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Top Places to Live

According to, Tempe (No. 18), Mesa (No. 32) and Tucson (No. 99) are among the top 100 best places to live in the U.S. The study examined more than 1,000 cities based on thousands of data points measuring economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health. (September 2019)

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: Central Arizona Project, City of Chandler, City of Tempe, 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 2019)

Best Places to Retire

Niche has released its 2019 Best Places to Retire list and has named Scottsdale as the top city to retire in the U.S. Other Arizona cities that made the list: Mesa #17, Tucson #29, Tempe #37 and Phoenix #59. This ranking takes into account key factors, such as weather, crime rates, residents 65 and older, housing costs, and access to amenities such as restaurants, golf courses, exercise facilities, and doctors, in an attempt to measure the appeal of an area for retirement. (September 2019)

Best for Startups

CommercialCafe’ ranked Phoenix as the 8th best city for startups in the U.S. for populations over one million. Phoenix was recognized for its talent affordability, cost of living and co-work costs. Mesa was ranked 10th among the top 10 cities below 500,000 populations. The number of computer, engineering, and science jobs increased 31% over five years, landing the city second-in-group for tech employment growth. (September 2019)

ASU and UA Among Top 385 Colleges

The Princeton Review again has named Arizona State University and 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 38 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 Lots of Greek Life #11 and Best Health Services #12. ASU ranked #4 Best College Radio Stations and #8 Students Pack the Stadium. (August 2019)

Best College for Your Money

Money has ranked a list of the best colleges that combine educational quality, affordability, and alumni success. Arizona State University is #247 and University of Arizona came in #178 of the more than 700 best performing colleges that were analyzed. (July 2019)

Best Hospitals in Arizona

According to U.S. News & World Report, Mayo Clinic ranks #1 (#18 on the top 20 National list), Banner University Medical Center Phoenix ranks #2, Banner University Medical Center Tucson ranks #7, Oro Valley Hospital #10 (tie), HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center #10 (tie) and Northwest Medical Center-Tucson #14 (in Southeast Arizona). All are nationally ranked in various specialties. U.S. News & World Report surveyed nearly 10,000 specialists and sifted through data for approximately 5,000 hospitals to rank the best in 16 adult specialties, from cancer to urology. Only 165 hospitals performed well enough to be ranked in one or more specialties. (July 2019)

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 8th for best recreation. Other Arizona cities that made the list are: Tucson, #20, Phoenix #29, Glendale #45, Chandler #51, Mesa #63, and Gilbert #69. (July 2019)

Most Affordable Downtowns to Live

GoBankingRates undertook a cost of living comparison by the U.S. using zip codes to determine the best downtowns to find a place to live. Chandler ranked #28 and Peoria ranked #30. (July 2019)

Arizona Ranked for Business Success

Wallethub put Arizona at No. 9 for successful business start-ups. The study compared 50 states across 25 key indicators of start- up success to determine the most fertile growth in which to launch and grow and enterprise. Arizona ranked 10 for business environment and 23 for business costs. (July 2019)

Best Work-Life Balance Cities

Smart Asset recently released a report ranking the 25 American cities with the best work-balance. Scottsdale #19 was chosen as one of the cities where housing is affordable, people work less and there is plenty to do. The report looked at 10 metrics across the 100 biggest cities in the country using data from the US Census Bureau. This included concentrations of entertainment establishments, restaurants, and bars; the average weeks and hours worked per year; the unemployment and labor force participation rates; housing as a percentage of income; average commute time; and percentage of workers with a commute longer than one hour. (July 2019)

Top City for Best Drivers

Several Arizona cities can be found on America’s 2019 best drivers report. They are: Scottsdale #15, Mesa #16, Chandler #26, Peoria #35, Tucson # 40, Gilbert #41, Tempe #64, Phoenix #84 and Glendale #89. 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. (July 2019)

Best Place to Visit

According to a recent study by U.S. News, The Grand Canyon was named as the No. 1 top destination to visit in 2019. U.S. News used expert opinions, user votes and current trends, in addition to evaluating sights, cultures, scenic beauty, food scenes and more, to compile this list. (July 2019)

Top Companies to Work For

ASU Enterprise Partners was recognized as one of 125 top companies to work for in Arizona for the sixth consecutive year by Republic Media and the Arizona Commerce Authority for its leadership, work environment and employee satisfaction. The companies chosen were evaluated through questionnaires sent to employees and employers on a variety of benchmark critera. (July 2019)

Best State Economies

A new study by WalletHub finds that the Arizona economy is ranked among the 20 best in the U.S. and listed it ahead of many states for attracting relocating companies. Arizona ranked No. 11, just ahead of Texas (No. 12) and behind North Carolina (No. 10). To compile the rankings, each state and Washington D.C were compared across 28 economic performance and strength indicators. Data ranged from growth in gross domestic product to start up activity and share of jobs in the high-tech industry. (July 2019)

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

For the third consecutive year, Phoenix Children’s Hospital has been named one of the top children’s hospitals in 10 out of 10 specialties in U.S. News & World Report recent annual report on “Best Children’s Hospitals for 2019-2020. PCH is one of only 24 to make the list in all 10 specialties of the largest children’s hospitals in the country. Phoenix Children’s is ranked nationally in pediatric specialties: Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology. (July 2019)

Ranked as Best Employer

Forbes named the University of Arizona No. 11 out of 72 of Arizona’s best-in-state employers in a recent study. UA finished No. 1 in the education subcategory and No. 2 among employers headquartered in Arizona. Other employer is the state: HonorHealth No. 12, City of Phoenix No. 14, Freeport-McMoRan No. 35, Arizona Public Service No. 36, Arizona State University No. 38, Pinal County No. 44, Maricopa County Community College District No. 42, City of Mesa No. 50, and the City of Tucson No. 59 all made the list. (July 2019)

AZ Cities Rank Among Best Big Cities

A recent study by WalletHub compared 62 largest cities in the U.S to live and ranked Mesa #18 and Phoenix #35. In order to determine the list, 56 key factors of attractiveness were compared such as affordability, economy, public education, health and quality of life. Tucson ranked #39. (July 2019)

ASU Moves Up in Global Patent Ranking

ASU ranks 10th among worldwide institutions in earning utility patents, The National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association said today. ASU was awarded 100 patents in the fiscal year 2018. 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. (July 2019)

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 2019 edition of its’ annual World Reputation Rankings. UA which appears in the 81-90 range is among 42 colleges and universities from the U.S. to claim the award.!/page/0/length/25/name/University%20of%20Arizona/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats (July 2019)

Most Educated Cites

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. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale ranked as #77 and Tucson ranked #61. 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 2019)

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 2019. 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 38 public universities designated this year. (July 2019)

Arizona Gains in Solar Power

Arizona’s solar market remains steady during the first quarter of 2019 (ranks 3rd in solar capacity), according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report. Arizona ranked 8th with solar installations for the last two years. 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 2019)

ASU and UA Earn Tree Campus USA Designation

As the oldest continually maintained public green space in Arizona, the University of Arizona has again earned the Tree Campus USA recognition for its work promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, honors higher education institutions and leaders across the nation for tree care initiatives. (June 2019)

AZ Ranks 4th in Nation for GDP Growth

According to the data released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Arizona’s real gross domestic product (GDP) increased by four percent in 2018, the fourth fastest growth rate in the nation. AZ growth outpaced that of 46 other states. Sectors including manufacturing, real estate and rental leasing and contracting contributed to the most GDP growth over the past year. (June 2019)

Phoenix Ranked Most Innovative City

Phoenix was ranked 20th in America and 58th globally on a list of innovative cities in the world according to the global consulting firm Hickey and Associates. Phoenix scored high based on its strength in medical science, research and development. Phoenix ranked 14th globally among cities leading in the medical science industry. Hickey and Associates identified four major characteristics that make a city a Global Innovation Hub: talent magnets, characteristics that attract a young, diverse and vibrant workforce and offer a “good live/work/play culture”; innovative and transformative, usually having a high number of startups and new patents concentrated in a small area; learning and collaborative ecosystems, usually research-focused cities linked with universities and other institutions that encourage innovation and knowledge-sharing; and venture capital hotbeds, areas that attract a lot of investors. (June 2019)

AZ Cities Receive “Tree City USA” Recognition

The Tree City USA programs a national program that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America. Several Arizona cities made the list. Some of those included are: Avondale, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson, Tempe and Town of Marana all received recognition as “Tree City USA” in honor of Arbor Day. (June 2019)

ASU and UA Best Value College

Arizona State University is ranked as the No. 67 and The University of Arizona jumped 46 spots and in now No. 62 of colleges Best Value Ranking by Forbes. UA is No. 34 among public universities and No. 41 among research institutions. Forbes ranks 300 colleges and universities by comparing data on 645 institutions across all 50 states. Schools are scored based on quality, net price, net debt, alumni earnings, timely graduation and access for low-income students. (June 2019)

Top Destinations for Migration

Each year, as a prelude to the Memorial Day weekend, U-Haul counts down its top destination cities by tracking the total of one-way trucks arriving at a destination. This year, Phoenix was the biggest riser moving up four spots to No. 9 and Tucson was ranked at No. 19. (June 2019)

Arizona Great Place for Nurses

According to WalletHub, Arizona is ranked 7th in the U.S. as best place to work as a nurse, 4th highest annual nursing salaries and ranked 3rd highest for lowest competition by 2026. The study compared the all U.S. states across 21 key metrics that collectively speak to the nursing job opportunities in each market. (June 2019)

Best Cities for Live Music

Phoenix and Tucson have made the list of the top 20 best cities to see live music according to ClickitTicket. To determine the best cities for live music, over 100 of the populated cities were compared. These cities were considered better than the rest for getting the most enjoyment from live music offering a unique experience whether you are moving there or just visiting. (June 2019)

Best Cities for Staycation

WalletHub considered 36 key indicators in ranking the 150 largest U.S. cities. Scottsdale ranks #27 among best cities for staycations. Tempe #54, Peoria #73, Phoenix #113, Chandler #117, Glendale #118, Mesa #128 and Gilbert #156 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, Tempe, and Gilbert also rank No.1 (tie) for most public golf courses. (June 2019)

AZ Community 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. Pima County has received the Gold designee. (June 2019)

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.9. Other Arizona cities that made the list include: Peoria #38, Tempe #46, Phoenix #51, Chandler #60, Gilbert #77, Tucson #88, Glendale #102 and Mesa #106. (June 2019)

Valley Companies on Fortune 500 List

Six valley based companies have made the Fortune 500 List in 2019. Two companies, Avnet #165 and Freeport-McMoRan #170 are in the top 200 on the list. Avnet has made the list every year since 1995. (June 2019)

ASU and UA Named in Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Arizona State University ranked No. 123 and The University of Arizona is ranked No. 159 in the annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings. 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.!/page/0/length/-1/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats (May 2019)

Arizona Ranks High Among States with Best Economic Outlook for 2019

Arizona is 10th in the nation in a survey that ranked states with the best overall economic outlook for 2019. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conducted the survey, titled “Rich States, Poor States.” The data examined ranks the 2019 economic outlook for states using 15 equally weighted policy variables, including various tax rates, regulatory burdens and labor policies. (May 2019)

Mesa and Phoenix Among 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. 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 $86,407 to live comfortably for a year in Phoenix and $86,351 to do so in Mesa. (May 2019)

Best Cities to Live

For the third year, U.S. News analyzed 125 metro area in the U.S. to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each area, as well as the value of living there and people’s desire to live there. Phoenix remained in top 30 at #26 as the best place to live and within the top 25 for the best place to retire. Arizona’s capital features a desirable combination of a thriving job market, a relatively low cost of living and plenty of way to enjoy the nice weather. (May 2019)

ASU Ranks in Top 100 Public Colleges

Arizona State University is among 100 of the best public colleges in the country according to an annual ranking from Buffalo Business First which is a sister publication of Phoenix Business Journal. The data compiled ranked 500 public universities and was created to examine schools that are the most affordable path toward a bachelor’s degree. ASU was No. 67. (May 2019)

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 2019)

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 #9, Gilbert #21, Chandler #33, Tempe #39, Peoria #44, Mesa #75, Glendale #104, Phoenix #127 and Tucson #118. (April 2019)

Arizona Among Best States for Dogs

Arizona was ranked #3 out of 10 of the best states to live for dogs. To find where the best place to live for a dog, a number of organizations and companies including security system Safewise, Bureau of Labor, online pet resources and Anima Legal Defense Fund – pulled data to determine where pups have it made. The findings are based on strictest anti-cruelty laws, highest percentage of no-kill shelters, most pet-friendly hotels and parks among other factors. (April 2019)

Arizona 20 Safest Cities in 2019

To determine the safest cities in Arizona, reviewed 2017 FBI crime report statistics and population data. Rankings are based on the number of violent crimes in each city. Oro Valley was ranked as #1, Gilbert #4, Town of Marana #5, Sahuarita #7, Scottsdale #9 and Chandler #18. (April 2019)

Arizona Medical Centers Earn Top Spots

Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix and Banner Del E Webb Medical Center have been named to the nation’s 100 Top Hospital list by IBM Watson Health. This national study spotlights the top-performing hospitals in the U.S. based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational, and patient satisfaction metrics and data. The study has been conducted annually since 1993. This is the second year in a row that Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix has been recognized. (April 2019)

Arizona Hospitals Ranked Best in Nation

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 2019)

Arizona Best High Schools in Nation

Nationally ranked Arizona high schools include: BASIS Scottsdale #1, BASIS Chandler #2, BASIS Oro Valley #3, BASIS Tucson North, #4, BASIS Peoria #8, BASIS Phoenix #14, Gilbert Classical Academy #20, University High School (Tucson) #27 and Arizona College Prep (Chandler) #240. The U.S. News & World Report rankings include data on more than 20,500 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. (March 2019)

ASU Top U.S. Producers of Fulbright Students

Arizona State University was once again one of the top producers of students who win the prestigious Fulbright Award for 2018-2019.ASU has 21 students in U.S. Government’s flagship international educational exchange program for 2017-18. With 21 student winners out of 52 applicants, ASU’s selection rate was 39.6 – the highest among top-producing schools. (March 2019)

ASU and UA Top Universities in America

Arizona State University is ranked #50 and University of Arizona is #77 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 2019)

ASU and UA Lead in Peace Corp Volunteers

The Peace Corp ranks ASU No. 17 (tie) among large schools on the agency’s 2019 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list with 44 volunteering worldwide. University of Arizona ranks No. 15 on the list with 46 volunteering worldwide. (March 2019)

ASU Think Tank Among Top in the World

ASU’s Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcome (CSPO), a research unit of the Institute for the Future of Innovation Society, has once again been named one of the top 10 think tanks for science and technology policy in the latest edition at the University of Pennsylvania’s “Global Go To Think Tank Index.” (March 2019)

Top Research University

Arizona State University is ranked among the top 100-150 research schools in the world, according to an academic rating that measures faculty achievements such as publication in highly rated journals. 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. (March 2019)

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

Site Selection put Arizona 12th in its 2018 rankings, while Area Development deemed Arizona 12th in the category of “Top States for Doing Business” and awarded the state its 2018 Silver Shovel Award as it predicts that more than 2,000 jobs are promised in the business/financial sector industries.” (February 2019)

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 #37, Phoenix #43, Glendale #54, Gilbert #87, and Tucson #30. (February 2019)

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Ranks Among Highest

J.D. Power has released the results of its 2018 North America Airport Satisfaction Study. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport was ranked 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 765. (February 2019)

ASU Earns ‘Military Friendly School’ Accolade

Arizona State University has been designated as a 2018-2019 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 (February 2019)

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

In Yelp’s six annual list honoring eateries across the US, six restaurants in the Phoenix area have made the list of the top places to eat in 2019. Yelp’s list honored eateries that ranked so high on the community opinion that they earned the status of “must try this year”. Yelp looked at reviews received by businesses while considering both the ratings and the volume of reviews to determine the list. The restaurants included on the list include: Worth Takeaway in Mesa # 14, Kodo Sushi Sake #26 in Scottsdale, Homer’s Smokehouse #39 in San Tan Valley, Cocina Madrigal #68 in Phoenix, Momo Bowl #76 in Apache Junction and Not Your Typical Deli #83 in Gilbert. (February 2019)

ASU Named Best Value College

Arizona State University has made the 2019 Princeton Review list of “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck”. The Princeton Review, which rates colleges and universities on a host of factors, citied ASU’s “stellar academics, affordable cost and strong career prospects for graduates”. ASU has been named to this list every year since its inaugural publishing in 2015. This year, ASU is the only school in Arizona to make the list. (January 2019)

Arizona Cities Tops for Finding a Job in 2019

Scottsdale #1, Chandler #10, Tempe #14, Gilbert #39, Peoria #41, Phoenix #53, Mesa #65, Glendale #68 are among the top cities for finding a job in 2019 according to a recent study by WalletHub. To narrow down the best cities for finding a job, WalletHub compared 180 of the most populous US cities based on 26 indicators which ranged from job opportunities to employment growth to monthly average starting salary. Tucson also made the list at #102. (January 2019)

Best Place to Live in the Arizona

Money teamed with to rank the best places to live in each state. The study collected more than 135,000 different data points to narrow down the list which weighted on economic health, public school performance, and housing. Other critical components included cost of living and diversity. Peoria was chosen as the best place to live in the state of Arizona for low crime, good schools and economic opportunity. Jobs are expected to increase 8% by 2022. (January 2019)

Best Foodie Cities in America

According to WalletHub, several Arizona cities are among the best culinary hotspots in the U.S. Included on the list are: Phoenix #38, Scottsdale #75, Chandler #82, Mesa #85, Glendale #117, Peoria #134, Gilbert#146 and Tucson #35. The list includes wallet-friendly cities that cater to diners who prefer to cook at home, explore local flavors or both. In order to determine the best and cheapest local foodie scenes, WalletHub compared 182 cities including the 150 most populated U.S. cities plus at least two “Affordability and “Diversity, Accessibility, and Quality”. (December 2018)

ASU Still Top Choice 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 (December 2018)

Phoenix Named a Top Running Destination

Runners World has ranked No. 4 of the top 5 best underrated cities to run and visit. Suggested running spot is South Mountain Park which includes 51 miles of trail through more than 16,000 mountain acres. (December 2018)

Scottsdale Ranks in Top 20 for Cities That Care

Some cities are better at taking care of their neighbors than others. Scottsdale is among the best – ranked No. 17, according to a financial services company. Gilbert #22, Chandler #32 and Mesa #47 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.” (December 2018)

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 2018)

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 96th. (November 2018)

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

According to WalletHub, Tucson is No. 28 among 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. Other Arizona cities making the top 50 on the list were Scottsdale, No. 30, Tempe, No. 49 and Phoenix, No. 43. (November 2018)

Arizona’s Three State Universities Best for Vets

Arizona State University ranked No.109, University of Arizona ranked No.52 and Northern Arizona University ranked No.44 among the top universities in the nation for military and veteran students according to Military Times. The publication released its 2019 list of the top 140 four-year universities. ( (November 2018)

Arizona Top Digital Cities

The center for Digital Government announced the winners of the 2018 Digital Cities Survey. In its 18th 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 is 7th In the 250,000 – 499,999 population category, the City of Mesa is 3rd, in the 75,000 – 124,999 the City of Avondale is 8th–Winners-Announced.html (November 2018)

ASU and UA Named Among Top Universities in the Country

ASU placed 58th and UA placed 114th overall in Washington Monthly magazine’s 2018 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 2018)

ASU and UA Ranked Among Elite 100 World Universities

Arizona State University is ranked #114 and the University of Arizona is ranked #52 among the top elite world universities in the world in 2018. 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 2018)

Arizona Blue Ribbon Schools

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 2018 are: Franklin Junior High School in Mesa, Gilbert Classical Academy High School in Gilbert, Knox Gifted Academy in Chandler, Mesa Academy For Advanced Studies in Mesa, Vista College Preparatory in Phoenix. (October 2018)

Top Cities to Start Careers

Tempe is the top city in Arizona to start a career in 2018, according to a new study by career service site Zippia.ranked U.S. cities with populations of over 50,000 people in every state using census data in four areas: population, unemployment, cost of living and the percentage of the population that are millennials. (October 2018)

Best Places to Live

Paradise Valley ranked #40 among the top 50 places to live in America according to 24/7 Wall St. which created a weighted index of over two-dozen measures to identify the best American cities to live in. The communities on this list span the country from coast to coast but are disproportionately concentrated in the Midwest Though every city on this list is relatively small — home to fewer than 25,000 people — many are located within a major metropolitan area and are well within commuting distance of a large city. (October 2018)

Best Real Estate Markets

WalletHub has released its list of the Best Real Estate markets in the U.S. The rankings include Gilbert #32, Peoria #65, Chandler #66, Surprise #99, Mesa #109, Phoenix #113, Tempe #117, Scottsdale #209 and Tucson #213. 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. (September 2018)

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 5 and the University of Arizona ranked 81 out of the 269 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 2018)

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 (#9) and UA’s Eller College of Management (#21) 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 2018)

ASU Ranked Tops Nationally

Recognized by the Best Colleges 2020 edition of U.S. News & World Report, Arizona State University was nationally ranked No. 117 (tie) among all universities and No. 53 (tie) among public universities. The following are additional rankings. (September 2019)

U.S. News Best College Rankings

  • #117(tie) National Universities
  • #10 Undergraduate Teaching
  • #80 Best College for Veterans
  • #53(tie)Top Public School Business School
  • #38 (tie) Engineering
  • #2 Supply Chain Management/Logistics
  • #11Management Information Systems
  • #10 Management
  • #11 Marketing
  • #1 Most Innovative Schools
  • #10 Quantitative Analysis
  • #145 Best Value Schools
  • #9 First Year Experience
  • #28 Senior Capstone
  • #45 Study Abroad
  • #147 Social Mobility

U.S. News Best Grad School Rankings

  • #29 (tie) Best Business Schools
  • #33 (tie) Part-time MBA
  • #3 Supply Chain Management/Logistics
  • #15 Best Education Schools
  • #45 Best Engineering Schools
  • #27 Best Law Schools
  • #7 Dispute Resolution
  • #5 Legal Writing
  • #24 Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • #32 (tie) Best Nursing Schools: Master’s
  • #9 Audiology
  • #62 Biological Sciences
  • #52 Chemistry
  • #47 Chemical Engineering
  • #41 Clinical Psychology
  • #43 Computer Science
  • #15 Earth Sciences
  • #42 Economics
  • #60 English
  • #20 Fine Arts
  • #7 Ceramics
  • #9 Photography
  • #5 Print Making
  • #69 History
  • #62 Math
  • #44 Physics
  • #51 Political Science
  • #39 Psychology
  • #9 Public Affairs
  • #4 City Management and Urban Policy
  • #8 Environmental Policy and Management
  • #3 (tie) Homeland/National Security & Emergency Management
  • #4 Information and Technology Management
  • #9 Nonprofit Management
  • #10 Public Finance and Budgeting
  • #7 Public Management Administration
  • #12 Public Policy Analysis
  • #2 Local Government & Management
  • #7 Public Management & Leadership
  • #30 Social Work
  • #67 Sociology
  • #17 Speech-Language Pathology
  • #74 Statistics

U.S. News Best Online Programs Rankings

  • #2 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • #6 (tie) Best Online MBA Programs
  • #6 Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)
  • #6 (tie) Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs
  • #13 (tie) Best Online Graduate Education Programs
  • #9 (tie) Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs
  • #2 Best Online Bachelors for Veterans
  • #3 Best Online Graduate Education Programs for Veterans
  • #4 (tie) Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs for Veterans
  • #8 (tie) Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs for Veterans

U.S. News Best Global University Rankings

  • #134 (tie) Best Global Universities
  • #65 Arts and Humanities
  • #138 Biology and Biochemistry
  • #152 Chemistry
  • #89 Computer Science
  • #24 Economics and Business
  • #108 Engineering
  • #51 Environment/Ecology
  • #84 Geosciences
  • #179 Materials Science
  • #168 Mathematics
  • #329 (tie) Physics
  • #158 (tie) Plant and Animal Science
  • #76 (tie) Psychiatry/Psychology
  • #32 Social Sciences and Public Health
  • #109 Space Science

UA Recognized Nationally

Recognized by the Best Colleges 2020 edition of U.S. News & World Report, The University of Arizona was nationally ranked No.117 (tie) among all universities and No. 53 among public universities. (September 2019)

U.S. News Best College Rankings

  • #117(tie) National Universities Business Programs
  • #4 Management Information Systems
  • #53 Top Public Schools
  • #80 Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #54 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs
  • # 76 (tie) Undergraduate Teaching
  • #131 Best Value Schools

U.S. News Best Grad School Rankings

  • #69 Best Business Schools
  • #5 Information Systems
  • #46 Part-time MBA
  • #57 Best Education Schools
  • #58 Best Engineering Schools
  • #41 Best Law Schools
  • #28 Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • #39 (tie) Best Nursing Schools: Master’s
  • #9 Audiology
  • #46 Biological Sciences
  • #41 Chemistry
  • #10 Analytical
  • #31 Clinical Psychology
  • #43 Computer Science
  • #8 Earth Sciences
  • #3 Geology
  • #11 Geophysics and Seismology
  • #42 Economics
  • #77 English
  • #55 Fine Arts
  • #9 Photography
  • #63 History
  • #22 Library and Information Studies
  • #47 Math
  • #16 Pharmacy
  • #37 Physics
  • #10 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

  • #4 Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs
  • #21 (tie)Best Online MBA Programs
  • #30 (tie) Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs
  • #47 (tie) Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
  • #29 (tie) Best Online Bachelors Program
  • #29 Best Online Graduate Education Programs

U.S. News Best Global University Rankings

  • #77 Best Global Universities
  • #127 Agricultural Sciences
  • #37 Arts and Humanities
  • #158 Biology and Biochemistry
  • #384(tie) Chemistry
  • #163 (tie) Clinical Medicine
  • #95 (tie) Economics and Business
  • #208 (tie) Engineering
  • #38 Environment/Ecology
  • #29(tie) Geosciences
  • #110(tie) Microbiology
  • #182(tie) Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • #148(tie) Neuroscience and Behavior
  • #151 Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • #144) Physics
  • #26 Plant and Animal Science
  • #85 Psychiatry/Psychology
  • #70 Social Sciences and Public Health
  • #9(tie) Space Science

Arizona Best State for Community Colleges

WalletHub looked at over 700 community colleges and compared 17 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 2018)

  • 57. Cochise County Community College District
  • 157. Mohave Community College
  • 193. Paradise Valley Community College
  • 212. Mesa Community College
  • 225. Scottsdale Community College
  • 237. Chandler-Gilbert Community College
  • 248. GateWay Community College
  • 314. Tohono O’Odham Community College
  • 315. Eastern Arizona College
  • 336. Glendale Community College
  • 372. Pima Community College
  • 408. Phoenix College
  • 440. Estrella Mountain Community College
  • 511. Yavapai College
  • 524. South Mountain Community College
  • 540. Central Arizona College
  • 676. Northland Pioneer College
  • 643. Rio Salado College

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 #115 and University of Arizona came in #309 of the more than 700 best performing colleges that were analyzed. (July 2018)

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.UA made the list at #43. (June 2018)

Top Public Golf Courses

Golf Digest named the 100 greatest public golf courses in America for 2018.The Estancia Club 374 is new to list are located in the Phoenix area. (May 2018)

Arizona School Among America’s Most Challenging High Schools

Nationally BASIS Phoenix ranked #1 and Arizona College Prep-Erie ranked #164 America’s Most Challenging High Schools which 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 2018)

Arizona 15th in Well-Being

The Gallup-Sharecare 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 2018)

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