Phoenix at its Finest

Phoenix Emerges as Second-Largest Data Center Market in the U.S.

The Metro Phoenix area has solidified its position as the second-largest data center market in the United States, driven by factors such as affordable power, available land for development, and substantial completed leases for new capacity. JLL’s report anticipates a continued trend of pre-leasing in Phoenix and other primary data center markets, emphasizing the importance of strategic planning for users and operators. With Phoenix’s data center inventory expanding rapidly, the region remains competitive due to relatively low power costs compared to other major markets. The growing demand for power-intensive applications like AI and large language models underscores the significance of robust data center infrastructure. As capital continues to flow into the sector, collaboration with experienced facilities and property management experts is essential to navigate challenges such as labor shortages and ensure optimal operations amidst rapid expansion. (March 2024)

Arizona Shines in Senior Living

Seniorly’s 2024 Best of Senior Living Awards highlights Arizona’s notable presence, ranking #5 in the nation with 15 award-winning senior living facilities. Acoya Troon in Scottsdale, AZ, particularly stands out as the sixth-best facility nationwide. The awards, based on 500,000 online reviews across 60,000 facilities, consider factors like cleanliness, dining services, staff ratings, value, care services, and resident satisfaction. Facilities must rank in the top two percent of consumer sentiment ratings, maintain a clean licensing record, and avoid negative media coverage to qualify. Arizona’s recognition underscores its commitment to providing high-quality senior living options amidst nationwide acclaim. (March 2024)

Scottsdale Ranks High for Work/Life Balance and Mental Health

CoworkingCafe has recently released its updated ranking of the best U.S. cities for work/life balance and mental health in 2024, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing personal well-being alongside professional pursuits. Factors such as work hours, accessibility to leisure activities and healthcare, availability of green spaces, air quality, income levels, buying power, commute times, and the prevalence of remote work were taken into account. Scottsdale, ranked at #20, maintained its presence in the top 20 for the second consecutive year. Highlights for Scottsdale include a notable increase in telecommuting, with 26% of the workforce working remotely, ranking 2nd in the nation. The city also boasts significant metrics in mental health, such as ample green spaces with 128.4 acres per 1,000 residents (ranking #3) and a high health insurance coverage of 94.7% (ranking #10). The median income in Scottsdale stands at $104,197 per year, the ninth highest nationally. (March 2024)

Arizona State University Excels in Online Education

Arizona State University (ASU) has achieved significant recognition in online education, with its online bachelor’s programs ranked #4 by U.S. News & World Report, surpassing several prestigious institutions. ASU also secured the #3 spot nationally for its online bachelor’s in business. ASU Online, designed to cater to the needs of military-affiliated students, enrolled nearly 12,000 such students in 2023. Notably, ASU ranked in the top 10 for online programs for veterans across several categories, including bachelor’s programs and master’s programs in various fields. ASU’s commitment to online education is evident through its expansion, offering access to more than 300-degree programs regardless of students’ locations. The university’s recognition among the best online programs nationwide reflects its dedication to educational excellence and student success. (February 2024)

Scottsdale’s Strong Work Ethic Propels It to Top 10

Scottsdale, Arizona secured the 8th position among the top 20 cities analyzed by CoworkingCafe, emphasizing its strong work ethic and economic vitality. With nearly 71 total points, Scottsdale stood out with the second-best efficiency score nationwide, boasting over 26% of residents working from home and an average commute time of just over 21 minutes. The city ranked 5th in the work category, with an average work week close to 41 hours, placing third among top performers nationally. Notably, Scottsdale’s young workforce significantly contributes to its economic strength, with nearly 62% actively engaged in the local economy among the 16 to 24 age group. (February 2024)

Arizona State University Graduates Highly Employable

Arizona State University (ASU) has received high praise for the employability of its graduates, according to the Global Employability University Ranking & Survey (GEURS). ASU holds the 34th spot internationally and ranks 13th among U.S. institutions for employable graduates, placing ahead of esteemed universities like Johns Hopkins and the University of Chicago. ASU is particularly notable for its strong ties to major employers such as Amazon, Intel, and Deloitte. Jake Brown from PepsiCo highlighted ASU’s robust supply chain degree program as a key source of talented hires for the company. ASU’s impressive standing in the GEURS ranking underscores its commitment to excellence and accessibility in higher education. (February 2024)

Arizona Shines in Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat

Yelp’s 11th annual Top 100 Places to Eat in 2024 has revealed Arizona’s culinary prowess with restaurants earning high spots on the list, including the prestigious #1 position with Tumerico in Tucson. The other notable restaurants are, De Babel at #14 in Scottsdale, Worth Takeaway at #36 in Mesa, Buendia Breakfast & Lunch Cafe at #39 in Tucson, Baja Cafe at #50 in Tucson, and Cocina Madrigal at #52 in Phoenix. Each restaurant offers a unique dining experience, from upscale to casual, showcasing the diverse culinary landscape of the state. (February 2024)

Glendale, Arizona Tops the Nation as No. 1 City for Remote Work Growth in 2023

Glendale, Arizona, emerges as the top city for remote work opportunities in the U.S., experiencing a remarkable 37.5% increase in work-from-home jobs since 2021, according to a study by The city added 6,067 new remote positions, outperforming all other cities nationwide with a 7.6% higher growth in remote jobs. This surge in remote work could be attributed to Glendale’s thriving sectors like technology, biotech, research, and financial analytics. In contrast to the overall national trend, Glendale stands out as a hub where remote work is not only prevalent but on the rise. (January 2024)

Arizona Shines: Scottsdale Leads Top Cities for Jobs in 2024

Arizona’s prominence in the job market has Scottsdale securing the top spot among the best cities for jobs in 2024, boasting the nation’s highest job growth of nearly 12% according to WalletHub. The city excels in internship opportunities and offers both quantity and quality in employment, with the 5th highest median annual income adjusted for the cost of living. Arizona’s cities, including Tempe (13th) and Phoenix (37th), also make significant contributions to the overall strong job market, reflecting the state’s robust employment landscape. (January 2024)

Arizona State University Secures Ninth Consecutive Year as U.S. Innovation Leader

Arizona State University (ASU) has secured the top spot in innovation among American universities for the 9th consecutive year, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 “Best Colleges” rankings. ASU’s continuous leadership in innovation reflects its commitment to excellence, broad access to quality education, and societal impact as a New American University. The university has consistently outranked prestigious institutions like MIT and Stanford in various categories, including global impact, research expenditures, journalism, engineering technology enrollment, and business online bachelor’s programs. (January 2024)

Scottsdale Ranks Among Top U.S. Cities for Business Founders

Scottsdale has been identified as one of the cities with the highest proportion of business founders in the United States, according to a study by OnDeck. Analyzing LinkedIn profiles nationwide, the study found that Scottsdale boasts 217.9 business founders per 10,000 residents, securing its place among the top cities for entrepreneurial activity. (December 2023)

Arizona Top for Winter Hiking

Hiking has become the most popular outdoor activity in the U.S., boasting a population of approximately 59.6 million hikers. Viator recently ranked the best states for winter hiking, with Arizona claiming the top spot. The analysis considered factors such as the number of trails, temperature, precipitation, and trail ratings. New Mexico and California secured the second and third positions, respectively. (December 2023)

Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Second in Teach For America Graduates, 2023

Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College contributed the second-highest number of graduates (43) to Teach For America among large universities in the United States. Teach For America engages corps members in at least two years of teaching in under-resourced public schools, working to enhance educational opportunities for children nationwide. ASU’s strong partnership and engagement with Teach For America distinguish it from other universities, contributing to its success in reaching students. (December 2023)

Arizona State University In Top Five Ranking In Key Research Categories

In fiscal year 2022, Arizona State University (ASU) achieved a notable milestone by ranking among the top five research institutions without a medical school, according to the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) survey. ASU emerged as one of only two institutions without medical schools to secure top-five rankings across key categories such as inventions disclosed, U.S. patents issued, license and option deals closed, and startups launched. The university exhibited improvement in two metrics from the previous fiscal year, rising to 4th for inventions disclosed and 5th for license and option deals closed. (November 2023)

Phoenix Sky Harbor Best Airport in Nation

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has clinched the top spot as the nation’s best airport in the Wall Street Journal’s latest rankings, marking its second win after also being named the best in 2019. With a score of 63.4 out of 100, Sky Harbor outperformed all other airports, excelling in both reliability and value and convenience categories. The assessment considered factors such as Transportation Security Administration wait times, on-time arrivals, and tarmac wait times. The airport’s notable strengths include minimal flight cancellations, shorter delays, and efficient baggage claim, contributing to a stress-free travel experience. (November 2023)

ASU Secures Top Spot for Hosting International Students

Arizona State University (ASU) has earned the top spot for the third consecutive year as the #1 public university for hosting international students, according to the 2023 Institute of International Education’s Open Doors Report. Outranking prestigious institutions like the University of Illinois, Purdue, and the University of Michigan. ASU has held this position six times in the past eight years. In fall 2022, ASU hosted over 17,900 international students, marking a 17% increase from the previous year. ASU now stands fourth in international student choice nationwide, surpassing the University of Southern California, the University of Illinois, and Purdue. With international students constituting more than 15% of the total student population on Arizona campuses, ASU’s global reputation for academic excellence continues to attract students from 157 countries. The university’s commitment to innovation, inspiring faculty, and diverse programs contributes to its appeal among international students, supported by resources such as the International Students and Scholars Center. (November 2023)

Scottsdale and Gilbert Rank Among Safest Cities in America

Arizona is represented well in the ranking of safest cities in the U.S., with Gilbert and Scottsdale securing the 4th and 10th positions, respectively. The safety analysis conducted by WalletHub encompasses various factors, including home and community safety, natural-disaster risk, and financial safety. Gilbert, with an overall score of 84.24, stands out with notable rankings in home and community safety and financial safety. Scottsdale, securing the 10th position, exhibits strength in home and community safety and natural-disaster risk. (November 2023)

Arizona State University Recognized as 2023 Fulbright HSI Leader

Arizona State University (ASU) has received recognition as a Fulbright HSI (Hispanic-Serving Institution) Leader for 2023, declared by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. ASU, which achieved HSI status in June 2022, is being honored as a Fulbright HSI Leader for the first time. As part of this recognition, ASU is among 25 doctoral universities distinguished as Fulbright HSI Leaders this year. This achievement underscores ASU’s commitment to promoting cultural exchange, research-based collaboration, and global citizenship. The university also stands out as a top-producing institution for Fulbright students and faculty scholars in 2023, making it one of only nine universities to receive this dual distinction. (October 2023)

Scottsdale and Gilbert Best for Veterans and Military

Two Arizona cities, Scottsdale and Gilbert, have been recognized as among the 10 best cities for veterans to live in. This acknowledgment comes from a report by the personal-finance website WalletHub, which assessed 100 major U.S. cities across various metrics, including military skill-related job availability and housing affordability. Scottsdale ranks 6th and Gilbert 8th on the list, providing favorable living conditions for veterans. This recognition is timely as Veterans Day approaches and is a testament to the support and opportunities available for veterans in these Arizona cities. (October 2023)

Arizona Ranks 25th for Tech Startups Amid AI Boom

Arizona has been ranked as the 25th best state for tech startups according to a study by Appy Pie. The study assessed six categories, with Arizona’s rankings as follows: 14th for the concentration of tech firms, 19th for the proportion of tech workers in its workforce, 21st for the number of patents per capita, 23rd for public funding allocated to tech-related projects, and 25th for VC growth in the last five years. The AI market’s anticipated growth presents opportunities for tech startups to leverage generative AI platforms and innovate beyond traditional tech hubs. (October 2023)

Future Ready Cities: Phoenix and Tucson

In a ranking of the most future-ready cities by Point2 in the United States, Phoenix, AZ is positioned at #31, and Tucson, AZ is ranked at #33 out of 100 rankings. These rankings indicate their readiness for the future, with Phoenix slightly ahead of Tucson. The cities were evaluated across various categories, including Business & Technology, Internet Connectivity, Environment & Sustainability, Transit & Mobility, and Economy & Demographics, to determine their future readiness. (October 2023)

Top Colleges and Universities in Arizona

WalletHub’s 2024 Best College & University Rankings report assesses over 800 U.S. higher-education institutions using 30 criteria across seven categories. Arizona has produced 3 top colleges, which are The University of Arizona, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott, and Arizona Christian University. Each excels in specific areas, such as graduation rate, admission rate, and student-faculty ratio. These rankings aim to help prospective college students make informed decisions. (October 2023)

Arizona Dominates Golf Rankings

Arizona stands out in golf rankings with six cities featured among the top 50 for golfers in the United States, according to a report by LawnStarter. Scottsdale, Arizona takes the lead as the #1 best city for golfers, followed by Tucson at #6, Phoenix #18, Surprise #22, Mesa #24, and Peoria also making the list at #47. LawnStarter assessed these cities based on various factors, including public and premium course access, course quality, golfer groups, and climate. Overall, Arizona’s strong presence reflects its appeal to golf enthusiasts and favorable golfing conditions. (September 2023)

Arizona Ranks 10th Most Diverse State in 2023

Arizona has been ranked the 10th most diverse state in the United States for 2023, according to a report by WalletHub. This ranking is based on an analysis of six key diversity categories, including socio-economic, cultural, economic, household, religious, and political diversity. Arizona performed well in areas such as linguistic diversity (8th), birthplace diversity (3rd), and racial and ethnic diversity (11th). The report highlights the increasing diversity in the United States, with projections indicating a future where there is no single ethnic majority by 2045. (September 2023)

Phoenix, Tucson, and Mesa Top Cities for Seniors

Phoenix, Tucson, and Mesa, Arizona have all ranked among the top 15 cities where seniors are the most financially secure, according to recent data from SmartAsset. The study, which examined data for the 37 largest cities in the U.S., measured financial security among seniors by analyzing factors like poverty, income, and home affordability. Mesa, Arizona stands out as the most financially secure city for seniors, ranking at #1. Tucson, Arizona also made the top 10 at #7, with 74.40% of seniors owning their homes and relatively affordable housing costs. Meanwhile, Phoenix, Arizona ranks #11 with 76.00% senior homeownership, contributing to a manageable housing market for seniors in the city. (September 2023)

ASU Leads the Way in Innovation and Impact

Arizona State University (ASU) has once again secured the top spot in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” 2024 rankings for innovation, marking its ninth consecutive year at No. 1. ASU’s commitment to innovation aligns with its broader mission as a New American University, emphasizing excellence, access to quality education, and societal impact. ASU has also earned numerous other top rankings, including being No. 1 in global impact (Times Higher Education), research expenditures in various fields (National Science Foundation), engineering technology enrollment (American Society for Engineering Education), journalism awards (Broadcast Education Association), visual and performing arts doctorates (National Science Foundation), and more. President Michael M. Crow highlighted ASU’s dedication to addressing complex global challenges through innovation and collaboration across disciplines. (September 2023)

Phoenix and Tucson Among the Best Hiking Cities in the U.S.

Phoenix and Tucson have both earned top spots on LawnStarter’s list of the best hiking cities in the United States. Phoenix, at #2, is surrounded by rugged mountain ranges like the McDowell Mountains and Phoenix Mountains; offers hikers the chance to ascend Camelback Mountain for stunning panoramas; and has convenient urban routes like the Cholla Trail and Echo Canyon Trail. Tucson, at #5, boasts a variety of scenic trails at Saguaro National Park, with Valley View Overlook Trail offering picturesque views above vast cacti landscapes. Both cities benefit from a mild winter climate for hiking, though precautions should be taken during the hot summer months. (September 2023)

Chandler, Arizona 6th on Family-Friendly Cities

Chandler, Arizona has secured the 6th spot on Opendoor’s 2023 Family-Friendly Cities list, which highlights communities across the United States that provide excellent access to outdoor amenities. The list acknowledges the importance of parks for public health, climate resilience, and community cohesion. Chandler’s inclusion underscores its commitment to family-oriented programming and investments in green spaces that promote a healthy lifestyle and community engagement. (September 2023)

Arizona’s Charter Schools Shine

Arizona is home to three of the five best charter schools in the United States, according to the 2023-2024 Best High Schools rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The schools are BASIS with Peoria at #2 and Scottsdale at #4. Oro Valley in the #5 spot. These rankings evaluate nearly 18,000 public high schools across the nation, considering factors like graduation rates, college readiness, curriculum breadth, and performance on state assessments. The highest-ranked schools excel in these areas, with a focus on underserved student performance and diversity. (September 2023)

Arizona State University Tops Forbes List as Arizona’s Best College Employer

Arizona State University (ASU) has been recognized as one of America’s Best Employers by State for 2023 by Forbes. This recognition reflects ASU’s commitment to providing an exceptional work environment for its faculty and staff. ASU’s Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Michael G. Latsko, highlighted the university’s dedication to creating a thriving and collaborative workplace. Forbes collaborated with Statista to conduct a survey involving 70,000 employees across the U.S. and the District of Columbia, evaluating factors such as willingness to recommend the employer, diversity, development opportunities, salary, working conditions, and overall image of the university. ASU had previously been named one of America’s Best Large Employers for 2023, reaffirming its position as a top employer. (August 2023)

Arizona Cities Excel in Income Growth Analysis

SmartAsset’s analysis of income growth among 124 major U.S. cities reveals noteworthy performances in several Arizona cities. Specifically, Glendale ranks 34th, Mesa stands at 45th, Phoenix secures the 22nd position, Chandler is at 19th, Tucson ranks 18th, and Scottsdale impressively lands at 11th place in terms of income growth. This data contrasts with cities like New York and San Francisco, which experienced income losses during the same period. The analysis highlights significant economic disparities and opportunities for growth across various U.S. cities, showcasing Arizona’s positive income growth trends amid the national landscape. (August 2023)

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Shines in U.S.

Planetware’s analysis of flight delays and cancellations in the United States showcases Arizona’s Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as a standout performer. The airport boasts the third shortest wait time among major airports, with an impressively short 8-minute average wait time and an 81% on-time flight rate, securing a ninth-place ranking among the busiest U.S. airports. In contrast to longer wait times in Hawaii and Illinois, Arizona travelers can enjoy swift airport experiences. These findings underscore Arizona’s commitment to providing efficient and punctual air travel experiences for its residents and visitors alike. (August 2023)

New Residents Continue Moving to Arizona, Despite Heat

Arizona has seen a notable influx of high-earning households, ranking fourth in the nation for net migration in this category, with a gain of 4,563 households. According to the Phoenix Business Journal, this is largely attributed to the state’s attractive low-tax environment. Maricopa County, particularly suburban areas like Queen Creek and Maricopa, has been at the forefront of this population growth, adding 56,831 residents in a year. Coolidge experienced a remarkable 12% population increase, partly due to advanced manufacturing job opportunities tied to the SRP Generating Station expansion. Arizona’s strong energy resources, including its second-place ranking in solar energy potential and a new battery manufacturing complex by LG Energy Solutions, have contributed to its appeal. The growing population has also spurred expansion in the healthcare sector, expected to grow by 3% annually, while the Phoenix metro area’s lower cost of living compared to other major cities continues to draw new residents. (August 2023)

Arizona is Tops for Pets

Scottsdale, Arizona is ranked as the most pet-friendly city in the U.S., according to WalletHub’s analysis of 100 of the largest U.S. cities across 23 key metrics related to pet-friendliness. The ranking takes into account factors such as pet budget, pet health and wellness, and outdoor pet-friendliness. Other Arizona cities, including Gilbert and Tucson, also made the list. The analysis recognizes the importance of pet companionship for nearly 90.5 million households in the U.S. and provides valuable insights for pet owners looking for cities that cater to the well-being of their furry, feathered, or scaled family members while considering factors like affordability and access to pet services. (August 2023)

Best Real Estate Markets

To determine the best real estate markets in the U.S., WalletHub analyzed 300 cities across 17 key indicators, including median home-price appreciation and job growth. In this ranking, Gilbert, Arizona stands out as one of the top markets for housing, securing the 10th position. Other Arizona cities also making appearances are Tempe at 25th place, Peoria at 15th place, Surprise at 21st place, and Phoenix at 38th place. These rankings consider various factors affecting housing-market attractiveness and economic strength, which can be essential for both real estate professionals and potential homebuyers. (August 2023)

Greater Phoenix and Arizona Shine in 2023 Sustainability Rankings

Greater Phoenix and Arizona have earned recognition for their dedication to sustainability and environmental enhancement, with Site Selection Magazine’s 2023 Annual Sustainability Rankings positioning the region as seventh nationally and second in the Mountain Region. Arizona achieved fifth place in the nation and first in the Mountain Region. The rankings were based on various factors like LEED-certified buildings, renewable energy capacity, eco-friendly initiatives, energy-efficient structures, green regulations, solar job data, and corporate social responsibility rankings. The positive impact of Phoenix’s sustainability efforts extends to business, underscored by a Deloitte study revealing that a significant proportion of millennials and Gen Z individuals factor personal ethics into their career and purchasing decisions. This emphasizes the role of sustainability in shaping business approaches within the Greater Phoenix area. (July 2023)

Arizona is No. 11 in the Country for Most Fun States to Visit

States vary in their ability to provide personalized enjoyment, leading some individuals to consider relocating for a better lifestyle. Certain states prioritize fun as an integral part of life, catering to diverse preferences for entertainment. WalletHub conducted a comprehensive comparison of all 50 states, analyzing 26 key indicators that encompass a range of enjoyable activities, ensuring affordability. These indicators span from movie expenses and access to national parks to the density of nightlife options per capita. Arizona comes in at #11 with a nightlife score of 23. (July 2023)

Phoenix is the No. 1 Relocation Destination

According to Redfin, Phoenix has claimed the top spot among U.S. cities attracting the most incoming homebuyers. The city’s affordable housing market, favorable climate, and job opportunities are identified as key factors driving this trend. There is an increase in out-of-state buyers, particularly from expensive urban areas. Overall, Phoenix’s affordability and attractive lifestyle have propelled it to become a leading choice for individuals seeking a new place to call home. (July 2023)

Arizona State University is One of the Top Universities in Sustainability

Arizona State University (ASU) is a trailblazer in innovative higher education, holding the 24th spot for sustainability in the world according to TopUniversities. The university’s dedication to exceptional academics and student accessibility is exemplified by its renowned faculty comprising global experts. ASU’s diverse academic community welcomes students with a strong passion for learning, fostering an environment where they’re mentored by professors to tackle complex global issues, showcase creativity, and drive positive change. Boasting over 100,000 enrolled students from around the world, ASU equips graduates with the skills to succeed and flourish in their future endeavors. (July 2023)

Phoenix Ranks Among the Top Cities in the Country

Phoenix has secured the 23rd position in the World’s Best Cities ranking. This assessment is based on six key criteria encompassing factors such as walkability, amenities, culture, diversity, prosperity, and online presence. The evaluation takes into account Phoenix’s attributes like professional sports teams and knowledge-based businesses, contributing to its ranking. With a rapidly growing population over the past decade, Phoenix is recognized for its art districts, walkability, and urban developments. (June 2023)

Chandler in Top 10 Best Cities for Women in Tech

Chandler ranks 8th best city in the U.S. for women employed in technology careers, according to Power to Fly. Women on average bring home $61,878 after housing costs in the tech field in this hub of the southwest! (June 2023)

Phoenix #2 of 200 Best U.S. Cities for Hiking

LawnStarter ranked 2023’s Best Hiking Cities in the U.S. based on five categories. These categories consisted of hiking access, supplies access, quality, climate, and safety. Phoenix has swooped in with an overall score of 57.93% – ranking #1 in both hiking access and hiking quality. (June 2023)

Best City for Staycation

WalletHub considered 42 key metrics in ranking U.S. cities for the best Staycation. Arizona claimed 3 spots, all within the top 31 out of 182 rankings. Tucson is #14, Scottsdale is #15, and Tempe is #31. Around 85% of Americans plan to travel during the summer, however with inflation up, this may force people to take less extravagant trips. One doesn’t have to travel far to have a great time. (June 2023)

One of Best Children’s Hospitals in the U.S.

U.S.News has placed Phoenix Children’s Hospital as the #1 ranked children’s hospital in Arizona and #3 in the Southwest overall. Their Pediatric Nephrology has a ranking of #29 in the Nation out of 288 hospitals. Overall rankings are based on eight pediatric specialties. (June 2023)

Phoenix Ranks Among 20 Best Cities for the Gig Economy

Phoenix is ranked 13th among the best U.S. cities for the gig economy and 3rd best among the Western U.S. according to Commercial Search. Phoenix obtained this ranking in large part due to the Phoenix co-working space offering gig workers some of the most affordable options of flexible and shared workspaces in the region. (June 2023)

Phoenix No. 4 in U.S. for New Home Construction

Chamber of Commerce ranks Phoenix #4 of the top ten cities for new home construction in the U.S. The housing market remains tight, so the demand for new home construction is growing as homebuyers seek options. The analysis took a look at the building permits for privately-owned housing units in more than 200 of the largest metropolitan areas across the country. (June 2023)

3 Arizona Cities Rank Among Best Places to Stretch Retirement Money

Casas Adobes, Peoria, and Scottsdale AZ rank at #4, 7, and 18 out of the top 30 best places to stretch retirement money. Cities were ranked based on the value of local retirement income after taxes and cost of living. The findings were further supported by looking into the retirement incomes of 100 places with the highest proportion of seniors and their applied cost of living and tax rates. (June 2023)

Arizona is Home to Two of the Fastest-Growing Cities in the U.S.

Queen Creek and Maricopa are two of the fastest growing cities out of the top 15 large cities in the U.S. This makes Arizona the 2nd fastest growing population in the nation right after Texas. Non-farm employment has gone up by 2.3% as these cities expand. (May 2023)

Arizona Great Place for Nurses

According to WalletHub, Arizona is ranked 8th in the U.S. as the best place to work for a nurse, including 6th highest for lowest competition. The study compared the 50 states across 20 key metrics that collectively speak to the job opportunities in each market. (May 2023)

33 Arizona Restaurants Make Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in Southwest List

33 restaurants have made Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the Southwest category. Whether you are looking for the next place to eat out or planning for a party, here is a brief summary of the top 5 Arizona restaurants in the list of 33! 1. Tumerico, Tucson AZ, 3. Casa De Falafel, Glendale AZ, 5. Kabob Grill N’ Go, Phoenix AZ, 7. The Clinkscale, Jerome AZ and 10. Momo’s Kitchen, Sedona AZ. For the full list visit the link! (May 2023)

ASU is #6 in The Times Higher Education World University Impact Rankings

Arizona State University ranks 6th in the world in the annual Times Higher Education World University Impact Rankings. For seven years, ASU has ranked #1 in Innovation in The United States by U.S. News & World Report. ASU is able to maintain these feats through their research. With students from all 50 states and more than 158 countries in attendance, it has redefined the 21st century university as a knowledge center. ASU will continue to inspire and encourage all walks of life with its facilities.!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/undefined (April 2023)

ASU and UArizona Named Best Value College

Arizona State University and The University of Arizona have yet again made the 2023 Princeton Review list of “Best Value Colleges.” The Princeton Review has compiled a list of the 209 best value schools based on more than 40 data points including, costs, financial aid, debt, grad rates, and career/salary. (April 2023)

Arizona Best Charter High Schools in Nation

Arizona pushes forward with eight in the top ten Best Charter High Schools according to Niche. BASIS Scottsdale takes the #1 rank out of 2,409 schools. BASIS Tucson North, BASIS Phoenix, BASIS Oro Valley, BASIS Peoria, BASIS Mesa, BASIS Chandler, and BASIS Ahwatukee are the other seven places in the top ten. With Arizona growing at an exponential speed, it is impressive that parents have such a grand selection of schools to choose from. (April 2023)

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