Phoenix at its Finest

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

In this Area Development survey, Arizona ranked 13th overall in “Top States for Doing Business.” This feature looks at some of the places you’re most likely to find ripe for growing and doing business successfully. Factors considered include costs, taxes, incentives, training, and a welcoming and hassle-free government. https://www.areadevelopment.com/Top-States-for-Doing-Business/q3-2022/top-states-for-doing-business-provide-an-environment-for-business-growth.shtml (September 2022)

Top Places to Live

According to Livability.com, Chandler (#57) is among the top 100 best mid-sized cities to live in the U.S. The study examined more than 2,300 cities based on thousands of data points measuring economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health. https://livability.com/best-places/2022-top-100-best-places-to-live-in-the-us/ (September 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. https://azbigmedia.com/lifestyle/tempe-ranks-no-2-on-best-places-to-live-in-u-s-list/ (September 2022)

Arizona Ranks Among 10 Best States for Infrastructure

Arizona came in at #10 in SmartAsset’s study looking at current infrastructure conditions in all 50 states. They compared states across eight metrics on topics such as road, bridge and public transportation quality, internet coverage, water system needs, and electric grid reliability. Arizona has the lowest average frequency and length of power outages across all 50 states. It also has the fourth-highest percentage of bridges in good or fair condition, has over 80% of roads in good condition, and broadband coverage for almost 90% of the state. https://smartasset.com/data-studies/states-with-the-best-infrastructure-2022 (September 2022)

ASU and UArizona 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. https://www.forbes.com/top-colleges/ (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. https://www.niche.com/places-to-live/search/best-cities-to-retire/ (September 2022)

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Ranks Among Highest

J.D. Power has released the results of its 2022 North America Airport Satisfaction Study. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport was ranked 11th for overall satisfaction among “mega airports” with a score of 765 out of a 1,000-point scale. The study, which measured overall traveler satisfaction, examined six factors in order of importance: terminal facilities, airport accessibility, security, baggage claim, check-in/baggage check, food, beverage and retail. https://www.jdpower.com/business/press-releases/2022-north-america-airport-satisfaction-study (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. https://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/awardwinners/ (September 2022)

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 #6 Best Online MBA Programs, #4 Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans, #2 Best Online Finance MBA Programs and #1 Best Online General Management MBA Programs. U.S. News Best Global University Rankings includes #165 Best Global Universities, #77 Arts and Humanities, #27 Economics and Business, #77 Psychiatry/Psychology and #30 Social Sciences and Public Health. https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/arizona-state-university-tempe-1081 (September 2022)

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 Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs, #10 (tie) Best Online MBA Programs, #30 (tie) Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs, #32 Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs, #4 Best Bachelor’s Programs for Vets, and #7 Best Online Bachelors Program. U.S. News Best Global University Rankings includes #99 Best Global Universities, #42 Arts and Humanities, #105 (tie) Economics and Business, #42 Environment/Ecology, #53 Plant and Animal Science, #115 (tie) Psychiatry/Psychology, #123 (tie) Social Sciences and Public Health and #10 Space Science. https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/university-of-arizona-1083 (September 2022)

ASU and UArizona in Top 30 of Global Patent Ranking

ASU ranks #8 and The University of Arizona #28 among worldwide institutions in earning utility patents, The National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association said today. The report is based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association compile the rankings each year by calculating the number of utility patents that list a university as the first assignee. It underscores the university’s effort to ease the process for acquiring patents. https://academyofinventors.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/8.17.2022-Top-100.pdf (September 2022)

Arizona’s Three State Universities Best for Vets

Military Times released its 2022 list of the top 311 four-year universities. The University of Arizona ranked #8 (#1 in the West), Northern Arizona University ranked #20, and Arizona State University ranked #33 among the top public universities in the nation for military and veteran students according to Military Times. https://colleges.militarytimes.com/ (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.” https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-states-for-women-equality/5835 (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. https://wallethub.com/edu/most-pet-friendly-cities/5562/ (August 2022)

154 Arizona Companies Make Inc. 5000

A total of 154 Arizona companies made the Inc. 5000 list for 2022. That is an increase of 37 Arizona companies over the previous year. Inc. 5000 is the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America. Arizona is home to many innovative companies that are driving the state’s economy. The top five Phoenix area companies are: Qwick, Emerge, Kayo Energy, Cross Country Creative, and Zenernet. The top five Tucson area companies are: Nemean Solutions, Pyx Health, Tyler’s Coffee, Golden Sunshine, and Catalyst Connect. https://www.inc.com/inc5000/2022?cid=sf01001 (August 2022)

Best Employers by State

Forbes named the Mayo Clinic #1 out of 75 of Arizona’s best employers in a recent study. Other employers in the state – ASU #30, Paradise Valley Unified School District #33, University of Arizona #36, City of Mesa #47, Maricopa County Community College #65, and Banner University #67 – all made the list. https://www.forbes.com/best-employers-by-state/#49e37556487a (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. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-real-estate-markets/14889 (August 2022)

Phoenix a Top Tech City

Cushman & Wakefield released today a new report ranking Phoenix as a top tech city in the Americas. They selected more than 115 different tech cities across the world to evaluate the talent, real estate, and business environment. The top tech hubs in each global region are identified by aggregating 14 factors. On a global scale, tech is a larger portion of major economies than ever before, and it is forecast to grow by 17% over the next 10 years. https://www.cushmanwakefield.com/en/insights/tech-cities-the-global-intersection-of-talent-and-real-estate (August 2022)

UArizona Cancer Center Receives Highest NCI Designation as Comprehensive Cancer Center

The National Cancer Institute recently renewed The University of Arizona Cancer Center’s status as an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and the corresponding support grant for a new five-year period. The UArizona Cancer Center is one of 53 designated by the NCI and the only one in Arizona. The designation is the highest awarded by the NCI. https://healthsciences.arizona.edu/newsroom/news-releases/0822/uarizona-cancer-center-receives-highest-nci-designation-comprehensive?_ga=2.185847593.1263186286.1664639911-1279395078.1652203223&_gl=1*8fxdrd*_ga*MTI3OTM5NTA3OC4xNjUyMjAzMjIz*_ga_7PV3540XS3*MTY2NDY1MjM2Ni4zNC4xLjE2NjQ2NTM0MjAuNjAuMC4w (August 2022)

Best Arizona Community Colleges

WalletHub looked at more than 700 community colleges across the U.S. and compared 17 metrics in three categories: cost and financing, education outcomes and career outcomes. Among other things, the metrics included tuition and fees, retention rates and student loan default. https://wallethub.com/edu/e/best-worst-community-colleges/15076/#main-findings (August 2022)

  • 106. GateWay Community College
  • 205. Scottsdale Community College
  • 247. Paradise Valley Community College
  • 263. Mesa Community College
  • 265. Glendale Community College
  • 295. Cochise County Community College District
  • 344. Estrella Mountain Community College
  • 373. Phoenix College
  • 412. Yavapai College
  • 430. Pima Community College
  • 431. South Mountain Community College
  • 447. Eastern Arizona College
  • 493. Mohave Community College
  • 539. Chandler-Gilbert Community College
  • 554. Coconino Community College
  • 587. Central Arizona College
  • 610. Northland Pioneer College
  • 626. Rio Salado College
  • 676. Tohono O’Odham Community College

ASU and UArizona Named Among Top Universities in the Country

ASU placed 30th and UArizona placed 87th overall in Washington Monthly magazine’s 2022 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). https://washingtonmonthly.com/2022-college-guide/national/ (August 2022)

Best Cities for Early Retirement

SmartAsset conducted a study to determine which cities are better for bringing early retirement plans to fruition. Gilbert came in at #1, Chandler #2, Scottsdale #4, Mesa #7, Glendale #20, and Phoenix #27. The study compared the 100 largest cities across four categories: tax friendliness, elderly care, affordability and livability. https://azbigmedia.com/lifestyle/10-best-cities-for-an-early-retirement-include-4-from-arizona/ (August 2022)

Best College for Your Money

Money has ranked a list of the best colleges that combine educational quality, affordability, and alumni success. ASU came in at #147 and UArizona #198 of the more than 600 best performing colleges that were analyzed. https://money.com/best-colleges/ (August 2022)

Phoenix Area Recipients of Procurement Award

Arizona State University, Central Arizona Project, City of Chandler, City of Mesa, City of Tempe and Maricopa County were recognized with the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute. Other Arizona recipients include: City of Tucson, Pima County and Pima Community College. Award Criteria are designed to measure innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity and leadership attributes to the procurement function. https://www.npi-aep.org/aep-award-recipients (August 2022)

ASU and UArizona Two of Top Universities in America

Arizona State University is ranked #42 and The University of Arizona is ranked #65 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 more than 500 public colleges and state universities. https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/top-public-universities/ (August 2022)

ASU and UArizona Among Top 388 Colleges

The Princeton Review again has named The University of Arizona and Arizona State University as one of the best higher educations in the nation for undergraduate education. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Princeton Review took a different approach starting with the 2022 edition. The publication curated more than two dozen “Great Lists,” which focus on topics that have become increasingly important to college applicants and parents searching for the right colleges including financial aid, professors and overall classroom experience. The final 388 schools included in the 2023 edition represent each school that appears on a “Great List.” https://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings/best-colleges?ceid=nav-1-es (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. https://biztucson.com/2022/07/27/tucson-ranks-no-13-among-top-25-places-to-buy-a-vacation-home/ (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. https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/az (July 2022)

Phoenix is one of America’s Best Cities

Phoenix has been named the 20th Best City in the U.S. in the 2022 America’s Best Cities annual report by Resonance Consultancy. Rapid-growing Phoenix is ranked #11 in place and #16 in product subcategories. The report said Phoenix has seen the fastest growth of any major city in the past decade. And what’s not to love? A growing roster of fine museums, a vibrant artist community and 300 days of sunshine – with the #6 ranked weather in the country. https://www.bestcities.org/rankings/americas-best%20cities/?fbclid=IwAR2Fd1AZfbUMIIue6RkChX8qlnyDKHIQwbQNcClhGzDLsRyAEDf7lUyc8tw (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. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-cities-for-recreation/5144/ (July 2022)

ASU Public Administration Program No. 2 in the U.S. and No. 6 Globally

Arizona State University has been recognized by the Shanghai Academic Rankings of World Universities as #6 globally in the area of public administration. Also ranked in the top 50: management #9, business administration #12, environmental science and engineering #15, education #21, economics #23, finance #26, and library and information sciences #26. 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. http://www.shanghairanking.com/institution/university-of-arizona (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. http://www.shanghairanking.com/institution/university-of-arizona (July 2022)

Arizona Hospitals Ranked Best in Nation

St. Joseph’s Hospital-Phoenix and Mercy Medical Center-Gilbert are ranked in a recent list of top 100 greatest hospitals in America, according to Becker Hospital Review. Merative, formerly IBM Watson Health, released its 2022 rankings of the top hospitals and health systems in the U.S., in partnership with Fortune. For the rankings, 2,650 short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals were evaluated on measures assessing inpatient outcomes, extended outcomes, processes of care, operational efficiency, financial heath, and patient experience using publicly available data. https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/rankings-and-ratings/top-100-hospitals-for-2022-named-by-fortune-merative.html (July 2022)

Most Educated City

WalletHub determined where the most educated Americans are choosing to settle. Phoenix ranked #72 and Tucson #44. 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 2022)

ASU a “Best Buy” College

Students seeking a quality education at a reasonable price can look to ASU as a “best buy” according to the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2023. The annual guide, which ranks schools with the best combination of academic excellence and value for the cost of tuition included ASU among the top 10 public universities of more than 300 evaluated. https://www.asu.edu/rankings (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. https://azbigmedia.com/business/metro-phoenix-has-2-of-5-fastest-growing-cities-in-u-s/ (July 2022)

Best State Economies

A new study by WalletHub finds that the Arizona economy ranked #17 among the 20 best in the U.S. and listed it ahead of many states for attracting relocating companies. To compile the rankings, each state and Washington D.C were compared across 28 economic performance and strength indicators. Data ranged from growth in gross domestic product to start up activity and share of jobs in the high-tech industry. https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-best-economies/21697 (June 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. https://bestlifeonline.com/news-best-us-cities-hiking/ (June 2022)

City of Phoenix, Banner Health Rank as Healthy Worksites

The Greater Phoenix Area, Banner Health, and a number of educational systems have been recently recognized by the Healthy Arizona Worksite Program as achieving the Platinum Award level of excellence in worksite wellness. The program is a public health initiative offered by the Arizona Department of Health Services and Maricopa Department of Public Health. It recognizes employers that are making evidence-based efforts to support the health and well-being of their employees and their families. ASU was also recognized as achieving the Gold Award. https://healthyazworksites.org/award/whos-recognized/#1543592495355-c836c524-9d32 (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. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-cities-for-staycations/4341/ (June 2022)

Best Place to Visit

According to a recent study by U.S. News, The Grand Canyon was again named as the #1 top destination to visit in 2021 and Sedona is #25 (#5 for best small town). U.S. News used expert opinions, user votes and current trends, in addition to evaluating sights, cultures, scenic beauty, food scenes and more, to compile this list. https://travel.usnews.com/rankings/best-usa-vacations/ (June 2022)

Arizona Universities Impact on a Global Scale

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the international ranking service, again recognized UArizona and ASU’s impact on a global scale. UArizona is tied for #262 globally and ASU is #219 in the 2023 QS World University Rankings. As the top university in the U.S. for innovation for eight consecutive years, ASU is creating ways to ensure that all students have access to a high-quality education. QS evaluated 6,415 global higher education institutions to rank the top 1,422 colleges and universities. https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2023 (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. https://www.lifeextension.com/wellness/lifestyle/health-wellness-states-ranking-in-the-us (June 2022)

Best Cities for Live Music

Phoenix and Tucson have made the list of the top 20 best cities to see live music according to ClickitTicket. To determine the best cities for live music, over 100 of the most populated cities were compared. Whether you are residing there or just visiting, these cities were considered better than the rest for getting the most enjoyment from unique, live music experiences. https://www.clickitticket.com/best-live-music-cities-in-america/ (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. https://cityratings.peopleforbikes.org/ratings (June 2022)

Best-Performing Cities

Phoenix/Mesa/Scottsdale continued its rise to #4 in the Miliken Institute best-performing index. Published annually since 1999, job creation, wage growth, and output growth are the core components of the report. The 2022 rankings also include housing affordability and broadband access metrics that were introduced the previous year. Tucson has moved up three spots to #38, while Sierra Vista made the biggest stride for small cities, moving up to #14. https://azbigmedia.com/business/heres-how-arizonas-top-tier-cities-are-moving-up-the-rankings/ (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. https://golfweek.usatoday.com/lists/best-public-golf-courses-2022-state-by-state-ranking-public-access/ (June 2022)

AZ Cities Receive Tree City USA Recognition

The Tree City USA program is a national program that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America. Chandler, Glendale, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Tempe, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, and Scottsdale all received recognition as “Tree City USA” in honor of Arbor Day. Peoria, Tempe, and Phoenix also earned Growth Awards. https://www.arborday.org/programs/treecityusa/treecities.cfm?chosenstate=Arizona (June 2022)

ASU and Mesa Community College Earn Tree Campus USA Designation

Arizona State University has again earned the Tree Campus USA recognition, with Mesa Community College earning the recognition for the first time, for their 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/tree-campus-higher-education/campuses.cfm (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. https://smartasset.com/data-studies/best-places-for-outdoor-enthusiasts-to-live-and-work-2022 (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. https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/az/phoenix-childrens-hospital-6860210 (June 2022)

Arizona Ranks High Among States with Best Economic Outlook for 2022

Arizona is 3rd in the nation in a survey that ranked states with the best overall economic outlook for 2022 and 1st for economic performance. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conducted the survey, titled “Rich States, Poor States.” The data ranks the 2022 economic outlook for states using 15 equally weighted policy variables, including various tax rates, regulatory burdens and labor policies. www.richstatespoorstates.org/states/AZ/ (May 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. https://azbigmedia.com/business/arizona-ranks-no-1-for-advancement-of-charter-schools/ (May 2022)

Valley Companies on Fortune 500 List

Eight valley-based companies have made the Fortune 500 List in 2022 – Freeport-McMoRan, Avnet, Carvana, Republic Services, Insight Enterprises, Opendoor Technologies, Taylor Morrison Home, and Onsemi. https://fortune.com/fortune500/ (May 2022)

Phoenix ParkScore® Earns High Marks in Acreage

The Trust for Public Land released its annual ParkScore® Index and Phoenix ranked #84. Phoenix received above-average marks for the amount of acreage dedicated to parkland, which provides critical mental health as well as climate and conservation benefits. The ParkScore® Index ranks park systems in the 100 largest U.S. cities and is widely considered the gold standard for park evaluation. https://www.tpl.org/city/tucson-arizona (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. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-states-for-nurses/4041/ (May 2022)

Phoenix #3 Among Top Moving Destinations

It’s May and Penske Truck Rental’s “Top 10 Moving Destinations” list is back and Phoenix remains among the top moving destinations in the U.S. 2021 couldn’t have been a busier year for people on the move. Rental truck demand was incredibly robust, a trend that continues in 2022 as we enter yet another busy moving season ahead. For the past twelve years, Penske has been compiling this list using analysis of one-way consumer reservations. Phoenix has consistently remained on the list since its inaugural season. https://www.pensketruckrental.com/renting-from-penske/blog/penske-top-ten-moving-destinations/ (May 2022)

Arizona Home to 8 of the 10 Most Recovered Cities from the Pandemic

The good news for Arizona is that the state is home to eight of the ten most recovered cities in the U.S. #1 Scottsdale, #2 Tempe, #3 Gilbert, #5 Chandler, #6 Mesa, #7 Glendale, #9 Peoria, and #10 Phoenix. Some cities’ jobs have weathered the storm better than others. In order to identify where workers have been most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, WalletHub compared 180 cities based on five key metrics. It looked at the change in each city’s unemployment during the latest month for which researchers have data (March 2022) compared to March 2019, 2020, 2021, and January 2020. It also considered each city’s overall unemployment rate. https://wallethub.com/edu/cities-unemployment-rates/73647 (April 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. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/impactrankings#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/undefined (April 2022)

UArizona One of Best Employers for Diversity

The University of Arizona made its third consecutive appearance on Forbes‘ annual Best Employers for Diversity list, placing at #248 out of 500 businesses with at least 1,000 employees. UArizona is ranked #18 of 40 educational institutions on the list, and #10 among public colleges and universities. https://www.forbes.com/best-employers-diversity/#2061de979b9e (April 2022)

Safest Arizona Cities

Gilbert #6, Maricopa #7, Surprise #8, Scottsdale #12, Peoria #13, Chandler #15, Goodyear #17 and Mesa #19 are ranked Safest Arizona Cities by SafeWise.com. To determine the safest cities in Arizona, SafeWise.com reviewed the most up-to-date FBI crime report statistics and population data. Rankings are based on the number of violent crimes in each city. Other Arizona top rankings include Oro Valley #4 and Marana #11. https://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-arizona/ (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. https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/search?state-urlname=arizona&ranked=true (April 2022)

Phoenix Ranked Among Top Healthiest Cities

WalletHub put together a panel of experts to analyze which of the most populated U.S. cities are doing the best job of keeping their residents healthy and happy. Each city was examined for healthcare, fitness and access to green space. Phoenix made the list at #47. Other Arizona cities that made the list include: Scottsdale #11, Tempe #23, Tucson #44, Chandler #76, Gilbert #92, Peoria #95, Mesa #99, and Glendale #101. https://wallethub.com/edu/healthiest-cities/31072/ (April 2022)

Flagstaff One of 9 Best Places to Buy a Mountain Vacation Home in the U.S.

Travel+Leisure has named Flagstaff, AZ one of the best places to find cool breezes, fresh air, and stunning mountain views galore. Along with its 288 days of sunshine annually, this university town offers many cultural and recreational opportunities, endless outdoor adventures, and proximity to northern Arizona attractions including the Grand Canyon. https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/best-places-to-buy-a-mountain-vacation-home-in-the-us (April 2022)

ASU and UArizona Place Among Top in World

The University of Arizona is ranked #93 out of 20,000 global colleges and universities in the annual Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) and Arizona State University is #182. 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. https://cwur.org/2022-23.php (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. https://azbigmedia.com/real-estate/residential-real-estate/mesa-is-no-1-in-u-s-for-number-of-affordable-homes/ (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. https://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings?rankings=best-value-colleges (April 2022)

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale Has One of the Fastest Growing Tech Sectors

According to The Center Square, using data obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metro area has one of the fastest growing high-tech sectors in the country. Between 2015 and 2020, employment in high-tech industries climbed by 23.8% compared to 8.9% nationwide, putting Phoenix at #14 in the country. https://www.thecentersquare.com/arizona/phoenix-mesa-scottsdale-az-has-one-of-the-fastest-growing-tech-sectors/article_74a9dfa2-fce8-586e-88f7-03adf46bba7c.html (March 2022)

2022 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 #58 and Tucson #96. https://www.niche.com/places-to-live/search/most-diverse-cities/ (March 2022)

Arizona Gains in Solar Power

According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, Arizona ranked 12th with solar installations in 2021. 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. https://www.seia.org/research-resources/solar-market-insight-report-2021-year-review (March 2022)

Arizona’s Happiest Cities in America

In a recent study, WalletHub drew upon various findings of positive-psychology research to determine which among 150 largest U.S. cities is home to the happiest people in America. Each city was examined on 30 key indicators of happiness ranging from depression rate to income-growth rate to average leisure time spent per day. The cities in Arizona which made the list were Scottsdale #19, Gilbert #34, Chandler #45, Peoria #52, Tempe #53, Mesa #87, Glendale #108, Phoenix #119 and Tucson #117. https://wallethub.com/edu/happiest-places-to-live/32619/ (March 2022)

Top Army ROTC programs

Arizona State University’s Army ROTC program was recognized as one of the top programs nationwide with the 2021 General Douglas MacArthur Award. Presented Annually by the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation, the award recognizes the top eight Army ROTC programs among 274 programs nationwide. https://news.asu.edu/20220318-asu-army-rotc-program-awarded-2021-general-douglas-macarthur-award (March 2022)

Top 10 Hospitals for 2022

Banner University Medical Center Phoenix has been chosen the #1 hospital in Arizona based on public voting for the 2022 edition of Ranking Arizona. Six other Banner facilities – Baywood, Desert, Del E. Webb, Gateway, Heart, and Ironwood – also made the list. https://azbigmedia.com/business/ranking-arizona-top-10-hospitals-for-2022/ (March 2022)

Arizona Restaurants in Top 100 Places to Eat in US

In Yelp’s annual list honoring eateries across the US, five Arizona restaurants made the list of the top places to eat in 2022 – including the number one spot. 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: Cocina Madrigal #1 in Phoenix, WoodBarn BBQ #23 in Queen Creek, Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour #61 in Phoenix, CAPS Sports Grill #75 in Phoenix, and Wicked Brews, Bites & Spirits #87 in Phoenix. https://www.yelp.com/article/yelps-top-100-us-restaurants-2022 (February 2022)

ASU and UArizona Producers of Fulbright Awards

Arizona State University and The University of Arizona once again are listed for producing Fulbright winners for 2021-2022 according to the Institute of International Education. ASU has 7 student awards and 4 faculty awards and UArizona has 5 student awards and 2 faculty awards in the U.S. Government’s flagship international educational exchange program. https://topproducing.fulbrightonline.org/top-producing-institutions-by-year?filter%5Bproducing_type%5D=Student&filter%5Byear%5D=2019-2020&filter%5Btype%5D=PhD (February 2022)

Most Neighborly Cities in the U.S.

Naturally, community friendliness differs, and some places do much better than others in cultivating strong neighborly connections. Storage Café surveyed close to 11,000 people from across the U.S. to create a ranking of the most neighborly cities. The survey took into account satisfaction with neighbors, sense of community, involvement in community activities, and willingness to recommend the neighborhood to others. Phoenix ranked #12 and Tucson #14. https://azbigmedia.com/lifestyle/phoenix-ranks-no-12-among-most-neighborly-cities-in-the-u-s/ (February 2022)

Best Places for Black Entrepreneurs

In this study, SmartAsset crunched the numbers to find the best places for Black entrepreneurs. They compared 57 of the largest metro areas across three categories and a total of nine metrics. They include Black-owned business success (number of Black-owned businesses, two-year change in number of Black-owned businesses and percentage of Black-owned businesses), new business environment (percentage of new businesses, start-up survival rate and percentage of businesses with sales exceeding $250,000) and economic situation (median Black household income, 2019 Black unemployment rate and December 2021 unemployment rate). Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale came in at #20. https://smartasset.com/data-studies/best-places-for-black-entrepreneurs-2022 (February 2022)

ASU and UArizona Top Universities in America

Arizona State University is ranked #47 and The University of Arizona is #59 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 more than 500 public colleges and state universities. https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/top-public-universities/ (February 2022)

Arizona Hospitals Ranked Best in Nation

Chandler Medical Center, Mayo Clinic Hospital (Phoenix), and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center (Phoenix) were ranked as America’s 50 Best Hospitals according to Healthgrades, Inc. The top 50 hospitals are in the top 1% of hospitals in the nation for providing overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of conditions and procedures consistently for at least six consecutive years. https://www.healthgrades.com/quality/americas-best-hospitals?filter=top50 (February 2022)

Ranked as Best Large Employer

Forbes named Arizona State University #246 out of 500 of Arizona’s Best Large Employers in a recent study. Other employers in the state, Carvana #8, PetSmart #410, State of Arizona #428 and City of Phoenix #473, also made the list. https://www.forbes.com/lists/best-large-employers/?sh=1e2f661e7b66 (February 2022)

ASU Earns ‘Military Friendly School’ Accolade

Arizona State University has been designated as a 2022-2023 Military Friendly School. The designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. https://www.militaryfriendly.com/schools/ (February 2022)

Phoenix Ranks #8 Among Most Bilingual Cities in the Country

The ability to speak two or more languages varies from place to place. With this in mind, Preply conducted a study to find out which U.S. cities were the most bilingual. They analyzed language data from the U.S. Census Bureau in 25 of the biggest cities in the country to determine how many residents speak just English, a language other than English, and both a language other than English and English “very well.” https://www.unitedvanlines.com/newsroom/movers-study-2021 (January 2022)

Arizona Ranks as a Top Moving Destination

Arizona ranked #3 overall as the top moving destination for retirement in 2021, according to an annual study by United Van Lines. Last year, 54.1% of all Arizona moves were inbound compared to 45.9% that were outbound, a balanced overall migration. https://www.unitedvanlines.com/newsroom/movers-study-2020?utm_source=prnewswire.com&utm_medium=press&utm_campaign=National-Movers-Study&utm_content=2019-movers-study (January 2022)

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 Phoenix ranked #30, Scottsdale #39, Glendale #58, Chandler #66, Mesa #68 and Gilbert #86. 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/ (January 2022)

Dwellics Best 100 Cities

Queen Creek, Chandler, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Tempe, Goodyear, Phoenix and other Arizona cities have made Dwellics Best Cities list for Raising a Family in the West and Working Remotely. When determining best cities, Dwellics analyzed over 50,000 U.S. cities. Ranking factors included quality of education, community, climate, infrastructure, safety, and finances. Queen Creek ranked #1 for Raising a Family in the West and #16 for working remotely. Other cities for Raising a Family in the West included: Chandler (3), Gilbert (6), Scottsdale (48), Vail (2), and Catalina Foothills (4). Other cities for Working Remotely included: Tempe (9), Goodyear (12), Chandler (14), Gilbert (27), Phoenix (35), Catalina Foothills (2), Tanque Verde (10), Oro Valley (21), and Marana (36). https://dwellics.com/rankings/best-cities-raise-family-west-2022 (January 2022)

Tops for Finding a Job in 2022

Scottsdale is ranked at #8 among the top best U.S. cities for finding a new job in 2022 according to WalletHub. To narrow down the best cities for finding a job, WalletHub compared 180 of the most populous US cities based on 26 indicators which ranged from job opportunities to employment growth to monthly average starting salary. Other cities included Chandler #16, Tempe #23, Gilbert #31, Glendale #49, Peoria #52, Mesa #61 and Phoenix #75. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-cities-for-jobs/2173/ (January 2022)

Top Destinations for Migration

Arizona’s population continues to surge as people move to the state in droves. Many are swapping the West Coast for Arizona, a years-long trend that has only accelerated during the pandemic. Phoenix welcomes 200 new residents each day as renters search for affordability. According to U-Haul data, Arizona is in the top five states to move to, based on migration stats compiled from more than two million customer transactions. https://azbigmedia.com/business/migration-snapshot-heres-how-many-people-are-moving-to-arizona/ (January 2022)

Best Cities to Buy an Affordable Family Home

SmartAsset looked at data on 100 of the largest U.S. cities to identify the best cities to buy an affordable family home. They considered seven metrics, some of which include: percentage of homes with two-plus bedrooms, homeownership rate, affordability measures, and livability statistics. Gilbert came in at #3, Chandler #7, Glendale #19 and Scottsdale #24. https://smartasset.com/data-studies/best-cities-to-buy-an-affordable-family-home-2021#q=Best%20Cities%20to%20Buy%20an%20Affordable (January 2022)

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

Arizona State University has been ranked #2 and The University of Arizona #10 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. The university is also No. 90 on the EPA’s Top 100 list of the largest green power users in the United States. https://www.epa.gov/greenpower/green-power-partnership-top-30-college-university (January 2022)

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

According to WalletHub, Tempe is #30 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, #26 and Scottsdale, #45. https://wallethub.com/edu/most-fun-cities-in-the-us/23455/ (December 2021)

Tempe, Scottsdale, ASU Keep Gold Status as Bike-Friendly Community

The League of American Cyclists has awarded Tempe, Scottsdale and ASU (Tempe campus) a Gold designation. They are among 35 communities to receive the gold status out of the 497 currently ranked. Mesa was awarded a Silver designation. Other ASU campuses as well as Phoenix have earned a Bronze status. Rankings are based on factors such as roads with bike facilities, bike education in schools, bike-friendly laws, and how much of an organization’s transportation budget is spent on bicycling. https://www.bikeleague.org/bfa/awards (December 2021)

Gilbert Top Cities That Care

Some cities are better at taking care of their neighbors than others according to a recent study conducted by WalletHub. Gilbert is ranked at #18. Also making the list are: Scottsdale #23, Chandler #32, Mesa #50, Glendale #71 and Phoenix #76. WalletHub analysts compared the 100 most populated cities across 26 key metrics to find which have the most caring spirit. The data set ranges from the percentage of sheltered homeless persons to the percentage of income donated to charity, to the number of rehabilitation centers per capita. https://wallethub.com/edu/most-caring-cities/17814/ (December 2021)

ASU and UArizona Top 50 Online MBA Programs

The Princeton Review has named ASU’s W.P. Carey (#11) and UArizona’s Eller College of Management (#30) as two of the top 50 Online MBA programs in the nation for online programs. The company chose the schools based on a survey of over 90 business schools offering online programs and used surveys from administers and students attending these schools. https://www.princetonreview.com/business-school-rankings?rankings=top-50-online-mba-programs (December 2021)

UArizona Research Again Ranks Among Nation’s Top Public Universities

The National Science Foundation annually ranks more than 900 colleges and universities and is considered the primary source of information on research and development expenditures at U.S. colleges and universities. The University of Arizona was #20 among public institutions and #35 overall – in the top 4% of all U.S. universities. It also retained its #1 ranking in astronomy and astrophysics, is #2 in Hispanic enrollment, and #5 in physical sciences and NASA-funded activity. https://news.arizona.edu/story/uarizona-research-again-ranks-among-nations-top-public-universities?utm_source=uanow&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign= (December 2021)

Mesa Receives National Running Award

The Road Runners Club of America, the leading distance running organization in the U.S., has named Mesa a Runner Friendly Community (RFC). The award is for the years 2018-2023. This designation highlights the region’s commitment to community infrastructure, business & government support, and community engagement. https://www.rrca.org/our-programs-services/programs/runner-friendly-community/official (November 2021)

Arizona 9th Tax Friendly State

A recent State-by-State Guide to Taxes released by Kiplinger listed Arizona 9th on the list of tax-friendly states. The ranking is determined by a state’s tax burden as it relates to areas including income tax, property tax, sales tax and more. https://www.kiplinger.com/taxes/state-tax/601612/most-tax-friendly-states-for-middle-class-families (November 2021)

Arizona’s Most Admired Companies of 2021

AZ Business Magazine partnered with BestCompaniesAZ to review more than 200 nominations. Top companies show strong leadership, a commitment to the community, and concern for their employees and customers. Banner Health (2020-2021 recognition) has built on the “Banner Strong” movement with three pillars: Demonstrate Heart, Elevate Team and Inspire Success. https://azbigmedia.com/business/celebratory-crowd-honors-most-admired-companies-of-2021/ (October 2021)

Best Foodie Cities in America

According to WalletHub, several Arizona cities are among the best culinary hotspots in the U.S. Included on the list are: Tucson #45, Tempe #46, Scottsdale #49, Phoenix #63, Mesa #75, Gilbert #79 and Chandler #94. The list includes wallet-friendly cities that cater to diners who prefer to cook at home, explore local flavors or both. In order to determine the best and cheapest local foodie scenes, WalletHub compared 180 U.S. cities across 30 key indicators of foodie-friendliness. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-foodie-cities/7522/ (October 2021)

ASU and UArizona Named Top Universities in America

ASU is ranked #46 and The University of Arizona is ranked #59 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 more than 500 public colleges and state universities. https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/top-public-universities/ (October 2021)

Best Places to Live

Paradise Valley ranked #18 among the top 50 places to live in America according to 24/7 Wall St. which created a weighted index of over two-dozen measures to identify the best American cities to live in. The communities on this list span the country from coast to coast but are disproportionately concentrated in the Midwest. Though every city on this list is relatively small — home to fewer than 25,000 people — many are located within a major metropolitan area and are well within commuting distance of a large city. https://247wallst.com/special-report/2021/10/08/best-cities-to-live/8/ (October 2021)

Top Safest Driving States

In a recent study by QuoteWizard, Arizona was ranked as the 9th safest state in America. The list was determined by compiling data from millions of insurance quotes from QuoteWizard users in Arizona on speeding tickets, accidents, DUIs and other citations in the last year. Then they calculated the rate of incidents across each state. States with the lowest rate are ranked safest. https://quotewizard.com/news/posts/the-best-and-worst-drivers-by-state (October 2021)

AZ Community Ranked for Solar Energy

SolSmart, a new national designation program funded by U.S. Department of Energy SunShot (SPARC) Initiative, recognizes communities that have taken steps to advance solar energy growth. Maricopa County has received the Bronze designation. https://www.solsmart.org/our-communities/designee-map/ (October 2021)

Top Public High Schools

Niche has named its 2022 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 were: Phoenix – Basis Scottsdale #40, Arcadia High School #95, Basis Phoenix #88, Basis Chandler #104, and Basis Peoria #120 and Tucson – Basis Oro Valley #39, Basis Tucson North #58, and University High School Tucson #79. https://www.niche.com/k12/search/best-public-high-schools/ (October 2021)

UArizona Named 2021 Fulbright Hispanic-Serving Institution Leader

The University of Arizona is among 35 Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) to be recognized as an inaugural Fulbright HSI Leader. The honor recognizes the university’s high level of engagement with the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. https://eca.state.gov/highlight/eca-announces-inaugural-fulbright-hsi-leaders-initiative (October 2021)

ASU #1 Green School

Participation in Sierra Magazine’s, Cool Schools ranking is open to all four-year, degree-granting undergraduate colleges and universities in the United States. Arizona State University ranked #1 out of the 328 schools that submitted completed responses by the deadline. Each year, school administrators participate by completing 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. https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/cool-schools-2020/cool-schools-2020-full-ranking (September 2021)

ASU Department of Psychology and UArizona improve in Times Higher Education World Rankings

In the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings, the ASU Department of Psychology ranked 52 in the world. This is a nine-spot improvement. The rankings factor in teaching, the learning environment, research, citations, international outlook and industry income. ASU also ranked #132 in the World University Rankings. UArizona came in at #150 in the World University Rankings and #131 in the US College Rankings (#33 among public universities). https://news.asu.edu/20210920-university-news-asu-psychology-ranked-52-world-times-higher-education (September 2021)

ASU Ranks 4th Nationally in STEM Degrees

Based on recent Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System figures, ASU ranks fourth in the United States for undergraduate degrees in STEM-related fields. https://news.asu.edu/20210830-solutions-arizona-state-university-ranks-4th-nationally-undergrad-stem-degrees (September 2021)

Mesa and Phoenix Among Most Affordable Large Cities in U.S.

GOBankingRates reviewed the cost of living in the 50 largest U.S. cities, taking into account average prices for rent, groceries, utilities, transportation, and health care. Local industry has traditionally centered on agriculture and aerospace, but the city also functions more and more as a suburb of sprawling Phoenix. It costs $86,407 to live comfortably for a year in Phoenix and $86,351 to do so in Mesa. https://www.gobankingrates.com/money/economy/cost-to-live-comfortably-biggest-cities-us/#38 (August 2021)

AZ Ranks 5th in Nation for GDP Growth

According to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Arizona’s real gross domestic product (GDP) is up a remarkable 54.3% since 2000. Arizona’s GDP reached a historic high in Q1 2021. https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewdepietro/2021/08/04/2021-us-states-by-gdp-and-which-states-have-experienced-the-biggest-growth/?sh=5debbac3846c (August 2021)

UArizona and ASU Among Top in World Reputation

Times Higher Education has recognized The University of Arizona and Arizona State University as top higher-education institutions in the world, ranking them as global leaders in research, education and innovation in the 2021 edition of its annual World Reputation Rankings. ASU ranked #132 and UArizona ranked #150. www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2021/world-ranking#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats (August 2021)

Arizona Ranked for Business Success

WalletHub put Arizona at #12 for successful business start-ups. The study compared 50 states across 25 key indicators of start-up success to determine the most fertile places in which to launch and grow an enterprise. Arizona ranked 8th for business environment and 16th for access to resources. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-states-to-start-a-business/36934 (July 2021)

Top Healthiest Employers

The top healthiest Arizona employers include: The CORE Institute, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Humana, Sun Health Senior Living, Delta Dental of Arizona, Banner Health, Dignity Health, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Aetna, Mercy Care Plan, and USAA. Ranking Arizona is based purely on opinion and ranks companies based on how voters answer this simple question: with whom would you recommend doing business? https://azbigmedia.com/business/ranking-arizona-top-10-healthiest-employers-for-2020/ (July 2021)

Best Places to Lead an Active Lifestyle

Storage Café ranked Chandler 3rd, Scottsdale 4th, Gilbert 15th, Glendale 17th, Mesa 30th and Phoenix 56th overall. They analyzed the 100 largest cities by population based on several key indicators including: venues for exercising, walkability, bike-friendliness, overall health, weather and natural conditions, park space per capita, air quality index, days with precipitation, beach length and fitness club access and costs, as well as self-storage costs – sports, biking and workout equipment is often kept in storage. https://www.storagecafe.com/blog/best-cities-for-active-lifestyles/ (July 2021)

Best Cities to Live

U.S. News analyzed 150 metro area in the U.S. to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each area, as well as the value of living there and people’s desire to live there. Phoenix came in at #40 as the Best Place to Live, #24 in Fastest-Growing Places and #59 as the Best Place to Retire. Arizona’s capital features a desirable combination of a thriving job market, a relatively low cost of living and plenty of ways to enjoy the nice weather. https://realestate.usnews.com/places/arizona/phoenix (May 2021)

Top Public Golf Courses

Golf Digest‘s America’s Greatest Courses 2021 includes The Estancia Club at #72 in Scottsdale, Forest Highlands Golf Club at #125 in Flagstaff, Whisper Rock G.C. at #156 in Scottsdale and The Stone Canyon Club at #184 in Oro Valley. https://www.golfdigest.com/story/arizona-best-in-state-rankings (May 2021)

Phoenix is a Startup Hot Spot

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 420,000 startups accounted for 2.2 million new jobs in 2018. And Metro Phoenix ranks as one of the hottest spots in the country for innovation, ranking #7 among U.S. cities with the most startups. https://azbigmedia.com/business/phoenix-ranks-no-7-among-u-s-cities-with-the-most-startups/ (May 2021)

Most Affordable Downtowns to Live

GoBankingRates undertook a cost-of-living comparison by the U.S. using zip codes to determine the best downtowns to find a place to live. Chandler ranked #28 and Peoria ranked #30. https://www.gobankingrates.com/investing/real-estate/affordable-downtowns-live-across-america/ (May 2021)

Arizona Ranked 4th Safest State

Expertise.com, a top resource that evaluates and publishes the best local experts, has published a comprehensive report on the safest states, cities, and towns in the U.S. ranking Arizona 4th as a safe state. The study ranks the safest to most dangerous cities and towns with a population of 10,000 or more. Research experts collected data from the FBI Crime Database and used a detailed methodology to assess each municipality. https://www.expertise.com/research/safest-cities-and-states-2021 (March 2021)

Chandler is Salary Leader for Women in Tech

Chandler ranked the 14th best city in the U.S. for women employed in technology careers, according to SmartAsset’s report, the annual 2021 Best Cities for Women in Tech. Chandler’s expanding tech sector is 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 a new report. https://smartasset.com/checking-account/best-cities-for-women-in-tech-2021 (February 2021) 

ASU Think Tank Among Top in the World

ASU’s Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcome (CSPO), a research unit of the Institute for the Future of Innovation Society, has once again been ranked 13th as one of the top Think Tanks for Science and Technology Policy internationally in the latest edition at the University of Pennsylvania’s “Global Go To Think Tank Index.” https://repository.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1019&context=think_tanks (January 2021)

Phoenix Ranked #2 for Newcomers

According to LinkedIn profiles, everyday workers are making a move despite the pandemic. Using data from April 2020 to October 2020, LinkedIn analyzed zip code changes made by its 174 million members. Based on that data, Phoenix ranked #2 for most newcomers between April 2020 and October 2020. For every one person who moved out of the Phoenix area, 1.48 people moved in. Cost of living and quality of life were among the reasons why people were moving. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/15/people-are-migrating-to-these-cities-amid-covid-19-linkedin.html (December 2020)

ASU and UArizona are Tops for Protecting Free Speech

Arizona State University and The University of Arizona have been ranked as top universities in the country for their policies on free speech and protecting its community’s First Amendment rights. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) released its annual Spotlight on Speech Codes for 2021, awarding ASU an overall green light rating — the highest metric possible in FIRE’s rating system: green, yellow and red. https://www.thefire.org/resources/spotlight/ (December 2020)

Phoenix Ranked Most Innovative City

Phoenix was ranked 20th in America on a list of innovative cities in the world according to the global consulting firm Hickey and Associates. Phoenix ranked in the top 25 globally among cities leading in Biotech. Hickey and Associates shares: “Technology that focuses on living organism – has continued to grow exponentially as an industry. Within this sector, there has been a large increase in investment towards companies focusing on innovation.” https://www.hickeyandassociates.com/gih2020navigator/ (November 2020)

ASU Still Top Choice for International Students

ASU ranks among the top 10 universities in the nation for international students according to the Institute of International Education. More than 13,300 students from 136 countries were enrolled at ASU in the 2019–20 school year. The Institute of International Education, the world’s largest international training and education nonprofit organization, published the “2019 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange” in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs IIE Open Doors / Fast Facts 2020 (opendoorsdata.org) (November 2020)

Arizona Companies Ranked as the Fastest Growing

Arizona has seven companies on Deloitte’s annual ranking of the fastest growing public and private technology companies in North America, including four software companies. Phoenix area companies include: Freestar #31 (Phoenix), Iota Communications Inc. #103 (Phoenix), CampusLogic #137 (Chandler), and Centauri Healthcare Solutions #119 (Scottsdale). Other Arizona companies in the rankings include (all in Tucson): Accelerate Diagnostics Inc. #47, Audioeye Inc. #122 and HTG Molecular Diagnostics Inc. #361. https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/us/Documents/technology-media-telecommunications/us-tmt-fast-500-2020-winners-list.pdf (November 2020)

Arizona Among Best States for Middle Class

The wealth gap between upper- and middle-income families continues to grow, but in some states the middle class is thriving. Arizona is one of them. Personal finance tech company SmartAsset ranked Arizona #16 among the top states for the middle class based on percentage of middle-income households, cost of living, income, homeownership and job growth. https://smartasset.com/mortgage/best-states-for-the-middle-class-2020-edition#q=Best%20States%20for%20the%20Middle%20Class (November 2020)

Arizona Top Digital Cities

The Center for Digital Government announced the winners of the 2020 Digital Cities Survey. In its 20th year, the annual survey recognizes cities using technology to improve citizen’s services, enhance transparency and encourage citizen engagement. The survey honors cities in five population categories. In the 500,000 and more population category, Phoenix is 4th, Mesa is 5th. In the 250,000 – 499,999 population category, Chandler is 5th, Gilbert is 9th, in the 75,000 – 124,999 Avondale is 6th and in the up to 75,000 Marana is 9th. https://www.govtech.com/dc/digital-cities/digital-cities-survey-2020-winners-announced.html (November 2020)

Parks and Recreation Departments Among the Elite

The City of Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Peoria, Glendale and Surprise Parks and Recreation departments continue to be among the elite parks and recreation agencies across the country by earning reaccreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for parks and recreation agencies and is a measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management, and service to the community. This mark of distinction indicates that an agency has met rigorous standards related to the management and administration of lands, facilities, resources, programs, safety, and services. https://www.nrpa.org/certification/accreditation/CAPRA/ (November 2020)

UArizona Recognized as Championing Hispanic Higher Education

The University of Arizona has been named the Outstanding Member Institution by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities in recognition of the university’s excellence in support of HACU’s mission to champion Hispanic success in higher education. UArizona has been an active HACU member institution for 25 years. In early 2020, the university hosted the HACU Ascending Leaders Forum on campus, an initiative to promote staff diversity in senior leadership positions at colleges and universities. The university has also collaborated with HACU to host several webinars to inform successful Hispanic higher education practices and has been working with HACU to create a research-intensive R1 Hispanic-Serving Institution Consortium. https://www.hacu.net/hacu/default.asp (October 2020)

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