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Arizona’s 10 Safest Cities

Arizona saw the nation’s most significant decrease in violent crime and the second-most significant decrease in property crime year over year. According to this year’s SafeWise survey, Arizona’s crime statistics fell below the national average in every category. To determine the safest cities in Arizona, Safewise reviewed the most up-to-date FBI crime report statistics and population data. Gilbert #4, Buckeye #5, Surprise #6, Maricopa #7, and Chandler #10 were listed in the top ten safest cities.,ninth%2Dlowest%20property%20crime%20rate (March 2023)

2023 Most Diverse Cities in America

The Niche Most Diverse Places ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall diversity of an area. This grade takes into account key indicators of a location’s demographic composition, including the levels of variance in race, age, and income levels among residents. Phoenix ranked #57 and Tucson #92 out of 228. (March 2023)

2023 Best Arizona Golf Courses

The top golf courses in Arizona have been voted and rated by golfers. Each year, users rate the courses. Courses making the list in Phoenix include: Quintero (Peoria) #2, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes (Maricopa) #5, TPC (Scottsdale) #6, Troon (Scottsdale) #8, Grayhawk (Scottsdale) #9, and Raven at Verrado (Buckeye) #10. (March 2023)

9 Arizona Restaurants Make Open Table’s 100 Most Romantic List

Open Table’s 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, culled from over 13 million diner reviews, represents beloved diner spots coast-to-coast. A staggering nine restaurants from Arizona made the list – only California had more. The list includes: Arrowhead Grill, Café Monarch, Dahl & DiLuca Ristorante Italiano, Dominick’s Steakhouse, Elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, Lon’s at the Hermosa, Mariposa, Ocean 44, and Steak 44. (February 2023)

Economic Growth Ensures Arizona Will Have Lowest Flat Tax in 2023

The Goldwater Institute relayed that the Arizona state income tax rate beginning January 1, 2023 will be a flat 2.5%, one year earlier than originally anticipated. The state is forecast to have a budget surplus of more than $4 billion by 2024, and the Arizona economy is ranked #1 for economic performance and #3 in economic outlook among all 50 states according to the “American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) Rich States, Poor States” report. (January 2023)

Arizona Restaurants in Top 100 Places to Eat in US

In Yelp’s annual list honoring eateries across the US, four Arizona restaurants made the list of the top places to eat in 2023. Yelp looked at reviews received by businesses while considering both the ratings and the volume of reviews to determine the list. Restaurants on the list include: Tumerico #8 and Buendia Breakfast and Lunch Café #26 in Tucson, De Babel #39 in Scottsdale, and Cocina Madrigal #57 in Phoenix. (January 2023)

Phoenix Ranks in Top 10 Among Best Cities for Downtown Living

Downtown living is making a comeback after the pandemic-driven flight to the suburbs. Some cities are better than others at getting the right mix of amenities to keep residents engaged after working hours. One of the best is Phoenix, which ranks in the Top 10 among best cities for downtown living. To help decide, StorageCafe selected the 30 most populous cities in the U.S. and ranked using factors such as cost of living, rental inventory, apartment amenities, safety, restaurants, cultural and shopping options and more. (January 2023)

ASU Ranked Tops in the Nation

Recognized by the Best Colleges 2023 edition of U.S. News & World Report, Arizona State University was nationally ranked #121 (tie) among all universities and #56 (tie) among public universities. U.S. News Best College Rankings – In addition to ranking #1 Most Innovative School, ASU also ranks #10 for Management Information Systems, #76 for Best Colleges for Veterans, # 18 (tie) Teaching, #23 Business, #29 (tie) Nursing, and #33 Engineering. U.S. News Best Grad School Rankings includes #1 in Homeland Security, #29 (tie) Business School, #18 Part-time MBA, #12 (tie) Best Education Schools, #40 Best Engineering Schools, #30 (tie) Best Law Schools, #47 (tie) Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice and #49 (tie) Best Nursing Schools: Master’s. U.S. News Best Online Programs Rankings includes #7 Best Online MBA Programs, #1 Best Online Master’s in Educational Programs, #1 (tie) Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs, #4 Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans, #6 Best Online Finance MBA Programs and #3 Best Online General Management MBA Programs. U.S. News Best Global University Rankings includes #156 (tie) Best Global Universities, #77 Arts and Humanities, #26 Economics and Business, #83 Psychiatry/Psychology, #38 Social Sciences and Public Health, and #23 Education and Educational Research. (January 2023)

UArizona Recognized Nationally

Recognized by the Best Colleges 2023 edition of U.S. News & World Report, The University of Arizona was nationally ranked #105 (tie) among all universities and #48 (tie) among public universities. It was ranked #11 among all colleges and universities designated as Hispanic-Serving Institutions. U.S. News Best College Rankings – In addition to ranking #5 for Management Information Systems, UArizona also ranks #67 (tie) for Best Colleges for Veterans, #20 (tie) Accounting, #21 (tie) Entrepreneurship, #30 (tie) Business, #29 (tie) Nursing, #54 (tie) Computer Science and Engineering. U.S. News Best Grad School Rankings includes #3 Information Systems (#1 among public universities), #2 Geology, #9 (tie) Earth Sciences, #47 (tie) Business School, #43 (tie) Part-time MBA, #54 (tie) Best Education Schools, #64 (tie) Best Engineering Schools, #45 Best Law Schools, #74 (tie) Best Medical Schools: Research, #30 (tie) Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice and #34 (tie) Best Nursing Schools: Master’s. U.S. News Best Online Programs Rankings Includes #6 Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs, #5 (tie) Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs, #9 (tie) Best Online MBA Programs, #34 (tie) Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs, #32 Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs, #4 Best Bachelor’s Programs for Vets, and #10 Best Online Bachelors Program. U.S. News Best Global University Rankings includes #108 Best Global Universities, #21 (tie) Water Resources, #58 (tie) Arts and Humanities, #123 Economics and Business, #49 Environment/Ecology, #65 (tie) Plant and Animal Science, #127 Psychiatry/Psychology, #144 (tie) Social Sciences and Public Health, #31 Geosciences and #10 (tie) Space Science. (January 2023)

Arizona Ranks as Top Moving Destination

Arizona ranked #1 overall as the top moving destination for 2022, according to an annual study by Allied Van Lines. Last year, 64.5% of all Arizona moves were inbound compared to 35.5% that were outbound. Tucson ranked as the #1 overall top inbound city in the country. (January 2023)

Tops for Finding a Job in 2023

Scottsdale is ranked at #14 among the top best U.S. cities for finding a new job in 2023 according to WalletHub. Chandler sits at #28, Tempe #42, Gilbert #53, and Glendale #77. 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. (January 2023)

ASU and UArizona Rank High Among EPA’s Largest Green Power Users in the U.S.

Arizona State University has been ranked #3 and The University of Arizona #11 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Top 30 College & University list of the largest green power users from the EPA’s Green Power Partnership – a voluntary program that supports organizations in procuring green power. ASU is also #62 and UArizona #100 on the EPA’s Top 100 list of the largest green power users in the United States. (January 2023)

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 and Scottsdale ranked #40, Phoenix #43, Chandler #65, Mesa #71, Glendale #74 and Gilbert #82. They analyzed 24 key metrics, ranging from the average monthly fitness club fee to the number of sports clubs per capita. (January 2023)

Nation’s Report Card: Arizona 8th Grade Charter Students Score Among U.S. Best

Newly-released results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), better known as the Nation’s Report Card, demonstrate continued strong performance among students attending Arizona charter schools. Arizona 8th grade charter students performed especially well. In fact, if these charter attendees were grouped together as their own state, it would rank number 1 nationally in math and number 2 in reading. In both subject areas, Arizona 8th graders scored approximately one full grade level better than their district peers. (December 2022)

Arizona 13th in Pentagon Spending

According to Defense Department data, Pentagon spending in Arizona places it at #13 nationally. Military contracts have long been a staple of the Arizona economy, which includes multinational defense manufacturers such as Boeing, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman, among others. Tucson and southern Arizona have the fifth-highest concentration of aerospace and defense employees in the country. The defense industry remains a pillar of the state’s economy, and will likely continue to be so for the foreseeable future. (December 2022)

ASU Thunderbird Ranked Number 1 by QS International Trade Rankings

In the first-ever rankings of their kind, the Thunderbird School of Global Management at ASU was named #1 in the world in international trade by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the premier global higher education analyst organization. The Master of Global Management is an innovative leadership and entrepreneurship degree for professionals seeking careers across global sectors. The program builds on a foundation of global management courses and adds 21st century skills such as digital transformation, sustainability, diversity and inclusion. (December 2022)

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

According to WalletHub, Phoenix is #28 among the top 50 U.S. cities named as the Most Fun. In order to be considered “Fun,” WalletHub said the city has to provide 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 list were Tucson #25, Tempe #34 and Scottsdale #39. (December 2022)

Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert Best Cities for Families with Children

Heading into 2023, what are the best cities for families? To determine which cities offer the best conditions to raise a family, StorageCafe created a ranking of cities where families are most likely to thrive. They considered metrics such as public-school ratings, cost of living, income, cultural and outdoor recreational opportunities. Arizona made a good showing with Scottsdale ranked at #13, Chandler #18, Gilbert #25, and Mesa #50. (November 2022)

Phoenix Ranks Among the 15 Hottest Tech Hubs in North America

Phoenix held its own among top tech markets in North America during this year’s first half, sustained by the Valley’s growth in both tech employment and office lease rates, according to CBRE’s annual Tech-30 report. Tempe, the Valley’s leading tech submarket, ranked 10th in office-rent growth. The city’s proximity to ASU and limited office availability have helped the submarket outperform the overall market. (November 2022)

Top Public High Schools

Niche has released its 2023 Best Public High Schools ranking which is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, and high school ratings. Some of Arizona’s top ranked schools in Phoenix, all receiving an A+ Grade, were: Basis, Tempe Preparatory Academy, Great Hearts, Arizona College Prep High School, Gilbert Classical Academy, Horizon Honors Secondary School, Hamilton High School, Madison Highland Prep, Arizona School for the Arts, and Phoenix Union Bioscience High School. (October 2022)

Four Arizona Communities Rank Among Best Suburbs in the U.S.

Vail, Sahuarita, Apache Junction, and Marana ranked among the best suburbs to live in near a large city according to a new SmartAsset study. Suburbs can offer more affordable housing, lower crime rates and a variety of entertainment options. SmartAsset analyzed the affordability, livability, and job situation of nearly 500 suburbs across the nation. Vail #36 Tucson, Sahuarita #63 Tucson, Apache Junction #79 Phoenix, and Marana #127 Tucson all made the list. (October 2022)

Surprise Ranks Number 1 in U.S. for Attracting Young Homebuyers

In a new study, SmartAsset analyzed the 200 largest cities where more (and fewer) young people are buying homes and the findings show that Surprise, AZ ranks #1 among U.S. cities with the most young homebuyers. The study used two metrics: 2021 homeownership rate for those under 35 and the ten-year change in homeownership rate for those under 35. Surprise has a total homeownership for that age cohort of 57.60% with an increase of 15.88%. (October 2022)

Arizona Ranks as Number 15 Best State to Succeed in Business

Harrington Group International released this study after analyzing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census Bureau, and the Bureau of Economic Analysis data from 2020 to 2022. The rankings were determined by analyzing nine factors in three main categories: workforce and consumer habits, business culture, and financial climate. (October 2022)

Tempe Ranks #2 Best Places to Live in U.S.

Not to be outdone, Tempe is ranked #2 on Money’s “Best Places to Live in the U.S.” list. Digital platform Money announced its annual ranking spotlighting 50 cities and towns with strong labor markets, affordable homes, and racial, economic and cultural diversity. (September 2022)

Best Places to Retire

Niche has released its 2022 Best Places to Retire list and has named Scottsdale the #1 top city to retire in the U.S. Other Arizona cities that made the list: Mesa #12, Tucson #28, Tempe #46, 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 2022)

Arizona Blue Ribbon Schools

U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon School program has recognized 6 Arizona schools with the 2021 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 2022 are: Notre Dame Prep School-Phoenix, Weinberg Gifted Academy-Chandler, Cherokee Elementary-Scottsdale, Vista Del Sur Academy-Laveen, General Myer Elementary-Fort Huachuca, and Masada Charter School-Colorado City. (September 2022)

UArizona and ASU Included in Forbes America’s Top Colleges

Forbes Top Colleges methodology includes measures pertaining to graduate success as well as academic excellence in its evaluation of 500 four-year schools drawn from nearly 2,700 higher education institutions in the United States. These measures include: alumni salary, debt, graduation and retention rates, and academic success measured by receipt of fellowships and doctorates. ASU ranked #125 and UArizona ranked #131. (September 2022)

Arizona in Top Third for Women’s Equality

Arizona comes in at #15 for Women’s Equality, according to a study conducted by WalletHub. The study compared all 50 states across three key dimensions: Workplace Environment, Education & Health, and Political Empowerment. Arizona also ranked #5 for “Political Empowerment.” (August 2022)

Arizona is Tops for Pets

Scottsdale came in #1 with high rankings for pet health and friendly outside spaces. Phoenix came in at #33 and Tucson #84. With animal parents in mind, WalletHub compared the pet-friendliness of the 100 largest U.S. cities across 24 key metrics. The data set ranges from minimum pet-care provider rate per visit to pet businesses per capita to walkability. (August 2022)

Best Real Estate Markets

WalletHub has released its list of the Best Real Estate markets. The rankings include Gilbert #7, Peoria #9, Surprise #18, Chandler #22, Tempe #30, Mesa #36, Phoenix #39, Scottsdale #59, Glendale #65 and Tucson #134. To determine the best local real estate markets, WalletHub’s analysts compared 300 cities of varying sizes across 21 key indicators of housing-market attractiveness and economic strength. (August 2022)

Phoenix Ranks #7 Among Top 25 Places to Buy a Vacation Home

North America’s leading vacation rental management platform released its fifth annual Top 25 Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home report, and Phoenix landed at #7. Each year, the company ranks its top 25 markets based on capitalization rate. It also factors key data points, including median home sale price and annual gross rental revenue. Tucson and Phoenix are newcomers that represent popular desert destinations. (July 2022)

Best Hospitals in Arizona

According to U.S. News & World Report, Mayo Clinic ranks #1 (#18 on the national Best Hospitals Honor Roll), Banner University Medical Center Phoenix #2, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center #3, TMC Healthcare-Tucson #4, Banner Boswell #5 (tie), Abrazo Arrowhead Campus #5, Chandler Regional Medical Center #7, Northwest Medical Center-Tucson #8 (tie), and Honor Health #8. U.S. News & World Report evaluated 111 hospitals in Arizona. Nine met the high standards and are ranked in the state. (July 2022)

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. Scottsdale ranked #5 for best recreation. Other Arizona cities that made the list are: Tucson #12, Phoenix #14, Chandler #19, Glendale #22, Mesa #41, and Gilbert #50. For each city, they examined basic living costs, the quality of parks, the accessibility of entertainment and recreational facilities as well as the climate. (July 2022)

UArizona Water Resources Program No. 2 in the U. S. and No. 6 Globally

The University of Arizona has been recognized by the Shanghai Academic Rankings of World Universities as #6 globally in the area of water resources. Also ranked in the top 50: communication #35, library and information sciences #28, ecology #28, earth sciences #27, atmospheric sciences #32, earth sciences #27, business administration #36 and geography #39. The Shanghai ARWU subject rankings score more than 1,200 global universities based on the number of papers authored by an institution in an academic subject, the ratio of citations of the papers published to the average citations of the papers in the same category to the number of papers published in the journals in the amount of international collaboration and the total number of staff members that have won significant awards. (July 2022)

Metro Phoenix has 2 of 5 Fastest-growing cities in U.S.

Data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau, looking at the period of July 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021 indicates Arizona is still growing quickly. The cities of Queen Creek, Buckeye, Casa Grande, Maricopa, and Goodyear represented Arizona among the 15 fastest-growing cities in the U.S. Along with this, Phoenix was the second-largest numerical gainer behind only San Antonio, and is the fifth largest city in the nation. (July 2022)

Phoenix #3 of 10 Best U.S. Cities for Hiking

LawnStarter ranked 2022’s Best Cities for Hiking to mark National Trails Day on June 4. Surrounded by parks and nature preserves, Phoenix easily takes the top spot for most hiking routes available. The study looked at 13 hiker-friendly factors such as hiking access, trail difficulty, and safety. (June 2022)

Best City for Staycation

WalletHub considered 36 key indicators in ranking the 150 largest U.S. cities. Among the best cities for staycations, Scottsdale #29, Tempe #35, Phoenix #74, Glendale #92, Chandler #103, Mesa #115, Peoria #127, and Gilbert #166 are all 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. (June 2022)

Arizona #2 for Best State for Wellness

Life Extension queried where you can find the best environment to support a healthy lifestyle, and Arizona ranked #2. To determine which are the best and worst states for wellness, Life Extension analyzed eleven metrics across three main categories: physical and mental health, access to nature and parks, and integrative health practices. (June 2022)

Phoenix Top City for Cyclists

PeopleForBikes has released its annual ratings of the best cities for bicycling in the U.S. and Phoenix ranks #280. Phoenix scored high in access to major shopping centers, and was #42 for large cities. The program is a data-driven analysis that evaluates more than 1105 cities and towns and shows city leaders how they can invest to make bicycling better for all residents and visitors. (June 2022)

Golfweek’s Best Public Courses

Golfweek’s top Arizona courses include We-Ko-Pa #1 and 8, Quintero #3, TPC #4, Ak-Chin #7, Troon #9 and 10, Grayhawk #11 and 12, Las Sendas #19, and Papago #20. Each year the raters survey over 3,600 facilities, grading each following Golfweek’s ten strict evaluation standards. The magazine then ranks the best private and public courses in each state. (June 2022)

Best Places for Outdoor Enthusiasts to Live and Work

Scottsdale ranks #4 in SmartAsset’s study of the top 25 places to live and work. Other Arizona cites that made the rankings were Phoenix #12 and Tucson #17. In this study, SmartAsset determined the best places for outdoor enthusiasts accounting for livability, employment and outdoor access. (June 2022)

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

For the twelfth consecutive year, Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) has been named one of the top children’s hospitals in U.S. News & World Report recent annual report on “Best Children’s Hospitals for 2022-2023”. PCH is nationally ranked in eight specialties of the largest children’s hospitals in the country. Phoenix Children’s is ranked nationally in pediatric specialties: Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Pulmonology & Lung Surgery and Urology. (June 2022)

Chandler and Phoenix are Salary Leaders for Women in Tech

Chandler ranked the 5th best city in the U.S., and Phoenix 29th, for women employed in technology careers, according to SmartAsset’s report, the annual 2022 Best Cities for Women in Tech. Chandler and Phoenix’s expanding tech sectors are shrinking the gender pay gap and beating out many of the top markets when it comes to salaries for women in the field, according to the report. (June 2022) 

Arizona Ranks #1 for Advancement of Charter Schools

The Center for Education Reform has ranked Arizona #1 for the advancement of charter schools. Arizona made a comeback to overtake Florida as the first-place winner. The Grand Canyon State increased funding and the proportion of students in charter schools, innovatively creating new models of education. (May 2022)

Arizona Great Place for Nurses

According to WalletHub, Arizona is ranked 7th in the U.S. as best place to work as a nurse and 4th highest for lowest competition. The study compared all the U.S. states across 21 key metrics that collectively speak to the nursing job opportunities in each market. (May 2022)

ASU Leaps to #2 in Times Higher Education World University Impact Rankings

Arizona State University ranked 2nd in the world and 1st in the U.S. in the annual Times Higher Education World University Impact Rankings. The list includes the best global universities and is the only international university performance with 17 objectives aimed at achieving a better world by 2030: among them, an end to poverty and hunger, clean water and energy, gender equality and decent work. Together, they are called the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/undefined (April 2022)

Mesa is No. 1 in U.S. With Most Affordable Homes for Sale

For those looking for affordable homes, Mesa leads the nation in the number of affordable homes available. The top 100 most populous cities were ranked based on their median home prices and the number of homes below $150,000. The study was based on active listings during the last week of March 2022. Glendale is #27, Phoenix is #29, Scottsdale is #44, and Chandler is #45. (April 2022)

ASU and UArizona Named Best Value College

Arizona State University and The University of Arizona have made the 2022 Princeton Review list of “Best Value Colleges.” The Princeton Review considered more than 40 data points including academics, cost, financial aid, graduation rates, student debt, and career and salary data. The 209 chosen schools are the most exceptional in the nation at delivering great academics, affordable cost and great career foundations. (April 2022)

Arizona Best High Schools in Nation

Seven Arizona high schools are among the top 50 in the nation, with six more also in the top 100 and three more after that in the top 500, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest rankings of the best high schools for 2022. Nationally ranked Phoenix area high schools include: BASIS Chandler #11, BASIS Scottsdale #29, BASIS Peoria #30, University High School Tolleson #33, BASIS Ahwatukee #56, BASIS Phoenix #58, BASIS Mesa #66, Gilbert Classical Academy High School #86, Arizona College Prep (Chandler) #150, and Phoenix Union Bioscience High School #209. The U.S. News & World Report rankings include data on nearly 24,000 public, charter and magnet schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. (April 2022)

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