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Arizona Ranks High Among States with Best Economic Outlook for 2020

Arizona is 10th in the nation in a survey that ranked states with the best overall economic outlook for 2020. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conducted the survey, titled “Rich States, Poor States.” The data examined ranks the 2020 economic outlook for states using 15 equally weighted policy variables, including various tax rates, regulatory burdens and labor policies. https://www.alec.org/app/uploads/2020/08/RSPS_13th-Edtion_State-Pages_final.pdf (August 2020)

Ranked as Best Employer

Forbes named the University of Arizona #10 out of 80 of Arizona’s best employers in a recent study. Other employer is the state: Freeport-McMoRan #16, HonorHealth #19, Arizona Public Service #20, City of Phoenix #29, Pima County #32, Raytheon Technologies #44, Maricopa County #62, Maricopa County Community College District #64, and Pima Community College #67 all made the list. https://www.forbes.com/best-employers-by-state/#49e37556487a (August 2020)

ASU and UArizona Best Colleges for Your Money

Money has ranked a list of the best colleges that combine educational quality, affordability, and alumni success. Arizona State University is #123 and University of Arizona came in #98 of the more than 700 best performing colleges that were analyzed. https://money.com/best-colleges/ (August 2020)

Best Arizona Community Colleges

WalletHub looked at more than 700 community colleges and compared 17 metrics in three categories: cost and financing, education outcomes and career outcomes. Among other things, the metrics included tuition and fees, retention rates and student loan default. https://wallethub.com/edu/e/best-worst-community-colleges/15076/#main-findings (August 2020)

  • 253. GateWay Community College
  • 255. Chandler-Gilbert Community College
  • 319. Paradise Valley Community College
  • 330. Cochise County Community College District
  • 363. Glendale Community College
  • 372. Mesa Community College
  • 407. Estrella Mountain Community College
  • 445. Eastern Arizona College
  • 450. Phoenix College
  • 494. Pima Community College
  • 508. Mohave Community College
  • 524. Yavapai College
  • 557. Scottsdale Community College
  • 566. Coconino Community College
  • 584. Northland Pioneer College
  • 597. South Mountain Community College
  • 634. Rio Salado College
  • 645. Central Arizona College
  • 653. Tohono O’Odham Community College

Arizona is Tops for Dogs

Scottsdale came in #12 with high rankings for pet friendly outside spaces and businesses. Other top dog cities include: Phoenix, #27, Tucson, #39, Gilbert#82, Glendale #69, Chandler #81, and Mesa # 93. 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 2020)

ASU and UArizona Among Top 385 Colleges

The Princeton Review again has named Arizona State University and University of Arizona as one of the best higher education institutions in the nation for undergraduate education. The Princeton Review does not issue overall rankings for the 386 schools. Instead, it assigns scores ranging from a low of 60 to a high of 99 in a variety of categories. UArizona excelled in campus Top 50 Entrepreneurship Ugrad #36 and Best Health Services #14. ASU ranked #3 Best College Radio Stations and #1 Students Pack the Stadium. https://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings/best-colleges?ceid=nav-1-es (August 2020)

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 2021. 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://asunow.asu.edu/20200728-asu-news-asu-named-best-buy-fiske-guide-colleges-2021 (July 2020)

Top Healthiest Employers

The top healthiest Arizona employers include The CORE Institute, Blue Cross Blue Shield of American, Sun Health Senior Living, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Banner Health, Delta Dental of Arizona, Mayo Clinic, USAA, Humana and Cigna HealthCare of Arizona. 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 2020)

Best Hospitals in Arizona

According to U.S. News & World Report, Mayo Clinic ranks #1 (#16 on the top 20 National list), Banner University Medical Center Phoenix #3, Northwest Medical Center, #4, Banner University Medical Center Tucson #7 and Chandler Regional Medical Center #7. All are nationally ranked in various specialties. U.S. News & World Report surveyed nearly 10,000 specialists and sifted through data for approximately 5,000 hospitals to rank the best in 16 adult specialties, from cancer to urology. Only 165 hospitals performed well enough to be ranked in one or more specialties. https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/az (July 2020)

Most Educated Cites

As the fall semester commences, WalletHub determined where the most educated Americans are choosing to settle. In order to do so, they compared the 150 largest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas across nine key metrics. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale ranked as #80. 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 2020)

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

For the third consecutive year, Phoenix Children’s Hospital has been named one of the top children’s hospitals in 10 out of 10 specialties in U.S. News & World Report recent annual report on “Best Children’s Hospitals for 2020-2021. PCH is one of only 24 to make the list in all 10 specialties of the largest children’s hospitals in the country. Phoenix Children’s is ranked nationally in pediatric specialties: Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology. https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/pediatric-rankings (July 2020)

Top Companies to Work For

ASU Enterprise Partners was recognized as one of 125 top companies to work for in Arizona for the seventh consecutive year by Republic Media and the Arizona Commerce Authority for its leadership, work environment and employee satisfaction. The companies chosen were evaluated through questionnaires sent to employees and employers on a variety of benchmark criteria. https://www.azcentral.com/story/sponsor-story/top-companies-arizona-2020/2020/06/16/top-companies-work-arizona-2020/3201447001/ (July 2020)

ASU and UArizona Ranked Among Elite 100 World Universities

University of Arizona is ranked #89 and Arizona State University is ranked #183 and among the top elite world universities in the world. The Center for World Rankings (CWUR) publishes the only global university performance tables that measure the quality of education and training of students, as well as the prestige of the faculty and the quality of their research, without relying on surveys and university data submissions. https://cwur.org/2020-21.php (June 2020)

ASU and UArizona are Top 100 Global Patent Ranking

Arizona State University ranks 11th and University of Arizona ranks 39th are 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. http://docserver.ingentaconnect.com/deliver/connect/nai/19498241/v21n3x1/s1.pdf?expires=1598397040&id=0000&titleid=75009783&checksum=A2B9A52CC32C71DA1CCD60AAC46A8201 (June 2020)

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

GOBankingRates reviewed the cost of living in the 50 largest U.S. cities, taking into account average prices for rent, groceries, utilities, transportation, and health care. Local industry has traditionally centered 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 (June 2020)

ASU School of Public Affairs is #4 Globally

Arizona State University has been recognized by the Shanghai Academic Rankings of World Universities as #2 in the U.S. and #4 globally for research on public administration. 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/index.html (June 2020)

AZ Cities Receive Tree City USA Recognition

The Tree City USA programs a national program that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America. Several Arizona cities made the list. Some of those included are: Avondale, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Litchfield Park, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe all received recognition as “Tree City USA” in honor of Arbor Day. https://www.arborday.org/programs/treecityusa/treecities.cfm?chosenstate=Arizona (June 2020)

ASU and UArizona Earn Tree Campus USA Designation

As the oldest continually maintained public green space in Arizona, the University of Arizona has again earned the Tree Campus USA recognition for its work promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, honors higher education institutions and leaders across the nation for tree care initiatives. https://www.arborday.org/programs/treecampususa/campuses.cfm (June 2020)

Arizona Hospitals Ranked Best in Nation

Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix and Mayo Clinic Phoenix are ranked in a recent list of top 100 greatest hospitals in America, according to Becker Hospital Review. The Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team selected hospitals for this list based on analysis of rankings and awards from numerous reputable sources, including U.S. News & World Report, CareChex, Healthgrades, CMS Star ratings, Leapfrog grades, and IBM Health Watson top hospitals. The final result is a list of 100 hospitals considered overall healthcare leaders in their region, state or the nation. https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/lists/100-great-hospitals-in-america-2020.html (May 2020)

Valley Companies on Fortune 500 List

Five valley based companies have made the Fortune 500 List in 2020, Avnet #169 (has made the list every year since 195), Freeport-McMoRan #221, Republic Services #305, Insight #409 and Magellan Health #432. https://fortune.com/fortune500/ (May 2020)

Best Cities for Staycation

WalletHub considered 36 key indicators in ranking the 150 largest U.S. cities. Scottsdale ranks #7 among best cities for staycations. Peoria #16, Glendale #24, Gilbert #33, Chandler #62, Tempe #55, Phoenix #86, and Mesa #96 are also great places to play. Certain cities are obviously more conducive to a staycation than others. From recreation opportunities to the cost of relaxation, there are a number of factors to consider when evaluating whether or not you can bring the benefits of a vacation to your front door. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-cities-for-staycations/4341/ (May 2020)

Arizona Great Place for Nurses

According to WalletHub, Arizona is ranked 9th in the U.S. as best place to work as a nurse and 9th highest for lowest competition. The study compared all 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 2020)

Top Destinations for Migration

Each year, as a prelude to the Memorial Day weekend, U-Haul counts down its top destination cities by tracking the total of one-way trucks arriving at a destination. This year, Phoenix ranked 10th and Tucson was ranked 19th. https://www.uhaul.com/Articles/About/21556/Top-Us-Destination-Cities-Houston-Is-U-Haul-No-1-Destination-City-for-2019/ (May 2020)

Arizona Best High Schools in Nation

Nationally ranked Phoenix area high schools include: BASIS Chandler #7, BASIS Peoria #27, BASIS Scottsdale #49, BASIS Phoenix #56, Gilbert Classical Academy #60, BASIS Ahwatukee #67, University High School (Tolleson) #86, and Arizona College Prep (Chandler) #129. The U.S. News & World Report rankings include data on more than 20,500 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/national-rankings (April 2020)

Arizona Medical Centers Earn Top Spots

Abrazo Arrowhead Campus and Maricopa Medical Center have been named to the nation’s 100 Top Hospital list by IBM Watson Health. This national study spotlights the top-performing hospitals in the U.S. based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational, and patient satisfaction metrics and data. The study has been conducted annually since 1993. https://www.ibm.com/watson-health/services/100-top-hospitals (April 2020)

ASU #5 in Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Arizona State University ranked 5th in the world in the annual Times Higher Education World University 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/rankings/impact/2020/overall#!/page/0/length/25/name/Arizona/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/undefined (April 2020)

ASU Ranked Tops Nationally

Recognized by the Best Colleges 2020 edition of U.S. News & World Report, Arizona State University was nationally ranked No. 117 (tie) among all universities and No. 53 (tie) among public universities. U.S. News Best College Rankings – In addition to ranking #1 Most Innovative School, ASU also ranks #4 for Management Information Systems, #80 for Best Colleges for Veterans and #145 Best Value School. U.S. News Best Grad School Rankings include #35 Business School, #23 Part-time MBA, #113 Best Education Schools, #41 Best Engineering Schools, #24 Best Law Schools, #45 Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice and #40 (tie) Best Nursing Schools: Master’s. U.S. News Best Online Programs Rankings Includes #10 Best Online MBA Programs, #6 Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans, #3 Best Online Finance MBA Programs and #1 Best Online General Management MBA Programs. U.S. News Best Global University Rankings includes #146 Best Global Universities, #56 Arts and Humanities, #25 Economics and Business, #74 Psychiatry/Psychology and #19 Social Sciences and Public Health. https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/arizona-state-university-tempe-1081 (March 2020)

UArizona Recognized Nationally

Recognized by the Best Colleges 2020 edition of U.S. News & World Report, The University of Arizona was nationally ranked #117 (tie) among all universities and #53 among public universities. U.S. News Best College Rankings – In addition to ranking No. 4 for Management Information Systems, UArizona also ranks #80 for Best Colleges for Veterans. U.S. News Best Grad School Rankings include #46 Business School, #3 Information Systems, #36 Part-time MBA, #73 Best Education Schools, #63 Best Engineering Schools, #47 Best Law Schools, #62(tie) Best Medical Schools: Research, #31 Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice and #45 (tie) Best Nursing Schools: Master’s. U.S. News Best Online Programs Rankings Includes #3 Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs, #10 Best Online MBA Programs, #38 Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs, #31 Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs, #11 Best Online Bachelors Program and #29 Best Online Graduate Education Programs. U.S. News Best Global University Rankings includes #84 Best Global Universities, #30 Arts and Humanities, #95 (tie) Economics and Business, #35 Environment/Ecology, #20 Plant and Animal Science, #103 Psychiatry/Psychology, #94 Social Sciences and Public Health and #11(tie) Space Science. https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/university-of-arizona-1083 (March 2020)

ASU Top U.S. Producers of Fulbright Students

Arizona State University was once again one of the top (#16 tie) producers of students who win the prestigious Fulbright Award for 2019-2020. ASU has 19 students and 10 faculty members in U.S. Government’s flagship international educational exchange program. https://www.chronicle.com/article/Top-Producers-of-Fulbright/248001 (March 2020)

ASU and UArizona Lead in Peace Corp Volunteers

The Peace Corp ranks ASU #8 among large schools on the agency’s 2020 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list with 59 volunteering worldwide. University of Arizona ranks #17 on the list with 47 volunteering worldwide. https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.peacecorps.gov/documents/topschools2020.pdf.pdf (March 2020)

Safest Arizona Cities in 2020

To determine the safest cities in Arizona, SafeWise.com reviewed 2018 FBI crime report statistics and population data. Rankings are based on the number of violent crimes in each city. Top rankings include: Oro Valley #3, Gilbert #4, Maricopa #6, Surprise #7, Scottsdale #13, Peoria #14, Chandler #15, Goodyear #18 and Mesa # 20. https://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-arizona/ (March 2020)

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 #8, Gilbert #23, Chandler #33, Peoria #38, Tempe #44, Mesa #69, Glendale #104, Phoenix #119 and Tucson #123. https://wallethub.com/edu/happiest-places-to-live/32619/ (March 2020)

Arizona Hospitals Ranked Best in Nation

Dignity Health-Chandler Medical Center and Mayo Clinic Hospital (Phoenix) were ranked as America’s 50 Best Hospitals according to Healthgrades, Inc. The top 50 hospitals are in the top 1% of hospitals in the nation for providing overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of conditions and procedures consistently for a least six consecutive years. https://www.healthgrades.com/quality/americas-best-hospitals-for-2020 (February 2020)

Scottsdale Ranked Among Top 10 Healthiest Cities

WalletHub put together a panel of experts to analyze which of the most populated U.S. cities are doing the best job of keeping their residents healthy and happy. Each city was examined for healthcare, fitness and access to green space. Scottsdale made the list at #9. Other Arizona cities that made the list include: Peoria #41, Tempe #44, Phoenix #50, Chandler #60, Gilbert #64, Tucson #74, Glendale #85 and Mesa #104. https://wallethub.com/edu/healthiest-cities/31072/ (February 2020)

ASU and UArizona Top Universities in America

Arizona State University is ranked #45 and the University of Arizona is #51 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 2020)

ASU and UArizona Earn ‘Military Friendly School’ Accolade

Arizona State University and University of Arizona have been designated as a 2019-2020 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine. The designation provided service members and their families with transparent, data driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. https://www.militaryfriendly.com/schools/ (February 2020)

ASU and UArizona Top U.S. Producers of Fulbright Scholars

Arizona State University and the University of Arizona are once again named a top-producer of Fulbright scholars for 2019-2020 according to the Institute of International Education. ASU tied 16th with 19 faculty awards and UArizona ranked 14th with 20 UArizona faculty awards. https://topproducing.fulbrightonline.org/top-producing-institutions-by-year?filter%5Bproducing_type%5D=Student&filter%5Byear%5D=2019-2020&filter%5Btype%5D=PhD (February 2020)

ASU Named Best Value College

Arizona State University has made the 2020 Princeton Review list of “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck”. The Princeton Review, which rates colleges and universities on a host of factors, citied ASU’s “stellar academics, affordable cost and strong career prospects for graduates”. ASU has been named to this list every year since its inaugural publishing in 2015. This year, ASU is the only school in Arizona to make the list. https://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings?rankings=best-value-colleges (January 2020)

Arizona Cities Tops for Finding a Job in 2020

Scottsdale #1, Chandler #6, Tempe #8, Gilbert #20, Glendale #31, Peoria #36, Phoenix #53 and Mesa #56, are among the top cities for finding a job in 2020 according to a recent study by WalletHub. To narrow down the best cities for finding a job, WalletHub compared 180 of the most populous US cities based on 26 indicators which ranged from job opportunities to employment growth to monthly average starting salary. Tucson also made the list at #97. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-cities-for-jobs/2173/ (January 2020)

UArizona One of Best Employers for Diversity

The University of Arizona has made its inaugural appearance on Forbes’ third annual Best Employers For Diversity list, placing at #241 out of 500 businesses with at least 1,000 employees. The university was one of only four businesses (GoDaddy #138, Freeport-McMoRan #458 and Salt River Project #464) headquartered in Arizona to be included on the national list and one of only 30 education institutions to earn the recognition. https://www.forbes.com/best-employers-diversity/#44da45449b9e (January 2020)

Arizona Restaurants in Top 100 Places to Eat in US

In Yelp’s annual list honoring eateries across the US, two Arizona restaurants made the list of the top places to eat in 2020. Yelp’s list honored eateries that ranked so high on the community opinion that they earned the status of “must try this year”. Yelp looked at reviews received by businesses while considering both the ratings and the volume of reviews to determine the list. Restaurants on the list include: Cocina Madrigal #5 in Phoenix, and Barista Del Barrio #53 in Tucson. https://blog.yelp.com/2020/01/yelps-top-100-places-to-eat-2020 (January 2020)

ASU Think Tank Among Top in the World

ASU’s Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcome (CSPO), a research unit of the Institute for the Future of Innovation Society, has once again been named one of the top 10 think tanks for science and technology policy in the latest edition at the University of Pennsylvania’s “Global Go To Think Tank Index.” https://repository.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1018&context=think_tanks (January 2020)

Arizona Gaining as a Top Moving Destination

Arizona ranked third overall as the top moving destination in 2019, according to an annual study by United Van Lines. Last year, 63.2% of all Arizona moves were inbound compared to 36.8% that were outbound. Arizona rose two spots from the 2018 survey with job opportunities, retirement lifestyles and other factors luring newcomers. https://www.unitedvanlines.com/newsroom/movers-study-2019?utm_source=prnewswire.com&utm_medium=press&utm_campaign=National-Movers-Study&utm_content=2019-movers-study (January 2020)

Best Cities for an Active Lifestyle

WalletHub ranked the 100 most populated cities in the U.S. based on how well they accommodate or encourage an active lifestyle. They analyzed 24 key metrics, ranging from the average monthly fitness club fee to the number of sports clubs per capita. The following cities were ranked in the top 100 overall Tucson #27, Scottsdale #34, Glendale #39, Phoenix #46, Gilbert #62, Chandler #72 and Mesa #81. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-cities-for-an-active-lifestyle/8817/ (January 2020)

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/ (December 2019)

Scottsdale Ranks in Top 20 for Cities That Care

Some cities are better at taking care of their neighbors than others. Scottsdale is among the best – ranked #10, according to a financial services company. Gilbert #15, Chandler #26 and Mesa #45 also do a great job of taking care of their neighbors. WalletHub analysts compared the 100 most populated cities across 26 key metrics to find which have the most caring spirit. The data set ranges from the percentage of sheltered homeless persons to the percentage of income donated to charity, to the number of rehabilitation centers per capita. WalletHub had this to say about our community: “Scottsdale Senior Services provides an integrated system of services, resources and opportunities to help people improve their lives, neighborhoods and community through recreation, social services and health and wellness services.” https://wallethub.com/edu/most-caring-cities/17814/ (December 2019)

Phoenix in Top 10 to Start a Business

Phoenix rose two spots this year to break into the top 10 among the 50 best cities to start a business in 2020, according to Inc. magazine. Phoenix ranked 9th overall, with low costs and low regulations cited as the reason. Phoenix also ranked 2nd in the U.S. for business creation, 7th for population growth and ninth for job creation. https://www.inc.com/surge-cities (December 2019)

Arizona Gains in Solar Power

Arizona’s solar market remains steady during the first quarter of 2019 (ranks 3rd in solar capacity), according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report. Arizona ranked 9th with solar installations. 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-2019-q4 (December 2019)

Arizona Top Digital Cities

The center for Digital Government announced the winners of the 2018 Digital Cities Survey. In its 18th year, the annual survey recognizes cities using technology to improve citizen’s services, enhance transparency and encourage citizen engagement. The survey honors cities in five population categories. In the 500,000 and more population category, Phoenix is 7th, Mesa is 6th. In the 250,000 – 499,999 population category, Chandler is 9rd, in the 75,000 – 124,999 Avondale is 10th and in the up to 75,000 Marana is 10th. https://www.govtech.com/dc/digital-cities/Digital-Cities-Survey-2019–Winners-Announced.html (November 2019)

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 #11 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-2019 (November 2019)

Mesa First Autism Certified City

Visitors can tailor their experience based on a scale developed to inform travelers of the sensory impact of an activity. The City of Mesa also has hundreds of front-of-house staff across industries trained in providing customer service to those diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) certified the City of Mesa. https://www.visitmesa.com/autism-travel/ November (2019)

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: Iota Communications Inc. #53 (Phoenix), CampusLogic #81 (Chandler), Vici Media #370 (Phoenix) and Nextive #489 (Scottsdale). Other Arizona companies in the rankings include (all in Tucson): Accelerate Diagnostics Inc. #34, Audioeye Inc. #83 and HTG Molecular Diagnostics Inc. #253. https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/us/Documents/technology-media-telecommunications/us-tmt-fast-500-2019-winners-list.pdf (November 2019)

Top Public High Schools

Niche has named its 2020 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: Basis Scottsdale #9, Basis Tucson North #26, Basis Oro Valley #41, Basis Peoria #55, Basis Phoenix #59, Basis Chandler #68, Arcadia High School #70, Basis Ahwatukee #95, and University High School Tucson #99. https://www.niche.com/k12/search/best-public-high-schools/?page=2 (October 2019)

Arizona’s Three State Universities Best for Vets

Arizona State University ranked No.106, University of Arizona ranked No.18 and Northern Arizona University ranked No.44 among the top public universities in the nation for military and veteran students according to Military Times. The publication released its 2020 list of the top 140 four-year universities. https://charts.militarytimes.com/chart/15 (October 2019)

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. The ranking follows reports showing Arizona recorded record revenue during the most recent fiscal year. https://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/taxes/T054-S001-10-most-tax-friendly-states-in-the-u-s-2019/index.html (October 2019)

AZ Communities Ranked for Solar Energy

SolSmart a new national designation program funded by U.S. Department of Energy SunShot (SPARC) Initiative recognizes communities that have taken steps to advance solar energy growth. Pima County has received the Gold designation, Oro Valley received Silver designation and Maricopa County received Bronze designation. https://www.solsmart.org/our-communities/designee-map/ (October 2019)

Best Foodie Cities in America

According to WalletHub, several Arizona cities are among the best culinary hotspots in the U.S. Included on the list are: Scottsdale #32, Tucson #37, Mesa #51, Phoenix #52 and Chandler #86. The list includes wallet-friendly cities that cater to diners who prefer to cook at home, explore local flavors or both. In order to determine the best and cheapest local foodie scenes, WalletHub compared 182 cities including the 150 most populated U.S. cities plus at least two “Affordability and “Diversity, Accessibility, and Quality”. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-foodie-cities/7522/ (October 2019)

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

According to WalletHub, Tucson is #25 among the top 50 U.S. cities named as the Most Fun. Wallethub defined a place as fun as one that packs a little bit of everything for everyone. The study compared the 150 largest U.S. cities based on 58 key metrics. They range from fitness centers per capita to movie costs to average open hours of breweries. Other Arizona cities making the top 50 on the list were Scottsdale, #30, Phoenix, #48 and Tempe, #51. https://wallethub.com/edu/most-fun-cities-in-the-us/23455/ (September 2019)

Arizona Blue Ribbon Schools

U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon School program has recognized 5 Arizona schools with the Blue Ribbon Award. The honor recognizes outstanding public and non-public schools that achieve high levels of overall academic excellence or make significant improvements in closing the achievement gap with student subgroups. The Arizona Blue Ribbon Schools named in 2019 are: Phoenix – Alhambra Traditional School and Kyrene de la Sierra Elementary School, Chandler – Arizona College Prep Erie Campus, Ash Fork – Ash Fork Elementary and Mesa – Montessori Education Centre Charter School. https://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/2018/national.pdf (September 2019)

Best Real Estate Markets

WalletHub has released its list of the Best Real Estate markets in the U.S. The rankings include Gilbert #14, Peoria #97, Chandler #63, Tempe #69, Mesa #96, Surprise #104, Phoenix #123, Scottsdale #156, Glendale #162 and Tucson #203. 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/ (September 2019)

ASU and UArizona Top Green Schools

Participation in Sierra Magazine’s, Cool Schools ranking is open to all four-year, degree-granting undergraduate colleges and universities in the United States. Arizona State University ranked #10 and the University of Arizona ranked #93 out of the 269 schools that submitted completed responses by the deadline. Each year, school administrators participate by going to stars.aashe.org to complete an extensive questionnaire about their campus sustainability practices. The survey, officially called the Campus Sustainability Data Collector, is the result of the collaborative efforts of four organizations: the Sierra Club, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI), and the Princeton Review. https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2019-5-september-october/cool-schools-2019/top-20-coolest-schools-2019 (September 2019)

ASU and UArizona Top 25 Online MBA Programs

For the second year in a row, the Princeton Review has named ASU’s W.P. Carey (#10) and UArizona’s Eller College of Management (#22) as two of the top 25 Online MBA programs in the nation for online programs. The company chose the schools based on a survey of over 90 business schools offering online programs and used surveys from administers and students attending these schools. https://www.princetonreview.com/business-school-rankings?rankings=top-25-online-mba-programs&page=2 (September 2019)

Arizona State University Receives Procurement Award

ASU has received the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute. Arizona State University is one of 14 agencies in the United States and Canada to receive the award. The cities that received the award include: Central Arizona Project, City of Chandler, City of Tempe, City of Mesa, and the City of Scottsdale. Award Criteria are designed to measure innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity and leadership attributes to the procurement function. https://npiconnection.org/awards/aep.asp (September 2019)

Best Places to Retire

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

Best for Startups

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

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

Arizona ranked 16th overall in “Top States for Doing Business” and 4th in “Most Improved Economic Development Polices”, and #9 in “Competitive Labor Environment” categories. https://www.areadevelopment.com/Top-States-for-Doing-Business/Q3-2019/overall-results-georgia-ranked-top-state-by-site-selection-c.shtml (September 2019)

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Ranks Among Highest

J.D. Power has released the results of its 2019 North America Airport Satisfaction Study. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport was ranked for overall satisfaction among “mega airports”. The study measured overall traveler satisfaction examined six factors in order of importance: terminal facilities, airport accessibility, security check; baggage claim, check-in/baggage check, food, beverage and retail. On a 1,000 point scale, Sky Harbor scored 770. https://www.jdpower.com/business/press-releases/2019-north-america-airport-satisfaction-study (September 2019)

Top Places to Live

According to Livability.com, Tempe (No. 18), Mesa (No. 32) and Tucson (No. 99) are among the top 100 best places to live in the U.S. The study examined more than 1,000 cities based on thousands of data points measuring economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health. https://livability.com/list/top-100-best-places-to-live/2019/10?page=0 (September 2019)

Four Arizona Golf Courses Ranked as Tops

Talking Stick (Scottsdale) and Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North (Scottsdale) made the Top 100 Courses. Also making the list are The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain (Marana) and JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa (Tucson). GOLF.com readers rated each resort based on five key variables: golf experience, accommodations, service, food and ambience. The results of this poll were then weighed against the opinions of a select group of GOLF’s Top 100 Courses panelists and those of internal travel and editorial teams to list destinations in each category. https://www.golf.com/travel/2019/09/26/best-golf-resorts-north-america-golf-ranking/ (September 2019)

ASU and UArizona Named Among Top Universities in the Country

ASU placed 46th and UArizona placed 92th overall in Washington Monthly magazine’s 2019 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/2019college-guide (August 2019)

Arizona Cities Among Best for Recreation

WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 35 key metrics that speak to the relative benefits of public spaces and recreational activities across the country. For each city, they examined basic living costs, the quality of parks, the accessibility of entertainment and recreational facilities as well as the climate. Scottsdale ranked 8th for best recreation. Other Arizona cities that made the list are: Tucson, #20, Phoenix #29, Glendale #45, Chandler #51, Mesa #63, and Gilbert #69. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-cities-for-recreation/5144/ (July 2019)

Arizona Ranked for Business Success

Wallethub put Arizona at #7 for successful business start-ups. The study compared 50 states across 25 key indicators of start- up success to determine the most fertile growth in which to launch and grow and enterprise. Arizona ranked 10 for business environment and 23 for business costs. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/09/wallethub-best-and-worst-us-states-for-starting-a-business.html (July 2019)

Best Work-Life Balance Cities

Smart Asset recently released a report ranking the 25 American cities with the best work-balance. Scottsdale #19 was chosen as one of the cities where housing is affordable, people work less and there is plenty to do. The report looked at 10 metrics across the 100 biggest cities in the country using data from the US Census Bureau. This included concentration of entertainment establishments, restaurants, and bars; the average weeks and hours worked per year; the unemployment and labor force participation rates; housing as a percentage of income; average commute time; and percentage of workers with a commute longer than one hour. https://www.businessinsider.com/best-cities-for-work-life-balance-us-2019-1#19-scottsdale-arizona-7 (July 2019)

Top City for Best Drivers

Several Arizona cities can be found on America’s 2019 best drivers report. They are: Scottsdale #15, Mesa #16, Chandler #26, Peoria #35, Tucson #40, Gilbert #41, Tempe #64, Phoenix #84 and Glendale #89. Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report® is an annual ranking that identifies which of the 200 largest U.S. cities have the safest drivers. Sharing this data every year can highlight the importance of educating people about the importance of safe driving. https://www.allstate.com/americas-best-drivers/index.htm (July 2019)

Best Place to Visit

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

Best State Economies

A new study by WalletHub finds that the Arizona economy is ranked among the 20 best in the U.S. and listed it ahead of many states for attracting relocating companies. Arizona ranked No. 11, just ahead of Texas (No. 12) and behind North Carolina (No. 10). To compile the rankings, each state and Washington D.C were compared across 28 economic performance and strength indicators. Data ranged from growth in gross domestic product to start up activity and share of jobs in the high-tech industry. https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-best-economies/21697/ (July 2019)

AZ Cities Rank Among Best Big Cities

A recent study by WalletHub compared 62 largest cities in the U.S to live and ranked Mesa #18 and Phoenix #35. In order to determine the list, 56 key factors of attractiveness were compared such as affordability, economy, public education, health and quality of life. Tucson ranked #39. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-large-cities-to-live-in/14358/ (July 2019)

UArizona Among Top 100 World Reputation

Times Higher Education has recognized the University of Arizona as one of the top 100 higher-education institutions in the world, ranking it as a global leader in research, education and innovation in the 2019 edition of its annual World Reputation Rankings. UArizona which appears in the 81-90 range is among 42 colleges and universities from the U.S. to claim the award. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2019/reputation-ranking#!/page/0/length/25/name/University%20of%20Arizona/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats (July 2019)

AZ Ranks 4th in Nation for GDP Growth

According to the data released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Arizona’s real gross domestic product (GDP) increased by four percent in 2018, the fourth fastest growth rate in the nation. AZ growth outpaced that of 46 other states. Sectors including manufacturing, real estate and rental leasing and contracting contributed to the most GDP growth over the past year. https://azbigmedia.com/arizona-ranks-4th-in-the-nation-for-gdp-growth/ (June 2019)

Phoenix Ranked Most Innovative City

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

ASU and UArizona Best Value College

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

Best Cities for Live Music

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

Top Public Golf Courses

Golf Digest‘s America’s 100 Greatest Courses 2019 includes The Estancia Club at #70 in Scottsdale. Whisper Rock G.C. also in Scottsdale is included in the America’s 100 Second Greatest courses. https://www.golfdigest.com/story/arizona-best-in-state-rankings (June 2019)

Best Cities to Live

For the third year, U.S. News analyzed 125 metro area in the U.S. to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each area, as well as the value of living there and people’s desire to live there. Phoenix remained in top 30 at #26 as the Best Place to Live, #35 as the Best Place to Retire and #20 Fastest Growing Places. Arizona’s capital features a desirable combination of a thriving job market, a relatively low cost of living and plenty of way to enjoy the nice weather. https://realestate.usnews.com/places/rankings/best-places-to-live?src=usn_pr (May 2019)

Best Place to Live in the Arizona

Money teamed with Realtor.com to rank the best places to live in each state. The study collected more than 135,000 different data points to narrow down the list which weighted on economic health, public school performance, and housing. Other critical components included cost of living and diversity. Peoria was chosen as the best place to live in the state of Arizona for low crime, good schools and economic opportunity. Jobs are expected to increase by 2022. http://time.com/money/5479244/this-is-the-best-place-to-live-in-every-state/ (January 2019)

ASU Still Top Choice for International Students

For the fourth consecutive year, Arizona State University is hosting more international students than any public university in the country. More than 13,000 international students called ASU home for at least part of the 2017-2018 school year. The Institute of International Education, the world’s largest international training and education nonprofit organization, published the “2018 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange” in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs https://www.iie.org/Research-and-Insights/Open-Doors/Data/International-Scholars/Institutions-Hosting-the-Most-Scholars (December 2018)

Top Cities to Start Careers

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

Best Places to Live

Paradise Valley ranked #40 among the top 50 places to live in America according to 24/7 Wall St. which created a weighted index of over two-dozen measures to identify the best American cities to live in. The communities on this list span the country from coast to coast but are disproportionately concentrated in the Midwest Though every city on this list is relatively small — home to fewer than 25,000 people — many are located within a major metropolitan area and are well within commuting distance of a large city. https://247wallst.com/special-report/2018/10/19/americas-50-best-cities-to-live-6/4/ (October 2018)

Phoenix Named a Top Running Destination

Runners World has ranked No. 4 of the top 5 best underrated cities to run and visit. Suggested running spot is South Mountain Park which includes 51 miles of trail through more than 16,000 mountain acres. https://www.runnersworld.com/races-places/g22003337/most-underrated-running-cities/ (August 2018)

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