 among public universities. (September 2017)

U.S. News Best College Rankings

  • #124(tie) National Universities
  • #21 Business Programs
  • #10 Entrepreneurship
  • #3 Management Information Systems
  • #58 Top Public Schools
  • #90 (tie) High School Counselor Rankings
  • #78 Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #49 (tie) Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs
  • #102 Best Value Schools

U.S. News Best Grad School Rankings

  • #49 Best Business Schools
  • #4 Information Systems
  • #46 Part-time MBA
  • #57 Best Education Schools
  • #54 Best Engineering Schools
  • #48 Best Law Schools
  • #76 Best Medical Schools: Primary Care
  • #67 (tie) Best Medical Schools: Research
  • #26 Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • #41 (tie) Best Nursing Schools: Master’s
  • #9 Audiology
  • #38 Biological Sciences
  • #41 Chemistry
  • #9 Analytical
  • #31 Clinical Psychology
  • #40 Computer Science
  • #7 Earth Sciences
  • #3 Geology
  • #8 Geophysics and Seismology
  • #42 Economics
  • #77 English
  • #55 Fine Arts
  • #9 Photography
  • #63 History
  • #22 Library and Information Studies
  • #41 Math
  • #16 Pharmacy
  • #39 Physics
  • #9 Atomic / Molecular / Optical
  • #51 Political Science
  • #45 (tie) Psychology
  • #34 Public Affairs
  • #24 Public Management Administration
  • #25 Public Health
  • #6 Rehabilitation Counseling
  • #24 (tie) Sociology
  • #5 Social Psychology
  • #7 Speech-Language Pathology

U.S. News Best Online Programs Rankings

  • #8 (tie) Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs
  • #33 (tie)Best Online MBA Programs
  • #33 (tie) Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs
  • #49 (tie) Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
  • #56 (tie) Best Online Bachelors Program
  • #180 (tie) Best Online Graduate Education Programs

U.S. News Best Global University Rankings

  • #73 Best Global Universities
  • #105 Agricultural Sciences
  • #33 Arts and Humanities
  • #161 (tie) Biology and Biochemistry
  • #343 Chemistry
  • #176 (tie) Clinical Medicine
  • #200 Computer Science
  • #91 (tie) Economics and Business
  • #217 (tie) Engineering
  • #40 Environment/Ecology
  • #34 Geosciences
  • #120 Microbiology
  • #130 Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • #100 Neuroscience and Behavior
  • #137 Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • #131(tie) Physics
  • #25 (tie) Plant and Animal Science
  • #72 Psychiatry/Psychology
  • #71 (tie) Social Sciences and Public Health
  • #7 Space Science

ASU and UA Top 25 Online MBA Programs

For the second year in a row, the Princeton Review has named ASU’s W.P. Carey (#6) and UA’s Eller College of Management (#19) as two of the top 25 Online MBA programs in the nation for online programs. The company chose the schools based on a survey of over 90 business schools offering online programs and used surveys from administers and students attending these schools. (September 2017)

Ranks Among Best Children’s Hospital in the U.S.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital has been named one of the top children’s hospitals in U.S. News & World Report recent annual report on “Best Children’s Hospitals for 2017-2018”. One of the largest children’s hospitals in the country, Phoenix Children’s is ranked nationally in six pediatric specialties: Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery and Urology. (September 2017)

Hospitals Ranked Among Nation’s Best

According to U.S. News & World Report, Mayo Clinic ranks #1, Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix ranks #2, tied with Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and Banner Estrella Medical Center ranks #4 in Arizona. All are nationally ranked in various specialties. U.S. News & World Report evaluated nearly 4,500 medical centers and hospitals nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures, and conditions. (August 2017)

UA Among Top 382 Colleges

The Princeton Review again has named University of Arizona as one of the best higher education institutions in the nation for undergraduate education. The Princeton Review does not issue overall rankings for the 382 schools. Instead, it assigns scores ranging from a low of 60 to a high of 99 in a variety of categories. The UA excelled in campus sustainability or “green” initiative (94), fire safety (91), and quality of life (88). UA also received to high marks in admissions (82), financial aid rating (78) and overall academics (74). In select categories, UA placed 2nd in Best Health Services and 14th in Students Pack in the Stadium. (August 2017)

Best Real Estate Markets

WalletHub has released its list of the Best Real Estate markets in the U.S. The rankings include Gilbert #15, Chandler #42, Peoria #58, Tempe #67, Mesa #89, Surprise #92, Phoenix #122, Scottsdale #158 and Tucson #158. To determine the best local real estate markets, WalletHub’s analysts compared 300 cities of varying sizes across 21 key indicators of housing-market attractiveness and economic strength. (August 2017)

Top Research Universities

Arizona State University and the University of Arizona are ranked among the top 150 research schools in the world, according to an academic rating that measures faculty achievements such as publication in highly rated journals. ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business secured a top 9 spot in the management category. The annual Academic Ranking of World Universities rates research universities on academic “output” factors. This includes the number of articles faculty members publish in journals such as Science and Nature and the number of alumni and staff who have won Nobel Prize. (August 2017)

Gilbert Ranked #16 Safest City to Raise a Child

Safewise delved into data to find which cities (with at least 10,000 residents) in the U.S. exceled at creating safe environments for families. Gilbert is ranked No. 16 out of 30 cities ranked which have less crime, promote healthy and active lifestyles and enjoy well-funded school systems. (August 2017)

Top Pet-Friendly Cities

Scottsdale #1, Phoenix #2, Tucson #16, Gilbert #18, Glendale #33, and Mesa #54 all ranked among a list 100 of the top pet-friendly cities in America. For analysis WalletHub evaluated each city based on 19 factors then ranked the cities. Those factors range from various pet-care costs to the number of pet-friendly restaurants and businesses that cater to pets. (August 2017)

ASU Moves Up in Global Patent Ranking

ASU ranks 30th among worldwide institutions in earning utility patents, The National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association said today. ASU was awarded 64 patents in the fiscal year 2016. The report is based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association compile the rankings each year by calculating the number of utility patents that list a university as the first assignee. It underscores the university’s effort to ease the process for acquiring patents. (August 2017)

Arizona Best States for Community Colleges

WalletHub looked at 728 community colleges and compared 12 metrics in three categories: cost and financing, education outcomes and career outcomes. Among other things, the metrics included tuition and fees, retention rates and student loan default. (August 2017)

  • 2. Cochise County Community College District
  • 41. Mohave Community College
  • 42. Scottsdale Community College
  • 54. Tohono O’Odham Community College
  • 65. Paradise Valley Community College
  • 119. GateWay Community College
  • 130. Mesa Community College
  • 158. Chandler-Gilbert Community College
  • 178. Estrella Mountain Community College
  • 223. Glendale Community College
  • 260. Eastern Arizona College
  • 295. Pima Community College
  • 296. Phoenix College
  • 365. Yavapai College
  • 507. South Mountain Community College
  • 553. Central Arizona College
  • 652. Northland Pioneer College
  • 715. Rio Salado College

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale Ranked 61th Most Educated City

As the fall semester commences, WalletHub determined where the most educated Americans are choosing to settle. In order to do so, they compared the 150 largest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas across nine key metrics. Their data set ranges from the percentage of adults aged 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher to the attainment gap between women and men. (July 2017)

UA Gets Gold for Sustainability

The University of Arizona has been recognized for its sustainability efforts earning a STARS Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. STARS addresses areas of sustainability not only in matters of environmental issues but also areas related to campus engagement, innovation, and leadership in regards to sustainability, investment, and diversity. The UA scored 66.35 overall performing best in the category of academics, which includes curriculum and research. (July 2017)

Several Arizona Cities Among Best for Recreation

WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 35 key metrics that speak to the relative benefits of public spaces and recreational activities across the country. For each city, they examined basic living costs, the quality of parks, the accessibility of entertainment and recreational facilities as well as the climate. Scottsdale ranked 6th for best recreation. Other Arizona cities that made the list are: Phoenix #23, Chandler #38, Glendale #42, Mesa #50, and Gilbert #93. (July 2017)

ASU a “Best Buy” College

Students seeking a quality education at a reasonable price can look to ASU as a “best buy” according to the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018. The annual guide, which ranks schools with the best combination of academic excellence and value for the cost of tuition included ASU on its list of only 20 public universities designated this year. (July 2017)

ASU Graduate Program Ranks Among Best in the Nation

Planetizen, an online network and news outlet for the planning, design, and development community has released its annual ranking for graduate urban planning programs across the U.S. Arizona State University’s Master of Urban and Environmental Planning program made the list at No. 22. In total, 96 programs were considered this year with the top 25 earning a ranking on the list. (July 2017)

ASU and UA Best Colleges for Your Money

Money has ranked a list of the best colleges that combine educational quality, affordability, and alumni success. Arizona State University is #162 and University of Arizona came in #325 of the more than 700 best performing colleges that were analyzed. (July 2017)

Phoenix Top 10 U.S. City for Dogs and their Owners has ranked a list of the top 10 U.S. cities for dogs and their owners. Phoenix came in at No. 10, recognized as a dog friendly city which boasts no fewer than 7 dog parks leaving plenty of room to run, play and socialize for the pets and their owners. (July 2017)

Top City for Best Drivers

Several Arizona cities can be found on America’s 2017 best drivers report. They are: Mesa #15, Scottsdale #16, Gilbert #18, Peoria #24, Chandler #25, Tempe #67, Phoenix #77 and Glendale #92. Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report® is an annual ranking that identifies which of the 200 largest U.S. cities have the safest drivers. Sharing this data every year can highlight the importance of educating people about the importance of safe driving. (June 2017)

Top 50 Colleges in the U.S. for Aspiring Entrepreneurs includes Arizona State University

ASU is ranked 29th for aspiring entrepreneurs. The list of top schools was published by College Choice, an independent college rankings site. It was compiled using information from Crunchbase, a data set of startup activity; startup platform Angel List; and other public business-data sources. It also took into consideration factors such as proximity to major metropolitan entrepreneurial ecosystems. (June 2017)

UA Among Top 100 World Reputation

Times Higher Education has recognized the University of Arizona as one of the top 100 higher-education institutions in the world, ranking it as a global leader in research, education and innovation in the 2017 edition of its’ annual World Reputation Rankings. UA which appears in the 91-100 range is among 42 colleges and universities from the U.S. to claim the award.!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats (June 2017)

Scottsdale Best City for Staycation

WalletHub considered 36 key indicators in ranking the 150 largest U.S. cities. Scottsdale ranks #11 for best cities for staycations. Phoenix #59, Peoria #61, Mesa #72, Chandler #102 and Gilbert #135 are also great places to play. Certain cities are obviously more conducive to a staycation than others. From recreation opportunities to the cost of relaxation, there are a number of factors to consider when evaluating whether or not you can bring the benefits of a vacation to your front door. Scottsdale also ranks No.1 (tie) for most public golf courses and No.1 (tie) for most zoos and aquariums per capita. (June 2017)

AZ Cities Receive “Tree City USA” Recognition

Twenty-eight Arizona cities made the list. Some of those included are: Avondale, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe all received recognition as “Tree City USA” in honor of Arbor Day. (June 2017)

AZ Communities Ranked for Solar Energy

SolSmart a new national designation program funded by U.S. Department of Energy SunShot (SPARC) Initiative recognizes communities that have taken steps to advance solar energy growth. In 2016, Oro Valley has received the SolSmart Silver award and Maricopa County is a SolSmart Bronze designee. (June 2017)

Scottsdale Ranked Among Top 10 Healthiest Cities

WalletHub put together a panel of experts to analyze which of the most populated U.S. cities are doing the best job of keeping their residents healthy and happy. Each city was examined for healthcare, fitness and access to green space. Scottsdale made the list at No. 3. (June 2017)

Phoenix Tops for Tech Jobs

The job search site ZipRecruiter ranked the 20 fastest growing tech markets based on year-over-year data. Phoenix ranked as the #3 city on the list for job growth in engineering, software and IT roles. (June 2017)

AZ Cities Popular Places to Live

Business Insider along with recently conducted a study to find the top 10 U.S. cities on people’s “must-move-to” list. looked at three data sources: migration ratio (people moving in verses leaving), view’s ratio (metro verses metro elsewhere), and growth ratio (population metro had grown based on census). Phoenix ranked #6 and Tucson came in at #9. (June 2017)

Arizona Gains in Solar Power

Arizona’s solar market is the fastest growing in the country during the first quarter of 2017, expanding more than 5 percent according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report. Adding 168 megawatts, Arizona ranked #3 in the U.S., behind California and North Carolina, respectfully. Arizona ranked 7th in 2016 with solar installations and 5th in 2015. The forecast is strong for Arizona, which is expected to more than double its solar capacity in the next 5 years, according to the report’s data. (June 2017)

Top Public Golf Courses

Golf Digest named the 100 greatest public golf courses in America for 2017. Two golf courses new to list are located in the Phoenix area. Quintero Golf Club (Peoria) ranked #86 and We-Ko-Pa (Fort McDowell) came in at #98. (May 2017)

Phoenix No. 19 Best Buy for Housing Investment

Forbes teamed up with Local Market Monitor to track 300 housing markets and ranked the top 20 markets were population, jobs and home prices are growing. For every city on the list, Local Market Monitor expects 17% growth by 2020. In Phoenix (#19), home prices gained 7% last year. Job growth grew 1.8% and population grew 5.7% from 2012 to 2015. (May 2017)

Phoenix Ranked Among Best Cities for Job Seekers

Money named Phoenix #23 of the best places for job seekers in the U.S. The Career site looked at 50 metropolitan areas in the U.S. with the most job postings and evaluated them on four factors: work/life balance, salary compared to cost of living, job postings (weighted to interest), and job security/advancement. (May 2017)

Arizona’s Most Beautiful Places in America

The BuzzFeed Community was asked to name their favorite beautiful places in America. Of the top 38, two Arizona places made the list. The Sonoran Desert was ranked #16 with Grand Canyon National Park came in at #32. (May 2017)

2017 “Playful City USA Communities”

The national non-profit program, KaBoom, awarded the Phoenix area communities of Avondale, Buckeye, Casa Grande, Chandler, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Mesa, Prescott Valley, Queen Creek, and Tempe the designation of “Playful City USA Community” for the creative and innovative ways they incorporate play into their daily parks and recreation operations. (May 2017)

Arizona Hospital Ranked Best in Nation

Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix was ranked in a recent list of top 100 greatest hospitals in America, according to Becker Hospital Review. The Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team selected hospitals for this list based on rankings and awards from numerous reputable sources, including U.S. News & World Report, Truven Health Analytics, Healthgrades, The American Nurses Credentialing Center and The Leapfrog Group, among other resources. The final result is a list of 100 hospitals considered overall healthcare leaders in their region, state or the nation. (April 2017)

Arizona Best High Schools in the Nation

Nationally ranked Arizona high schools include: BASIS Scottsdale #1, BASIS Peoria #5, BASIS Chandler #7,Gilbert Classical Academy HS #30, Arizona College Prep – Erie Campus #87, and Arizona School For The Arts #371. The U.S. News & World Report rankings include data on more than 22,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. (April 2017)

ASU Best Green School

The Center for Green Schools at USGBC and Green School National Network announced the recipients of the 2017 Best of Green Schools which recognizes individuals, institutions, projects and events that embody the most impactful efforts in school sustainability. Arizona State University was the 2017 Honoree: Higher Education Institution Category. (April 2017)

ASU and UA Top for Research and Development

In the National Science Foundation’s latest Higher Educational Research and in the institution’s Higher Educational Research and Development (HERD) rankings, Arizona State University placed 10th out of 724 institutions without medical schools, ahead of Caltech, Princeton and Carnegie Mellon University. In addition, the total research expenditures among all institutions regardless of medical school, ASU ranked 48th and UA ranked 34th out of 876 ahead of University of Chicago, Brown and Princeton. (April 2017)

Arizona’s Happiest Cities in America

In a recent study, WalletHub drew upon various findings of positive-psychology research to determine which among 150 largest U.S. cities is home to the happiest people in America. Each city was examined on 30 key indicators of happiness ranging from depression rate to income-growth rate to average leisure time spent per day. The cities in Arizona which made the list were Scottsdale #13, Gilbert #16, Glendale #28, Chandler #28, Peoria #30, Tempe #38, Mesa #53, Phoenix #84 and Tucson #85. (April 2017)

Arizona Hospitals Ranked Best in Nation

Banner Estrella Medical Center-Phoenix, Dignity Health-Chandler Medical Center, Chandler, and Mayo Clinic Hospital- Phoenix were ranked as America’s 50 Best Hospitals according to Healthgrades, Inc. The top 50 hospitals are in the top 1% of hospitals in the nation for providing overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of conditions and procedures consistently for a least six consecutive years. (March 2017)

ASU and UA Top Universities in America

Arizona State University is ranked #39 and University of Arizona is #60 of the top public universities in America according to Niche. The rankings were chosen by a rigorous analysis of academic admissions, financial and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and alumni. The ranking compares over 500 public colleges and state universities. (March 2017)

Arizona in Good Position in Latest Crop of Business-Friendly Rankings

Site Selection put Arizona 18th in its 2016 rankings, while Area Development ranked Arizona as 15th in its 2016 report. Those are slightly higher than the previous year’s positions (15th and 19th, respectively). Area Development deemed Arizona 9th in the category of “favorable regulatory environment” and awarded the state its 2016 Silver Shovel Award as it predicts the continual “strong economic performance in high-tech and innovative industries”. (February 2017)

ASU is top U.S. Producer of Fulbright Scholars

Arizona State University was the top producer of prestigious Fulbright scholars among research institutions for 2016-17 ranking #6 in the nation for awards to faculty members. In addition, ASU was in fifth place among research institutions in producing the highest number of Fulbright scholarships to students, with 15. (February 2017)

ASU Leads in Peace Corp Volunteers

This year, Arizona State University leads all Arizona colleges and universities in producing the most Peace Corps volunteers. Nationally, ASU ranks number 13 in large undergraduate schools, with nearly 43 undergraduate alumni currently volunteering worldwide. (February 2017)

UA is a Leader in Work-Life Integration

The WorldatWork Alliance has awarded the UA its Work-Life Progress 2017 Seal of Distinction. This distinction is awarded to employers in both the private and public sectors that support employees across all major aspects of work-life integration. This is the fifth year the UA has been identified as a leadership model for its work-life practices. The UA has received the distinction every year since the honor’s inception in 2012. (February 2017)

Phoenix Best City for Pizza

Travel & Leisure polled readers on their favorite places in the country to get pizza. Phoenix was named the No.1 city in the US by offering a slice for every pizza preference. (February 2017)

Tops for Finding a Job in 2017

Scottsdale is #1, Chandler is #7 and Tempe is #9 for finding a new job in 2017 according to WalletHub. To narrow down the Best Cities for finding a job in 2017, WalletHub compared 150 of the most populous US cities based on 17 metrics (like job opportunities, employment growth, monthly median salary, and safety) across two key dimensions (job market and socioeconomic environment with a greater emphasis on the former). (February 2017)

25 Great Colleges for Good Science Students

The University of Arizona is among the colleges that made the list. Money Magazine has scoured the data to find 25 great accessible colleges for aspiring scientists and engineers. All these schools accept more than two-thirds of their applicants and have good graduation rates. In addition, according to, recent alumni who majored in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) earn on average, more than $50,000 a year. (February 2017)

Arizona 7th in Well-Being

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is based on survey responses of residents and captures how they feel about their daily lives. The Index disaggregates across five dimensions: Purpose, Social, Financial, Community, and Physical. (February 2017)

Phoenix Area Restaurants on Top 100 Places to Eat in US List

In Yelp’s fourth annual list honoring eateries across the US, two restaurants in the Phoenix area have made the list. Nearly all of the top 100 restaurants on the list have 5 star ratings. In fact, 96 out of the 100 businesses on this year’s list boast 5-star perfection. Yelp looked at reviews received by businesses while considering both the ratings and the volume of reviews to determine the list. No. 11 is Little Miss BBQ in Phoenix and # 56 is Worth Take Away in Mesa. (January 2017)

Arizona Attracts Newcomers

Arizona is among top 10 states attracting notably more newcomers in 2016 compared to those that have left the state. The annual report by United Van Lines that tracks state-to-state migration patterns places Arizona as the 10th highest state to attract people moving from another state. (December 2016)

AZ Cities Top for First-Time Homebuyers

Gilbert #7 is among the top cities for first-time homebuyers according to a study by Nerdwallet. Affordability, livability and price stability were used as criteria to determine the best cities to purchase a new home for the first-time homebuyer of 448 largest places in the U.S. Other Arizona cities that made the top 100 were: Chandler #19, Surprise #34, Scottsdale #44 Goodyear #53 and Peoria #64. (December 2016)

Best Airport in the U.S.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International is the #1 Best Airport in the US according to the The Points Guy, which rated the top 30 busiest U.S. airports. The best and worst airports were chosen using three main categories: timeliness, accessibility and amenities. (November 2016)

AZ Cities Ranked in the Top 50 for Cyclists

Tempe and Scottsdale rolled in on the’s Top 50 list at 22nd and 48th. With great weather, beautiful scenery and plenty of trails to ride along, Arizona seems to be a cyclist’s paradise. (September 2016)

Phoenix Ranked Top Running City

Phoenix is ranked as #46 among the best 50 cities for running by Runners World. Phoenix usually has about one day a year where the temperature drops to or below freezing, but most of the time, expect great running weather. Since this city is basically winter-free city, runners take to the streets, canal paths, bridle paths, and more on a daily basis. Run the 5.6-mile loop in Papago Park for a hilly route in the heart of the desert. (September 2016)

Scottsdale Best Place to Live searched the Ultimate Hometowns, analyzing 60 key factors: taxes, education, healthcare, and more. Scottsdale ranked #50 of the communities with the highest scores. (September 2016)

Top Arizona High Schools

Tempe Prep (#15), Chaparral High School (#147), Arizona Prep – Erie Campus (#149), Sunnyslope High School (#282), Horizon High School (#313), Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Center-Estrella Mountain (#375), Campe Verde High School (#391), Pinnacle High School (#441) and Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Center-Prescott Valley (#500) were recognized as America’s Top High Schools by Newsweek. The Newsweek High School Rankings assess schools based on a broad range of data to determine which institutions do the best job of preparing students for college. (August 2016)

The University of Arizona Cancer Center – Phoenix Receives Award of Merit

The University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC) at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center (Phoenix), is the winner of an Award of Merit in the 2016 Healthcare Design Showcase, opened in June 2015-but almost didn’t happen at all. Through program realignment, phasing, shelled space, and simplified design techniques, the cuts were made, and the 220,000-square-foot facility lived to tell the tale of its creation. The Showcase jury found the story irresistible. (July 2016)

Mesa No.6 Most Affordable Large City in U.S.

GOBankingRates reviewed the cost of living in the 50 largest U.S. cities, taking into account average prices for rent, groceries, utilities, transportation, and health care. Mesa, Arizona is the 38th largest city in the United States. Local industry has traditionally centered around agriculture and aerospace, but the city also functions more and more as a suburb of sprawling Phoenix. It costs $48,876 to live comfortably for a year in Phoenix, but only $42,654 to do so in Mesa. (June 2016)

How Does Arizona Compare in Next Generation Jobs?

Arizona ranked 19th in its ability to create high-paying and future-proofed jobs in 2014. This placed Arizona among the second tier of states according to the Milken Institute’s State Technology and Science Index. The index provides an assessment of each state’s technology and science capabilities and their impact on regional economic growth. A key finding from the report indicates that technology and science jobs have continued to develop a larger share of the U.S. economy while more traditional/lower-skilled sectors have been slow to regain pre-recession levels. (June 2016)

Arizona Ranks High Among States with Best Economic Outlook for 2016

Arizona is 5th in the nation in a survey that ranked states with the best overall economic outlook for 2016. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conducted the survey, titled “Rich States, Poor States.” The data examined ranks the 2016 economic outlook for states using 15 equally weighted policy variables, including various tax rates, regulatory burdens and labor policies. (April 2016)


Arizona School Among America’s Most Challenging High Schools

Nationally Arizona College Prep-Erie ranked #13 and Hamilton (Chandler) ranked #840 America’s Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index formula that’s a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. (April 2016)

Gilbert Arizona is #1 Boom Town®, a leading online real estate destination operated by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc., today released its list of America’s Top ‘Boom Towns’. Led by Gilbert, Ariz. (85297). Part of the Phoenix metropolitan area, Gilbert is located just over 30 miles east of downtown Phoenix in close proximity to where GoDaddy and PetSmart® have significant operations. The biggest draw for locals is the strong school district, Higley Unified School District, that’s home to Centennial Elementary, which was ranked No. 1 in the state in 2014. (April 2016)

Arizona State University More Selective than Harvard

Now Harvard, Berkeley and MIT might very well move over, ceding the next-lowest acceptance rate to Stanford to a surprising newcomer in the selectivity sweepstakes: Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business. When the final application deadline to its full-time MBA program closes on June 1st, the school could very well have 1,270 applicants for a maximum of 120 seats. That would be more than triple the 443 applications the school received a year ago when the acceptance rate to the MBA program was 31.4%. The increase could drive down Carey’s acceptance rate this year to a record low—below Harvard’s 10.7%, Haas’ 13.0%, or Sloan’s 14.6%. (April 2016)

Scottsdale No. 4 Best Mid-Sized American Cities for Millennials

Where are Millennials going? According to Gogobot mid-sized cities are attracting Millennials. Rankings were determined by taking a look at the number of reviews and star ratings of the generation (which is defined as starting for those born in 1982), as well as the number of reviewed Millennial-friendly restaurants and attractions (think: gourmet burgers, craft beer, music venues, and hiking trails) in each city. Old Town Scottsdale has a lot going on that is, decidedly, not old. In fact, its food, nightlife, and shopping options, as well as the many festivals that take place there, are perfect for a Millennial crowd on the lookout for all things new and trendy. The city is also especially well-suited to cater to wine lovers, with many wine bars — including those selling local wines — all over town. Millennials into the art scene (check out the ArtWalk) and those who love spending time outdoors (don’t miss the Cholla Trail) will also find Scottsdale to be a perfect spot to spend some time or settle down. (April 2016)

Arizona Ranked as Best Employers

City of Phoenix is 217th, Arizona Public Services is 296th and Amkor Technology is ranked #368th on Forbes’ Best Employers in the Nation. Company employees were asked to rank their company “…on a scale of 0-10, How likely would you be to recommend your employer to someone else? How about other employers in your industry?” (March 2016)

ASU’s CSPO Ranked Among Top Science and Technology Think Tanks

The Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University has been ranked 10th worldwide among science and technology think tanks in the recently issued 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report. In the ranking, CSPO is the top university-based science and technology think tank in the U.S. (February 2016)

Scottsdale Ranks in Top 15 for Cities That Care

Some cities are better at taking care of their neighbors than others. Scottsdale is among the best – ranked No. 11, according to a financial services company. Gilbert #17, Chandler #26 and Mesa #44 also do a great job of taking care of their neighbors. WalletHub analysts compared the 100 most populated cities across 26 key metrics to find which have the most caring spirit. The data set ranges from the percentage of sheltered homeless persons to the percentage of income donated to charity, to the number of rehabilitation centers per capita. WalletHub had this to say about our community: “Scottsdale Senior Services provides an integrated system of services, resources and opportunities to help people improve their lives, neighborhoods and community through recreation, social services and health and wellness services.” (February 2016)

UA College of Nursing Nationally Recognized as Hispanic-Serving Health Professions School

The University of Arizona College of Nursing has become the fourth nursing school in the nation and the first in Arizona to be recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Health Professions School. HSHPS is a member-based, nonprofit organization that consists of schools and colleges of medicine, public health, nursing, dentistry and pharmacy throughout the United States. Membership is granted to schools with a demonstrated commitment to increasing the Hispanic health workforce that will serve and promote the health of Hispanics, as evidenced by programs, activities and student and faculty diversity. (December 2015)

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