Tucson is Tops

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. https://azstateparks.com/press/PR_9_26_17 (September 2017)

Tucson Among Most Fun Cities in the U.S.

According to WalletHub, Tucson is No. 26 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. 31, Tempe, No. 38 and Phoenix, No. 47. https://wallethub.com/edu/most-fun-cities-in-the-us/23455/ (September 2017)

Town of Oro Valley Receives Procurement Award

For the 10th consecutive year, Oro Valley has received the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute. The Town of Oro Valley is one of 14 agencies in the United States and Canada to receive the award. Additional Award recipients include: the City of Tucson, Pima County and Pima County Amphitheater Schools. Award Criteria are designed to measure innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity and leadership attributes to the procurement function. https://npiconnection.org/awards/aep.asp (September 2017)

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. The University of Arizona ranked 38 out of the 227 schools that submitted completed responses by the deadline. Each year, school administrators participate by going to stars.asshe.org 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. http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/cool-schools-2017/cool-schools-2017-full-ranking (September 2017)

UA Top 25 Online MBA Programs

For the second year in a row, the Princeton Review has named UA’s Eller College of Management (#19) one of the top 25 Online MBA programs in the nation. 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. https://www.princetonreview.com/business-school-rankings/online-mba/top-25-online-mba-programs (September 2017)

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 among all universities and No. 58 among public universities. https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/university-of-arizona-1083/overall-rankings (September 2017)

U.S. News Best College Rankings

  • #124 National Universities
  • #21 Business Programs
  • #10 Entrepreneurship
  • #3 Management Information Systems
  • #58 Top Public Schools
  • #90 (tie) High School Counselor Rankings
  • #78 (tie) 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 (tie) 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 (tie) 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
  • #7 Speech-Language Pathology

U.S. News Best Online Programs Rankings

  • #11 Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs
  • #55 Best Online MBA Programs
  • #45 Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs
  • #43 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
  • #81 Best Online Bachelors Program

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
  • #200 Computer Science
  • #176 (tie) Clinical Medicine
  • #91 (tie) Economics and Business
  • #217 (tie) Engineering
  • #40 Environment/Ecology
  • #34 Geosciences
  • #120 Microbiology
  • #130 (tie) Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • #100 Neuroscience and Behavior
  • #137 Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • #121 (tie) Physics
  • #25 (tie) Plant and Animal Science
  • #72 Psychiatry/Psychology
  • #71 (tie) Social Sciences and Public Health
  • #7 Space Science

Hospitals Ranked Among Nation’s Best

According to U.S. News & World Report, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson received National Rankings as #38 in Gynecology, #42 in Pulmonary Care, #46 in Geriatrics, #48 in Cancer and High Performing in 4 Specialties (Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery). The publication also rated Banner – University Medical Center as the best hospital in Southeastern Arizona, and the No. 2 hospital in Arizona, tied with Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, its sister hospital. U.S. News evaluated nearly 4,500 medical centers and hospitals nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures, and conditions. http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings (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. https://www.princetonreview.com/schools/1023720/college/university-arizona (August 2017)

Best Real Estate Markets

Tucson is ranked as the #158 best real estate market in the U.S. according to WalletHub. 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. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-real-estate-markets/14889/ (August 2017)

Top Research Universities

The University of Arizona is ranked 99th 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. 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. http://www.shanghairanking.com/ARWU2017.html (August 2017)

Arizona Among Best States for Community Colleges

Tohono O’Odham #54 and Pima Community College #295 ranked among the top community colleges in the U.S. by the personal finance website, WalletHub, which analyzed 728 colleges overall. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-community-colleges/15076/ (August 2017)

Top Pet-Friendly Cities

Tucson #16 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. https://wallethub.com/edu/most-pet-friendly-cities/5562/ (August 2017)

Tucson Ranked 39th 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. https://wallethub.com/edu/most-and-least-educated-cities/6656/ (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.https://stars.aashe.org/institutions/participants-and-reports/ (July 2107)

Tucson Among Best Cities 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. Tucson ranked 7th for best recreation. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-cities-for-recreation/5144/ (July 2017)

Best Hospitals in Arizona

According to U.S. News & World Report, Mayo Clinic ranks #1, Banner University Medical Center Phoenix ranks #2, Banner University Medical Center Tucson ranks #3 and Banner Estrella Medical Center ranks #4 in 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 154 hospitals were nationally ranked in one or more specialties http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/az (July 2107)

Tucson Digital City

CIO has named the city of Tucson as one of the best cities for digital nomads. According to Web World Travel, a digital nomad is someone who uses technology to earn a living and go about their daily activities, no matter where they are. Tucson has made the list as a stand out when it comes to accommodating digital nomads particularly with interests in aviation, aerospace, healthcare, technology and defense. http://www.citi.io/2017/06/26/here-are-the-best-cities-for-digital-nomads-in-2017/ (July 2017)

Tucson Top 10 U.S. City for Dogs and their Owners

UpNest.com has ranked a list of the top 10 U.S. cities for dogs and their owners. Tucson came in No. 6, recognized as the perfect place for the budget-friendly dog owner to settle down and enjoy that famous desert clarity and have your dog explore to their hearts content. https://www.upnest.com/1/post/top-10-cities-for-dogs/ (July 2017)

UA 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 #162 and University of Arizona came in #325 of the more than 700 best performing colleges that were analyzed. http://new.money.com/money/best-colleges/rankings/best-colleges/ (July 2017)

UA Law School Among Top for Affordability

A new Student Loan Hero study surveyed 116 law schools to find the top 20 that gives graduates a leg up on repaying student loans. University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law ranks 7 among the most affordable law schools. http://college.usatoday.com/2017/06/24/20-best-law-schools-for-avoiding-six-figure-student-debt/ (June 2017)

Top City for Best Drivers

Tucson ranks 23rd on America’s 2017 best drivers report. 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. https://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/americas-best-drivers.aspx (June 2017)

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

UA is ranked 43rd for aspiring entrepreneurs and one of only two Arizona schools listed. 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. http://www.collegechoice.net/best-colleges-for-entrepreneurs/ (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.https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2017/reputation-ranking#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats (June 2017)

Tucson Best City for Staycations

WalletHub considered 36 key indicators in ranking the 150 largest U.S. cities. Tucson ranks No.20 for best cities for staycations. 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. Tucson also ranks #4 for most museums and #5 for most public golf courses per capita. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-cities-for-staycations/4341/ (June 2017)

Tucson Ranks 5th for Air Quality

In 2016, the Tucson Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) ranked fifth (tie) out of the 12 MSAs in the percentage of good air quality days. Tucson air quality was rated “good” 54.9% of the time, while Portland ranked first with 82.0%. Tucson had 98.9% of days classified as good or moderate, 1.1% ranked unhealthy for sensitive groups and 0% very unhealthy. http://mapazdashboard.arizona.edu/quality-place/air-quality (June 2017)

AZ Cities Receive “Tree City USA” Recognition

Twenty-nine Arizona cities made the list. Some of those included are: Town of Marana and Tucson received recognition as “Tree City USA” in honor of Arbor Day. https://www.arborday.org/programs/treecityusa/treecities.cfm?chosenstate=Arizona (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. http://www.gosparc.org/solsmart-designees/ (June 2017)

AZ Cities Popular Places to Live

Business Insider along with Realtor.com recently conducted a study to find the top 10 U.S. cities on people’s “must-move-to” list. Realtor.com 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. http://www.businessinsider.com/most-popular-cities-to-live-2017-6/#3-las-vegas-nevada-8 (June 2017)

Tucson Among Best Cycling Cities

MapMyRun has named Tucson among the best top 10 U.S. cities for that are especially bike-friendly. According to the blog, Tucson is built for cyclists of all interest levels. With all of the sunshine and warm weather, cycling is a year round activity for residents and visiting professionals alike.http://blog.mapmyrun.com/10-best-cycling-cities-u-s/ (June 2017)

Tucson No. 2 Best Small City

Resonance Consulting teamed up with National Geographic to find the Best American Cities, a ranking of the 50 Best Large American Cities as well as the 50 Best Small American Cities. 27 factors were considered in six categories using a combination of core statistics and online rankings and reviews. Tucson was named the #2 Best Smallest City overall and is ranked in six smaller categories: #1 in product (local institutions and attractions), #2 in program (food, culture and nightlife), and #3 in promotion (amount of news coverage and quality of online reviews). http://www.crossroadstoday.com/story/35671828/resonance-consultancy-announces-americas-best-cities (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. http://www.seia.org/research-resources/solar-market-insight-report-2017-q2#overlay-context= (June 2017)

Tucson and Oro Valley are 2017 ‘Playful City USA Communities’

The national non-profit program, KaBoom, awarded the communities of Oro Valley and Tucson the designation of “Playful City USA Community” for the creative and innovative ways they incorporate play into their daily parks and recreation operations. https://kaboom.org/playability/playful_city_usa/communities (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. https://www.buzzfeed.com/whitneyjefferson/america-the-beautiful?utm_term=.lfKeJz8kd#.hcG5wn68p (May 2017)

UA Earns 2016 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. https://www.arborday.org/programs/treecampususa/campuses.cfm (May 2017)

Arizona Has Best High Schools in Nation’s Top 25

Nationally ranked Arizona high schools include: BASIS Tucson North #2, BASIS Oro Valley #3, and University HS – Tucson #15. The U.S. News & World Report rankings include data on more than 21,000 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. https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/search?state-urlname=arizona (April 2017)

Tucson is Ranked a Happiest City

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. Tucson was ranked #84. https://wallethub.com/edu/happiest-places-to-live/32619/#main-findings (April 2017)

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, UA research expenditures placed 34th out of 876 ahead of University of Chicago, Brown and Princeton. https://ncsesdata.nsf.gov/profiles/site?method=rankingBySource&ds=HERD&o=n&s=a#U (April 2017)

UA One of Top Universities in America

University of Arizona is ranked #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. https://www.niche.com/colleges/rankings/top-public-universities/ (March 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. https://www.worldatwork.org/aboutus/seal-of-distinction/seal-of-distinction-recipients-2017.jsp (February 2017)

Tops for Finding a Job in 2017

Tucson is #102 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). https://wallethub.com/edu/best-cities-for-jobs/2173/ (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. According to PatScale.com, recent alumni who majored in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) earn on average, more than $50,000 a year. http://time.com/money/4203233/great-science-colleges-for-good-students/ (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. http://www.well-beingindex.com/topic/state-rankings (February 2017)

Tucson Best City 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. Tucson is ranked #21. They analyzed 24 key metrics, ranging from the average monthly fitness club fee to the number of sports clubs per capita. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-cities-for-an-active-lifestyle/8817/ (February 2017)

Tucson Top Real Estate Markets for 2017

The Realtor.com economic team is forecasting that the hottest markets for housing growth in 2017 will be in the western U.S. with Tucson coming at No. 9. The top 10 markets all benefit from strong growth dynamics: population, jobs and households. These markets are forecast to see average price gains of 5.8% and sales growth at 6.3% exceeding next years anticipated national growth of 1.9%. http://www.realtor.com/news/trends/top-real-estate-markets-2017/ (January 2017)

Arizona’s Three State Universities Best for Vets

Arizona State University ranked No.66, University of Arizona ranked No.74 and Northern Arizona University ranked No.79 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. http://www.militarytimes.com/bestforvets-colleges2017 (December 2016)

Tucson Top Travel Destination

Trip Advisor has named the 2016 Top 10 Destinations on the Rise in the U.S. Tucson has been awarded No. 7 most notably for fantastic weather, national parks and forests and desert provide the perfect environment for tons of outdoor recreational activities. This city of half a million people also has its share of history and culture. https://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-DestinationsontheRise-cTop10-g191 (December 2016)

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. https://www.unitedvanlines.com/contact-united/news/movers-study-2016 (December 2016)

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 13 million jobs over the next five years, according to Moody’s Analytics. Arizona is expected to have job growth at 2.2% annually. https://www.forbes.com/pictures/mli45fglmm/4-arizona/#1b4197237efc (November 2016)

UA Among Nation’s Top “Bicycle Friendly Universities”

UA has been named one of the most bike friendly universities in the country. UA was awarded Gold. 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 127 universities UA was recognized by the organization and one of 19 to receive gold status. http://bikeleague.org/sites/default/files/BFU_Master_Award_List_2016.pdf (November 2016)

UA Earns ‘Military Friendly School’ Accolade

University of Arizona (Bronze) 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. https://asunow.asu.edu/20151105-asu-military-friendly-school-accolade-seventh-straight-year (November 2016)

Tucson Strikes Gold with Two Wheels

Tucson & East Pima Region was one of only 26 cities in the US that received the Gold or Platinum recognition by the League of American Bicyclists. The League of American Bicyclists ranked 350 communities from all 50 states, and of those communities, 21 were designated as gold-level and 5 as platinum-level. http://bikeleague.org/sites/default/files/BFC_Master_Fall_2016.pdf (November 2016)

Arizona Blue Ribbon School

US Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon School program has recognized 4 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 2016 are: University High School in Tucson, Fuller Elementary in Tempe, Jack Barne Elementary in Queen Creek, and Vista Del Sur Traditional School in Laveen. http://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/2016/national.pdf (October 2016)

Tucson Most Romantic City

Readers of Travel and Leisure voted Tucson as the #6 most romantic city in the nation. According to the travelandleisure.com, Tucson is not just for snowbirds-it is also for lovebirds. http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/americas-most-romantic-cities/6 (October 2016)

University of Arizona Named Among Top Universities in the Country

UA placed 76th in Washington Monthly Magazine’s 2016 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). http://washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide?ranking=2016-rankings-national-universities (October 2016)

Tucson Among Top Ten Most Caring Cities

The real estate website Movoto has named Tucson to its list of America’s 10 Most Caring Cities. Tucson received high marks for pet shelters, homeless services, counseling services, and the low crime rate. Outranked only by Atlanta and Austin, Tucson placed third on the real estate blog’s listing. http://www.movoto.com/blog/top-ten/most-caring-cities-in-america/ (October 2016)

UA Named in Times Higher Education World University Rankings

The University of Arizona is ranked No. 156 in the annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2016-17. 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. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2016/world-ranking#!/page/0/length/25 (October 2016)

Tucson Ranked in the Top 50 for Cyclists

Tucson came in 23rd as a top cycling city. With great weather, beautiful scenery and plenty of trails to ride along, Arizona seems to be a cyclist’s paradise. http://www.bicycling.com/culture/news/the-50-best-bike-cities-of-2016/slide/21 (September 2016)

The ENR2 Building at UA has Achieved LEED platinum Certification

ENR2 simultaneously became the largest project in the state of Arizona, by square footage, to earn the prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED v2009 rating system. https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/enr2-goes-platinum-gains-highest-leed-certification (September 2016)

Tucson Ranked Top Running City

Tucson is ranked as #18 among the best 50 cities for running by Runners World. Tucson has views as you run through the trails in the Catalina Mountains, or trails in Sabino Canyon, touting some of the best sky-scapes in the West. http://www.runnersworld.com/where-to-run/the-50-best-running-cities/slide/49 (September 2016)

UA Cancer Center Retains Comprehensive Cancer Status

The Comprehensive Cancer Center designation gives Arizonans access to research-driven, highly personalized, cancer care and treatments. The UA Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive center with headquarters in Arizona – and one of 45 in the nation. The UA Cancer Center has been recognized for its multidisciplinary cancer research and research-driven clinical care through a highly competitive grant award from the NCI. The NCI has renewed the center’s status as a Comprehensive Cancer Center and awarded a five-year, $17.6 million Cancer Center Support Grant, based on the strength, depth and breadth of basic laboratory, clinical, prevention, control and population-based research. https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/ua-cancer-center-retains-status-176m-award?utm_source=uanow&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=biweekly-uanow (August 2016)

University High and Catalina Foothills High School Top High Schools

Several Arizona schools were recognized as America’s Top High Schools by Newsweek. University High ranked the highest at No. 30 and Catalina Foothills High School ranked No. 310. 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. http://www.newsweek.com/high-schools/americas-top-high-schools-2016 (August 2016)

UA Ranked Among Elite 100 World Universities

University of Arizona (#73) ranks among the top elite world universities in the world in 2016. 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. http://cwur.org/2016.php (July 2016)

Tucson is One of 10 Best Cities for Return on Salary

CareerCast.com has named Tucson as one of the best cities in the U.S which offers the best return on salary. In order to determine the top 10, CareerCast.com cross referenced the salaries of 200 careers tracked by their Jobs Rated report and measured the average cost of living in each city. The top ten cities on the list all have below average cost of living expenses and each ranks in highly paid Jobs Related careers. http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/10-best-cities-return-salary (August 2017)

Tucson No.1 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. According to GOBankingRates research, it costs $39,966 per year to live comfortably in Tucson, making it the most affordable large city in the U.S., and the only one where you can survive nicely on less than $40k per year. http://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/10-cities-where-you-can-live-well-for-less-than-45k-a-year.html (June 2016)

Tucson is #1 Under the Radar Food Town

Wine Enthusiast has chosen five U.S. cities that are oft-overlooked and highlights the locals that transformed the dining landscapes of their hometown. Tucson is #1. http://www.winemag.com/listicle/2016s-top-under-the-radar-food-towns/ (June 2016)

UA Best College in Arizona

Located in Tucson, the University of Arizona (Top College No. 200) is a public research school founded in 1885 that emphasizes giving students real-world experiences in their area of study to better prepare them for the workforce. The university has well-regarded programs in the physical sciences and health. Last fall, UA became the first school in the U.S. to offer an undergraduate degree in law. It is home to the world’s largest institution devoted to documenting the history of modern North American photography. The UA campus is one of the greenest spaces in the state of Arizona with its own arboretum and biosphere. The school competes in NCAA Division I athletics and the school mascot is the Wildcat. http://www3.forbes.com/business/the-best-college-in-every-state/4/ (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. http://mapazdashboard.arizona.edu/article/how-does-arizona-compare-next-generation-jobs (June 2016)

Arizona Schools Among America’s Most Challenging High Schools

Basis Oro Valley #1, Basis Flagstaff #2, Basis North #5 and Accelerated Elementary and Secondary schools # 6 made the top 10.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. http://apps.washingtonpost.com/local/highschoolchallenge/schools/2016/list/national/ (April 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. https://www.alec.org/publication/rich-states-poor-states/ (April 2016)

Ranked as Best Employer

Pima County ranked 230 in 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?” http://www.forbes.com/best-employers/list/#tab:rank_search:arizona (March 2016)

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

Site Selection put Arizona 15th in its 2015 rankings, while Pollina pegged the Grand Canyon State at 17th in its 2015 report. Those are slightly higher than the previous year’s positions (17th and 19th, respectively). In even better news, the survey of site selection executives and consultants deemed Arizona as the state with the 12th best business climate. In addition, Pollina predicts that if Arizona can make a few adjustments, it could break into the top 10 pro-business list later this year. http://commercial-real-estate-tucson.com/arizona-in-good-position-in-latest-crop-of-business-friendly-rankings/ (February 2016)

Marana is a “Best Neighborhood” in Tucson for Young Professionals

Marana has more people who work in technology fields than 95% of the neighborhoods in the United States. Additionally, there are a lot of college educated residents. Both of these factors create an environment that fosters R thinking and business-focused mindsets. Some Entrepreneurs have been drawn to this area as an opportunity for growth. http://www.movoto.com/guide/tucson-az/best-neighborhoods-in-tucson-for-young-professionals/ (January 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. www.nursing.arizona.edu (December 2015)

Tucson Medical Center Joins the Mayo Clinic Care Network

Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Care Network members share a common philosophy, commitment and mission to improve the delivery of health care. The network recognizes that people prefer to get their health care close to home. The main goal of the network is to help people gain the benefits of Mayo Clinic expertise without having to travel to a Mayo Clinic facility. www.mayoclinic.org (May 2015)

Tucson Makes List of Wine Country Destinations

Tucson came in No. 8 in a list of the top 10 most affordable cities near wine country. The list was compiled by national real estate company Refin and Food and Wine Magazine. The report tapped Tucson because of its proximity to the growing wine regions of Wilcox and Sonoita. https://www.redfin.com/blog/2015/04/the-10-best-affordable-cities-near-wine-country.html#.VWXynZVFA5v (April 2015)

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