Tucson Is Tops

Tucson Electric Power Maintains Top-Tier Reliability for Over a Decade

Tucson Electric Power (TEP) has consistently ranked among the top-tier electric service providers in the U.S. for reliability over the past 11 years, with its average customer experiencing only 62 minutes of service interruption in 2022, compared to the national average of over 100 minutes. In 2023, TEP invested over $258 million to maintain and enhance its energy grid, employing rigorous maintenance practices, seasonal planning, and preventive measures. Committed to sustainability, TEP aims for net zero direct greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, leveraging solar, wind, and battery storage technologies. https://biztucson.com/tucson-electric-power-posts-top-tier-reliability-for-11-consecutive-years/ (June 2024)

Arizona Tops for Staycations

With the high cost of travel, many Americans are opting for staycations. WalletHub ranks Tucson and Scottsdale Arizona among the top 15 cities for a budget-friendly and enjoyable local retreat. Tucson is positioned at #10 and Scottsdale is at #12. Both offer a variety of recreational activities, dining options, and relaxation spots that make them ideal for staycations. These cities provide an array of parks, museums, and affordable restaurants, allowing residents to enjoy their time off without the added expense of long-distance travel and accommodations. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-cities-for-staycations/4341 (June 2024)

Arizona Wins Fourth Consecutive Gold Shovel Award

Arizona has been awarded its fourth consecutive Gold Shovel by Area Development magazine, recognizing the state’s achievements in job creation, economic growth, and innovation. This prestigious award highlights significant investments and projects that will add over 7,000 jobs and nearly $8 billion in capital. Key projects include LG Energy Solution’s $5.5 billion battery manufacturing facility in Queen Creek and Amkor Technology’s $2 billion semiconductor packaging facility in Peoria. These developments are part of Arizona’s ongoing success in attracting high-tech industries and promoting economic development. The state has now received a total of six Gold Shovels and six Silver Shovels since 2007, reflecting its consistent growth and investment in infrastructure and technology. https://ktar.com/story/5577876/arizona-wins-4th-consecutive-gold-shovel-award-for-economic-development/ (June 2024)

Two Tucson Hospitals Honored for Excellence in Equitable Healthcare Access

Two Tucson hospitals have been recognized among the Best Regional Hospitals for Equitable Access by the U.S. News & World Report. Banner-University Medical Center Tucson, and TMC Healthcare-Tucson were highlighted for their excellence in providing care to historically underserved communities. This recognition was part of an event in Washington, D.C., focused on equity in healthcare. The U.S. News analysis identified hospitals that excel in serving socioeconomically disadvantaged and minority populations, with Arizona being one of the few states to have three hospitals total on the list. This highlights Arizona’s commitment to improving healthcare access and quality for vulnerable populations. https://www.usnews.com/preview/usnews-share-view?previewId=0000018f-e92f-d6dd-a3cf-f9ef26b30000 (June 2024)

University of Arizona Ranked Among Top 100 Universities Worldwide

The University of Arizona (UArizona) has been ranked #93 globally, #48 among U.S. institutions, and #26 among public colleges and universities in the 2024 Center for World University Rankings. This places UArizona in the top 0.5% of nearly 21,000 universities worldwide. The ranking highlights the university’s quality of faculty, who have received numerous major academic distinctions, contributing to its #69 ranking in this category. UArizona President Robert C. Robbins praised the recognition, emphasizing the university’s commitment to groundbreaking research. The university achieved an overall score of 82.2 out of 100, with strong performance in faculty quality and research. https://cwur.org/2024.php?utm_source=trellis&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20University%20of%20Arizona%20is%20ranked%20No.%2048%20among%20U.S.%20institutions%20and%20No.%2026%20among%20public%20colleges%20and%20universities. (May 2024)

Arizona’s Bioscience Boom

Inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic, former MIT engineer Oleg Gusyatin co-founded Macula Vision Systems in 2021 to develop an AI-assisted microscope for automating clinical lab analysis. This innovation won accolades from the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Flinn Foundation. Arizona’s bioscience sector, bolstered by leading health care and educational institutions, contributes significantly to the state economy, with a $71.2 billion gross state product and nearly 714,000 jobs. Recent advancements include new medical schools and Mayo Clinic’s Discovery Oasis project. The sector’s growth is driven by long-term strategic efforts like the Flinn Foundation’s Bioscience Roadmap. Gusyatin credits the Arizona Commerce Authority for providing crucial support and feedback, highlighting Arizona’s nurturing environment for bioscience innovation. https://www.azcommerce.com/industries/bioscience-health-care (May 2024)

Tucson Shines in 2024 U.S. News & World Report High School Rankings

Arizona shines in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report rankings for public high schools. Tucson ranked at #33 among the country’s 100 best and #4 in Arizona. Jake Logan, from the Arizona Charter Schools Association, praised Arizona’s exceptional educators and school leaders for this achievement. BASIS charter network led with 10 schools in the Top 100, while public charter schools dominated Arizona’s Top 50 list. The rankings consider various factors, such as graduation rates, curriculum, test scores, and college readiness. https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/rankings-overview (April 2024)

University of Arizona Shines in Global Academic Rankings

The University of Arizona has garnered recognition as a global leader in over thirty academic fields, according to the 2024 QS World University Rankings by Subject. Released by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), these rankings assess over 16,000 programs across 1,500 universities worldwide. UArizona earned rankings in 37 categories, excelling particularly in disciplines like Archaeology, Geology, and Earth Sciences. President Robert C. Robbins expressed pride in the university’s commitment to cutting-edge education and research. Additionally, UArizona’s Illustration, Design, and Animation program was ranked highly by Animation Career Review, reflecting its academic reputation and program quality. https://www.topuniversities.com/subject-rankings (April 2024)

Tucson a Top Travel Destination for 2024

Outdoor Magazine has named Tucson as one of the best places to travel in 2024. The magazine highlighted the recent certification of Saguaro National Park as one of nine Urban Night Sky Places worldwide, along with the reopening of Kitt Peak National Observatory offering overnight observation programs. Tucson’s trail system has expanded, providing access to previously private areas of the Chihuahuan Desert. Adventure seekers can explore the city’s extensive biking routes, including the 137-mile Chuck Huckelberry Loop, and numerous singletrack options. Hikers can enjoy new trails in areas like Texas Canyon Nature Preserve, and events like the Colossal Vail 50/50 ultra race offer unique experiences for runners, with a focus on Indigenous participation. https://biztucson.com/outdoor-magazine-lists-tucson-among-best-places-to-travel-in-2024/ (April 2024)

The Desert Museum Among Finalists for 2024 National Medal

The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently unveiled the finalists for the prestigious 2024 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. This award recognizes outstanding museums and libraries that excel in serving their communities. The Desert Museum is one of the top 15 museum finalists in the country, acclaimed for its exceptional service and innovative approaches to public engagement. https://www.imls.gov/our-work/national-medals/2024-national-medal-museum-and-library-service (March 2024)

Arizona Shines in Senior Living

Seniorly’s 2024 Best of Senior Living Awards highlights Arizona’s notable presence, ranking #5 in the nation with 15 award-winning senior living facilities. The Hacienda At The Canyon in Tucson, AZ stands out with a 5-star review under the “Best of 2024” category. The awards, based on 500,000 online reviews across 60,000 facilities, consider factors like cleanliness, dining services, staff ratings, value, care services, and resident satisfaction. Facilities must rank in the top two percent of consumer sentiment ratings, maintain a clean licensing record, and avoid negative media coverage to qualify. Arizona’s recognition underscores its commitment to providing high-quality senior living options amidst nationwide acclaim. https://web.seniorly.com/company/best-of-senior-living-awards-2024 (March 2024)

Tucson Excels in National Rankings

A survey by The Stock Dork produced a ‘City Confidence Index’, listing the top 10 cities investors would most want to invest in. Among them, Tucson, Arizona at #9, stands out for its blend of education, aerospace, defense, and technology sectors, coupled with an affordable cost of living and cultural richness. https://biztucson.com/tucson-ranked-by-investors-as-a-growth-frontier/ (March 2024)

Tucson Botanical Gardens Nominated for USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards

The Tucson Botanical Gardens has been nominated for the USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Botanical Garden. The gardens were selected by a panel of experts, including editors from USA TODAY and other relevant contributors. Tucson Botanical Gardens is one of 20 nominees in the category. https://biztucson.com/tucson-botanical-gardens-earns-nomination-for-usa-today-10best-readers-choice-awards/ (February 2024)

Tucson, Arizona: America’s Best Mexican Food Destination

Tucson, Arizona has earned the title of America’s Best Mexican Food destination, surpassing its culinary reputation with UNESCO recognition as a City of Gastronomy and a vibrant local food scene. According to America’s Best Mexican Food, with the highest concentration of Mexican restaurants in the nation, Tucson offers a self-guided food trail curated by Visit Tucson, celebrating its rich Mexican heritage and authentic Sonoran cuisine. Sonoran Mexican food, influenced by the region’s high desert climate and historical background, features meat-centric dishes and flour tortillas, reflecting a blend of Mexican and American Southwest flavors. Tucson’s deep-rooted Mexican history, stemming from its past as part of Sonora, Mexico, contributes to its diverse and community-driven culinary landscape, making it a must-visit destination for Mexican food enthusiasts. https://thetakeout.com/best-mexican-food-tucson-az-restaurants-cafes-bakeries-1851222579 (February 2024)

Arizona Ranks 6th in Attracting Educated Professionals

Arizona ranks #6 in net domestic migration of individuals with a bachelor’s degree or higher, indicating its success in attracting educated professionals. This influx of highly skilled workers not only fuels innovation but also drives economic growth in the state. The data from the American Community Survey (ACS) highlights Arizona’s competitive edge in attracting and retaining top-tier talent, contributing to its global marketplace competitiveness. Despite variations in migration patterns across education levels, Arizona’s ability to attract educated individuals underscores its dynamic socio-economic landscape. https://azbigmedia.com/business/arizona-ranks-6th-among-states-for-attracting-educated-people/ (February 2024)

Tucson, Arizona Ranks High in Best Cities for an Active Lifestyle

Tucson, Arizona, holds the 26th spot in WalletHub’s ranking of the “Best Cities for an Active Lifestyle in 2024.” This assessment is based on 35 key indicators, ranging from the average monthly fitness-club fee to the city’s bike score and the share of physically inactive adults. While Tucson scores well in certain aspects, such as ranking #23 in availability of playgrounds, and #47 in sports clubs and swimming pools, it is essential to note that the city is continually striving to promote physical activity. The local environment, with its proximity to natural hiking trails, contributes positively to an active lifestyle. Residents are encouraged to explore various activities, be it hiking, dancing, swimming, or engaging in sports, fostering a community that values health and well-being. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-cities-for-an-active-lifestyle/8817 (January 2024)

Arizona, a Top-Ranked Family Friendly City in the West

Dwellics takes a tailored approach to pinpoint family-friendly cities in the West, surpassing generic rankings with an assessment of over 100 metrics tailored to individual family needs. The rankings focused on specific priorities such as schools, affordability, family-centric activities, and community atmosphere. The subsequent ranking of the “Top 100 Locations for Raising a Family in the West in 2024” has Vail at #5 and Catalina Foothills at #6 in Arizona. Key factors like education, community, and climate are highlighted in each place. https://dwellics.com/cities-rankings/best-places-raise-family-west (January 2024)

Tucson Tops Yelp’s 2024 List of Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S.

Yelp has unveiled its 11th annual list of the Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S., and this year, Tumerico in Tucson claims the coveted #1 spot. Known for its inventive vegetarian Latin food, Chef and Owner Wendy Garcia’s restaurant offers a unique culinary experience with a daily-changing chalkboard menu featuring seasonal delights. Yelp’s list, generated from community submissions and data analysis, reflects diverse culinary preferences, with a notable representation of Asian, Asian Fusion, and Southeast Asian restaurants. https://www.yelp.com/article/top-100-us-restaurants-2024 (January 2024)

University of Arizona Ranks Top 20 in National Research Activity

The University of Arizona maintains its position among the top 20 public research universities in the U.S., achieving a total research activity of $824 million in fiscal year 2022, a $54 million increase from the previous year. The university is ranked #1 in astronomy and astrophysics expenditures, a position held since 1987. The NSF’s Higher Education Research and Development survey places UArizona at #20 among public institutions and #37 overall, reflecting its dedication to impactful research and innovation. The university also ranks #3 in schools with high Hispanic enrollment, #6 in NASA-funded activity, and #7 in the physical sciences. https://news.arizona.edu/story/uarizona-again-ranks-no-1-astronomy-and-astrophysics-top-20-among-public-research-universities?utm_source=uanow&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign= (December 2023)

Arizona Top for Winter Hiking

Hiking has become the most popular outdoor activity in the U.S., boasting a population of approximately 59.6 million hikers. Viator recently ranked the best states for winter hiking, with Arizona claiming the top spot. The analysis considered factors such as the number of trails, temperature, precipitation, and trail ratings. New Mexico and California secured the second and third positions, respectively. https://www.viator.com/blog/best-states-for-hiking/l99275 (December 2023)

University of Arizona Film School #24 Out Of Top 50

The University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television has achieved its highest ranking in six years, securing the 24th spot in The Wrap’s Top 50 Film Schools list, maintaining its sixth position among public film schools nationwide. The ranking considers various factors such as class size, diversity, scholarships, networking opportunities, and faculty and alumni success. The school celebrated significant achievements, including a Peabody Award for the documentary “Missing in Brooks County” and a 25th-anniversary commemoration of Matthew Shepard’s death. Notable alumni and faculty, internships, and successful partnerships contribute to the school’s strong standing in the film industry, fostering student success and recognition at prestigious film festivals. https://biztucson.com/uarizona-school-of-theatre-film-television-among-top-25-in-u-s/ (November 2023)

Tucson’s Barrio Viejo Neighborhood Featured in Condé Nast Traveler’s Best Places to Go in 2024

Tucson’s Barrio Viejo neighborhood has gained recognition in Condé Nast Traveler’s Best Places to Go in 2024, adding to the city’s recent acclaim in prestigious travel publications. Tucson, featured in The New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2023 and Time Magazine’s World’s Greatest Places 2023, is one of only 12 destinations in North America and the Caribbean selected for Condé Nast Traveler’s esteemed list. Visit Tucson’s efforts to spotlight the city have proven successful, with the downtown Barrio Viejo neighborhood highlighted for its historic significance, including the El Tiradito Wishing Shrine. This recognition comes as the neighborhood, over 170 years old, undergoes a renaissance, restoring historic structures and witnessing the expansion of businesses like The Coronet and Etherton Gallery. https://www.cntraveler.com/story/best-places-to-go-in-north-america-and-the-caribbean-2024 (November 2023)

University of Arizona Breaks Into Top 50 Green Colleges

The University of Arizona has earned recognition in The Princeton Review’s 2024 Guide to Green Colleges, ranking #50 among the top environmentally conscious schools in the U.S. This is the first time UArizona has entered the Top 50 Green Colleges list, which acknowledges institutions making outstanding commitments to sustainability in various aspects, including academics, campus life, and initiatives. President Robert C. Robbins expressed pride in the university’s dedication to science-based solutions for environmental challenges and creating a sustainable campus environment. The Princeton Review evaluates schools based on campus quality of life, environmental policies, and preparation for clean-energy careers. UArizona is ranked 17th among Research institutions. The university is actively engaged in sustainability initiatives, including composting programs, renewable energy sourcing, and the development of a comprehensive Sustainability and Climate Action Plan. https://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings/green-guide (November 2023)

The University of Arizona Excels in Global Water Resources

The University of Arizona has achieved a notable recognition in the field of water resources, securing the #2 spot in the U.S. and #8 globally in Shanghai Rankings 2023 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. UArizona also garnered a high U.S. ranking of #4 in geography and has consistently ranked among the top 10 globally in water resources since 2017. This acknowledgment underscores the university’s long-standing commitment to water-related research and its potential to address critical global challenges in water security, sustainability, and climate resilience. https://news.arizona.edu/story/uarizona-earns-seventh-top-10-global-ranking-water-resources?utm_source=uanow&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign= (October 2023)

Arizona Ranks 25th for Tech Startups Amid AI Boom

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

Future Ready Cities: Tucson and Phoenix

In a ranking of the most future-ready cities by Point2 in the United States, Phoenix, AZ is positioned at #31, and Tucson, AZ is ranked at #33 out of 100 rankings. The cities were evaluated across various categories, including Business & Technology, Internet Connectivity, Environment & Sustainability, Transit & Mobility, and Economy & Demographics, to determine their future readiness. https://www.point2homes.com/news/research/future-ready-us-cities-100-largest-ranked.html#Americas_Most_FutureReady (October 2023)

Top Colleges and Universities in Arizona

WalletHub’s 2024 Best College & University Rankings report assesses over 800 U.S. higher-education institutions using 30 criteria across seven categories. Arizona has produced 3 top colleges, which are The University of Arizona, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott, and Arizona Christian University. Each excels in specific areas, such as graduation rate, admission rate, and student-faculty ratio. These rankings aim to help prospective college students make informed decisions. https://wallethub.com/edu/e/college-rankings/40750 (October 2023)

Tucson is Tops in Air Quality

Tucson boasts some of the best air quality among major western cities at #4. Compiled by the Making Action Possible for Southern Arizona (MAP) project at the University of Arizona, the data indicates that in 2022, Tucson enjoyed “good” air quality nearly 52 percent of the time, with moderate to good air quality more than 96 percent of the time. This marks a significant increase of nearly 40 percent in good air quality days compared to the previous year, likely due to reduced wildfire activity and dust storms during the summer. https://www.azpm.org/p/headlines/2023/9/11/217421-tucson-air-quality-among-the-best-in-the-west/ (September 2023)

Arizona Dominates Golf Rankings

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

Arizona Ranks 10th Most Diverse State in 2023

Arizona has been ranked the 10th most diverse state in the United States for 2023, according to a report by WalletHub. This ranking is based on an analysis of six key diversity categories, including socio-economic, cultural, economic, household, religious, and political diversity. Arizona performed well in areas such as linguistic diversity (8th), birthplace diversity (3rd), and racial and ethnic diversity (11th). The report highlights the increasing diversity in the United States, with projections indicating a future where there is no single ethnic majority by 2045. https://wallethub.com/edu/most-least-diverse-states-in-america/38262 (September 2023)

Tucson, Phoenix, and Mesa Top Cities for Seniors

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

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

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

Arizona’s Charter Schools Shine

Arizona is home to three of the five best charter schools in the United States, according to the 2023-2024 Best High Schools rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The schools are BASIS with Oro Valley in the #5 spot. The other two BASIS rankings are Peoria at #2 and Scottsdale at #4. These rankings evaluate nearly 18,000 public high schools across the nation, considering factors like graduation rates, college readiness, curriculum breadth, and performance on state assessments. The highest-ranked schools excel in these areas, with a focus on underserved student performance and diversity. https://azbigmedia.com/business/education-news/arizona-has-3-of-the-5-best-charter-schools-in-the-u-s/ (September 2023)

Arizona Cities Excel in Income Growth Analysis

Tucson stands out in SmartAsset’s analysis of income growth among 124 major U.S. cities. Tucson secures an impressive 18th position in terms of income growth, showcasing positive economic trends in the region. This contrasts with cities like New York and San Francisco, which experienced income losses during the same period. The analysis underscores Tucson’s notable performance and highlights the city’s potential for economic growth within the national landscape. https://smartasset.com/data-studies/where-income-increased-most-2023 (August 2023)

University of Arizona named a “Best College”

The University of Arizona has once again been recognized by The Princeton Review in its list of America’s best universities. In The Best 389 Colleges: 2024 Edition, the university received high ratings in areas such as fire safety (98), sustainability (95), and quality of life (86), with all ratings based on a scale of 60 to 99. UArizona also performed well in admissions (85), financial aid (81), and academics (77). The university earned additional rankings in categories such as intramural sports participation (No. 5), health services (No. 12), student government activity (No. 25), and entrepreneurship (No. 45, No. 8 in the Southwest). The recognition reflects the university’s diverse academic opportunities, campus life, and positive feedback from students. The rankings are based on data collected from college administrators and surveys of 165,000 students at the listed schools. https://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings/best-colleges (August 2023)

Banner University Medical Center Recognized Among Top Socially Responsible Hospitals

Banner University Medical Center South Campus has achieved recognition as one of the most socially responsible hospitals in the United States. The Lown Institute evaluated over 3,600 hospitals and identified Banner University Medical Center South as one of only 54 nationwide to receive “A” grades in Health Equity, Value, and Patient Outcomes, placing it 24th overall in the nation. In the state of Arizona, Banner University Medicine academic medical centers in Tucson stood out, with Banner University Medical Center South ranking first and Banner University Medical Center Tucson ranking second. The Lown Institute, an independent healthcare think tank, assessed various aspects of social responsibility, including community benefit, racial inclusivity, and avoiding overuse, utilizing data from sources such as Medicare claims and CMS patient safety data. This achievement underscores their commitment to social responsibility in healthcare. https://biztucson.com/banner-university-medical-center-south-earns-lown-national-honor-roll-status/ (August 2023)

Pima Community College Tops Forbes List as Arizona’s Best College Employer

Pima Community College has been recognized as the top college employer in Arizona according to Forbes’ annual list of Best Employers to Work For in the state. This prestigious ranking was based on a survey of over 70,000 employees from companies with at least 500 employees. PCC not only claimed the number one spot among colleges but also secured the 11th position overall in the state, surpassing prominent private companies like Southwest Airlines, USAA, and Boeing, as well as well-known public employers such as the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Arizona Public Service. PCC’s Interim Chancellor, Dolores Durán-Cerda, attributed this achievement to their commitment to fair compensation, excellent benefits, and development opportunities for all employees, fostering a caring environment for both employees and students. https://www.forbes.com/lists/best-employers-by-state/?sh=7ea331001983 (August 2023)

Tucson #1 Dog Friendly City

Tucson, Arizona has been named the top dog-friendly city in 2023 according to hepper. Rankings are assessed by various factors influencing the dog and dog owner experience. The city boasts an abundance of hiking trails suitable for dogs on leashes, making it an excellent place for dog owners. Tucson offers over 250 dog-friendly establishments where you can dine, drink, and socialize with your furry friend. Travelers will also find numerous dog-friendly hotels that don’t charge pet fees, particularly welcoming to multiple pets and large breed dogs. Leash laws are straightforward, requiring dogs to be contained on properties and leashed when off of them, while licensing fees remain affordable. The city’s biggest draw is its beautiful weather, featuring over 350 days of sunshine each year. https://www.hepper.com/most-dog-friendly-cities-us/ (August 2023)

Best Real Estate Markets

To determine the best real estate markets in the U.S., WalletHub analyzed 300 cities across 17 key indicators, including median home-price appreciation and job growth. In this ranking, Gilbert, Arizona stands out as one of the top markets for housing, securing the 10th position. Other Arizona cities also making appearances are Tempe at 25th place, Peoria at 15th place, Surprise at 21st place, Phoenix at 38th place, and Tucson at 124th place. These rankings consider various factors affecting housing-market attractiveness and economic strength, which can be essential for both real estate professionals and potential homebuyers. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-real-estate-markets/14889 (August 2023)

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

States vary in their ability to provide personalized enjoyment, leading some individuals to consider relocating for a better lifestyle. Certain states prioritize fun as an integral part of life, catering to diverse preferences for entertainment. WalletHub conducted a comprehensive comparison of all 50 states, analyzing 26 key indicators that encompass a range of enjoyable activities, ensuring affordability. These indicators span from movie expenses and access to national parks to the density of nightlife options per capita. Arizona comes in at #11 with a nightlife score of 23. https://wallethub.com/edu/most-fun-states/34665 (July 2023)

Tucson Ranks 13th in Emerging North American Tech-Talent Markets

Tucson ranks 13th on CBRE’s list of emerging North American tech-talent markets in the annual Scoring Tech Talent report, which evaluates 75 U.S. and Canadian markets based on their ability to attract and cultivate tech talent. Over the past five years, Tucson has experienced a 3% increase in local tech employment and a 13% rise in tech wages. The report highlights various emerging tech hubs across North America, including cities like Huntsville, Providence, and Albuquerque, as well as three Canadian cities. Tucson’s appeal is attributed to factors such as the University of Arizona, aerospace and advanced manufacturing sectors, affordable cost of living, and rising tech wages. Tucson’s specific tech talent statistics further underline its positive trajectory in terms of employment, wages, and degree graduates. https://biztucson.com/cbre-tucson-a-top-city-for-tech-talent-growth/ (July 2023)

University of Arizona Shines as a Top Performer Worldwide

In the 2023 global rankings from EduRank, the University of Arizona holds the 36th position worldwide and the 30th spot in the United States. It ranks 1st in Arizona and Tucson. The university is acclaimed for its strong performance across various research topics, securing a place in the top 100 for 181 areas. Its ranking is determined by factors like research output, non-academic reputation, and notable alumni impact. The university excels in fields like Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Medicine, Environmental Science, Computer Science, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Psychology, and Mathematics. https://edurank.org/uni/university-of-arizona/rankings/ (July 2023)

Arizona Shines in 2023 Sustainability Rankings

Arizona has earned recognition for their dedication to sustainability and environmental enhancement, with Site Selection Magazine’s 2023 Annual Sustainability Rankings positioning it as fifth nationally and first in the Mountain Region. The rankings were based on various factors like LEED-certified buildings, renewable energy capacity, eco-friendly initiatives, energy-efficient structures, green regulations, solar job data, and corporate social responsibility rankings. https://azbigmedia.com/business/greater-phoenix-ranks-among-top-10-in-u-s-for-sustainability/ (July 2023)

 

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