Tucson is Tops

Arizona is Ranked for Business Success

Wallethub put Arizona at No.9 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://wallethub.com/edu/best-states-to-start-a-business/36934/ (July 2018)

Tucson Ranked 66th Most Educated City

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. 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 2018)

Tucson Among Best Cities 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. Tucson ranked 8th for best recreation. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-cities-for-recreation/5144/ (July 2018)

Tucson Among Best Cycling Cities

PeopleForBikes’ newest rankings has named Tucson (#6) among the best top 10 U.S. cities for bike riding. The ranking uses several sets of data to look at how many people are riding bikes in a city, how often they are riding and how safe the streets are. https://www.fastcompany.com/40567218/these-are-the-best-cities-for-biking-in-the-u-s (June 2018)

UA Law School Among Top for Affordability

A new Student Loan Hero study surveyed 116 law schools to find the top 20 that gives graduates a leg up on repaying student loans. University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law ranks 7 among the most affordable law schools. https://studentloanhero.com/featured/20-most-affordable-law-schools-avoid-student-debt/ (June 2018)

Tucson Best City for Staycations

WalletHub considered 36 key indicators in ranking the 150 largest U.S. cities. Tucson ranks No.30 among best cities for staycations. 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 2018)

Top 50 Colleges in the U.S. for Aspiring Entrepreneurs includes University of Arizona

UA is ranked 43rd for aspiring entrepreneurs and one of only two Arizona schools listed. The list of top schools was published by College Choice, an independent college rankings site. It was compiled using information from Crunchbase, a data set of startup activity; startup platform Angel List; and other public business-data sources. It also took into consideration factors such as proximity to major metropolitan entrepreneurial ecosystems. https://www.collegechoice.net/best-colleges-for-entrepreneurs/ (June 2018)

Best Cities to Live

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. Tucson came in #67 as the best place to live and #68 as the best place to retire. A sprawling metro that started small and expanded into the empty space around it drawing new residents with its low cost of living, nationally recognized university and impressive sunsets. https://realestate.usnews.com/places/arizona/tucson (May 2018)

UA Top for Research and Development

In the National Science Foundation’s latest Higher Educational Research and in the institution’s Higher Educational Research and Development (HERD) rankings, UA research expenditures placed 38th out of 876 ahead of University of Chicago and Boston University. https://ncsesdata.nsf.gov/profiles/site?method=rankingBySource&ds=herd (April 2018)

Tucson is Ranked a Happiest City

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. Tucson was ranked #131. https://wallethub.com/edu/happiest-places-to-live/32619/ (April 2018)

UA Named in Times Higher Education World University Rankings

The University of Arizona is ranked No. 161 in the annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2017-18. The list includes the best global universities and is the only international university performance tables to judge world class universities across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The top universities rankings employ 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available, which are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2018/world-ranking#!/page/0/length/25/name/Arizona/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats (April 2018)

Tucson No.5 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. According to GOBankingRates research, it costs $55,379 per year to live comfortably in Tucson, making it among the top 13 most affordable large cities in the U.S. https://www.gobankingrates.com/making-money/us-cities-live-comfortably-under-60k/#10 (April 2018)

Arizona Ranks High Among States with Best Economic Outlook for 2018

Arizona is 5th in the nation in a survey that ranked states with the best overall economic outlook for 2018. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conducted the survey, titled “Rich States, Poor States.” The data examined ranks the 2018 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/2018/04/2018-RSPS-State-Pages_Final.pdf (April 2018)

Arizona Schools Among America’s Most Challenging High Schools

Basis Oro Valley #4, Accelerated Elementary and Secondary schools #26 and University #36 made the list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools which ranks schools through an index formula that’s a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/local/high-school-challenge-2017/ (April 2018)

Ranked as Best Employer

Pima County ranked #413 in Forbes’ Best Employers in the Nation. Company employees were asked to rank their company “…on a scale of 0-10, How likely would you be to recommend your employer to someone else? How about other employers in your industry?” https://www.forbes.com/best-employers/list/#tab:rank (April 2018)

UA One of Top Universities in America

University of Arizona is ranked #74 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 over 500 public colleges and state universities. https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/top-public-universities/ (March 2018)

Top 100 Hospitals

Banner – University Medical Center South and Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix have been named to the nation’s “Top 100 Hospitals” 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, and 2018 is the first year either hospital has made the list. Banner University Medical Center South also earned the distinction as one of 13 “Everest Award” winners which are among the highest for overall improvement over 5 years. HonorHealth – Scottsdale Thompson also made “Top 100 Hospitals” list under the Small Community Hospital category.http://truvenhealth.com/Products/100-Top-Hospitals/Program-Info/100-Top-Hospitals/2018-Winners (March 2018)

UA Best College in Arizona

Located in Tucson, the University of Arizona (Top College No. 200) is a public research school founded in 1885 that emphasizes giving students real-world experiences in their area of study to better prepare them for the workforce. The university has well-regarded programs in the physical sciences and health. Last fall, UA became the first school in the U.S. to offer an undergraduate degree in law. It is home to the world’s largest institution devoted to documenting the history of modern North American photography. The UA campus is one of the greenest spaces in the state of Arizona with its own arboretum and biosphere. The school competes in NCAA Division I athletics and the school mascot is the Wildcat. https://www.forbes.com/pictures/lmh45mlii/arizona-university-of-a/#7ccb546668d6 (March 2018)

Tucson Best High Schools in the Nation

Nationally ranked Tucson high schools include: BASIS Oro Valley #3 and BASIS Tucson North #4. The U.S. News & World Report rankings include data on more than 22,000 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 (March 2018)

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

Site Selection put Arizona 8th in its 2017 rankings, while Area Development deemed Arizona 10th in the category of “Most Improved Economic Development Policies” and awarded the state its 2017 Gold Shovel Award as it predicts the continual “strong economic performance in high-tech and innovative industries”. http://www.areadevelopment.com/Top-States-for-Doing-Business/Q3-2017/georgia-ranked-top-state-by-site-selection-consultants.shtml (February 2018)

Tucson Ranked a Top Cycling City

Travel Channel has named Tucson as one of the Top 13 Cycling Cities in the U.S. Boasting more than 700 miles of designated bikeways. Tucson made the list because you can ride year-round without bundling up. https://www.travelchannel.com/interests/outdoors-and-adventure/photos/top-cycling-cities-in-the-us (February 2018)

Arizona 15th in Well-Being

The Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index is based on survey responses of residents and captures how they feel about their daily lives. The Index disaggregates across five dimensions: Purpose, Social, Financial, Community, and Physical. http://www.well-beingindex.com/2017-gswbi-state-rankings (February 2018)

UA Top U.S. Producer of Fulbright Scholars

University of Arizona was once again one of the top producer of students to win the prestigious Fulbright Award. UA has 13 students in U.S. Government’s flagship international educational exchange scholars for 2017-18. Over the past decade UA has produced 106 Fulbright winners among PhD-granting institutions. https://www.chronicle.com/article/Top-Producers-of-Fulbright/242557(February 2018)

UA Leads in Peace Corp Volunteers

The Peace Corp ranks UA No. 20 among large schools on the agency’s 2018 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list with 43 volunteering worldwide.http://files.peacecorps.gov/university-rankings/2018/topschools2018.pdf (February 2018)

Tops for Finding a Job in 2018

Tucson is #102 for finding a new job in 2018 according to WalletHub. To narrow down the Best Cities for finding a job in 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 Arizona cities that made the list where: Chandler #1, Scottsdale #2, Peoria #4, Gilbert #5, Tempe #20, Mesa #56, Phoenix #61, Glendale #81. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-cities-for-jobs/2173/ (January 2018)

Tucson Best City 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. Tucson is ranked #24. 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 2018)

Arizona Safest Cities

According to a recent ranking released by Safe Home, the Town of Oro Valley has been named 2017 Safest City in Arizona based on a population of at least 38,000. The Town ranks 25th percentile nationwide for safest cities. The City of Marana is ranked No. 9. Rankings are based primarily on FBI crime reports, US Census data and other statistical information. https://www.safehome.org/safest-cities/AZ/?utm_source=Oro+Valley+List&utm_campaign=bd3103ed8d-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_12_06&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b87a62e779-bd3103ed8d-253686745 (December 2017)

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. Tucson was ranked #21. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-cities-for-an-active-lifestyle/8817/ (December 2017)

Tucson Among Top Ten Most Caring Cities

The real estate website Movoto has named Tucson to its list of America’s 10 Most Caring Cities. Tucson received high marks for pet shelters, homeless services, counseling services, and the low crime rate. Outranked only by Atlanta and Austin, Tucson placed third on the real estate blog’s listing. https://www.elend.com/blog/movoto-names-10-most-caring-cities/ (November 2017)

Arizona Top Digital Cities

The center for Digital Government announced the winners of the 2017 Digital Cities Survey. In its 17th 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, the City of Tucson is #9.In the up to 75,000 population category, the Town of Marana #7 (tied) http://www.govtech.com/dc/digital-cities/Digital-Cities-Survey-2017-Winners-Announced.html (November 2017)

Arizona’s Three State Universities Best for Vets

Arizona State University ranked No.78, University of Arizona ranked No.51 and Northern Arizona University ranked No.47 among the top universities in the nation for military and veteran students according to Military Times. The publication released its 2018 list of the top 140 four-year universities. https://bestforvets.militarytimes.com/2018-11-20/colleges/4-year/ (November 2017)

UA Among Nation’s Top “Bicycle Friendly Universities”

UA has been named one of the most bike friendly universities in the country. UA was awarded the recognition in the Gold category. The League of American Bicyclists, an advocacy organization that protects and provides education on the rights and safety of bicyclists, aims to make the country more aware of the benefits of riding bicycles. Out of 182 universities UA was recognized by the organization and one of 20 to receive gold status. http://bikeleague.org/sites/default/files/BFU_Award_List_2017_ALL.pdf (November 2017)

Tucson Strikes Gold with Two Wheels

Tucson & East Pima Region was one of only 29 cities in the US that received the Gold or Platinum recognition by the League of American Bicyclists. The League of American Bicyclists ranked 430 communities from all 50 states, and of those communities, 29 were designated as gold-level and 5 as platinum-level. http://bikeleague.org/sites/default/files/BFC_Fall_2017_Master_List.pdf (November 2017)

Arizona a Best Place to Grow Old

Caring.com has recognized the 10 best places to grow old in 2017. Arizona is on the list at #6. The states that topped the list scored high for access to quality healthcare, availability of top-rated senior care, the cost of that care and overall quality of life in a given state.https://www.caring.com/articles/best-states-to-grow-old-2017 (November 2017)

University of Arizona Named Among Top Universities in the Country

UA placed 71st in Washington Monthly Magazine’s 2017 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/2017college-guide?ranking=2017-rankings-national-universities (October 2017)

UA Ranked Among Elite 100 World Universities

University of Arizona is in the top 0.3% (#75) ranking among the top elite world universities in the world in 2017. 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. http://cwur.org/2017.php (October 2017)

Arizona State Parks Brings Home the Gold

Arizona State Parks and Trails was named the “Best in the U.S.” and brought home the Gold Medal for Arizona. In May, Arizona was selected as one of the Final Four for the National Recreation and Park Association Gold Medal Award for the best managed state park system in the nation. Over the last two years, Arizona State Parks and Trails has established a self-sufficient funding structure, achieved record visitation and revenue and implemented a plan to reinvest in the system and create new parks. https://azstateparks.com/press/PR_9_26_17 (September 2017)

Tucson Among Most Fun Cities in the U.S.

According to WalletHub, Tucson is No. 26 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, No. 31, Tempe, No. 38 and Phoenix, No. 47. https://wallethub.com/edu/most-fun-cities-in-the-us/23455/ (September 2017)

Town of Oro Valley Receives Procurement Award

For the 10th consecutive year, Oro Valley has received the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute. The Town of Oro Valley is one of 14 agencies in the United States and Canada to receive the award. Additional Award recipients include: the City of Tucson, Pima County and Pima County Amphitheater Schools. 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 2017)

UA 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. The University of Arizona ranked 38 out of the 227 schools that submitted completed responses by the deadline. Each year, school administrators participate by going to stars.asshe.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. http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/cool-schools-2017/cool-schools-2017-full-ranking (September 2017)

UA Top 25 Online MBA Programs

For the second year in a row, the Princeton Review has named UA’s Eller College of Management (#19) one of the top 25 Online MBA programs in the nation. 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/online-mba/top-25-online-mba-programs (September 2017)

UA Recognized Nationally

Recognized by the Best Colleges 2018 edition of U.S. News & World Report, The University of Arizona was nationally ranked No.124 among all universities and No. 58 among public universities. https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/university-of-arizona-1083/overall-rankings (September 2017)

U.S. News Best College Rankings

  • #124 National Universities
  • #21 Business Programs
  • #10 Entrepreneurship
  • #3 Management Information Systems
  • #58 Top Public Schools
  • #90 (tie) High School Counselor Rankings
  • #78 (tie) Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #49 (tie) Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs
  • #102 Best Value Schools

U.S. News Best Grad School Rankings

  • #49 Best Business Schools
  • #4 Information Systems
  • #46 Part-time MBA
  • #57 (tie) Best Education Schools
  • #54 Best Engineering Schools
  • #48 Best Law Schools
  • #76 Best Medical Schools: Primary Care
  • #67 (tie) Best Medical Schools: Research
  • #26 Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • #41 (tie) Best Nursing Schools: Master’s
  • #9 Audiology
  • #38 Biological Sciences
  • #41 Chemistry
  • #9 Analytical
  • #31 Clinical Psychology
  • #40 Computer Science
  • #7 Earth Sciences
  • #3 Geology
  • #8 Geophysics and Seismology
  • #42 (tie) Economics
  • #77 English
  • #55 Fine Arts
  • #9 Photography
  • #63 History
  • #22 Library and Information Studies
  • #41 Math
  • #16 Pharmacy
  • #39 Physics
  • #9 Atomic / Molecular / Optical
  • #51 Political Science
  • #45 (tie) Psychology
  • #34 Public Affairs
  • #24 Public Management Administration
  • #25 Public Health
  • #6 Rehabilitation Counseling
  • #24 (tie) Sociology
  • #7 Speech-Language Pathology

U.S. News Best Online Programs Rankings

  • #8 (tie) Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs
  • #33 (tie) Best Online MBA Programs
  • #33 (tie) Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs
  • #49 (tie) Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
  • #56 (tie) Best Online Bachelors Program
  • #180 (tie) Best Online Graduate Education Programs

U.S. News Best Global University Rankings

  • #73 Best Global Universities
  • #105 Agricultural Sciences
  • #33 Arts and Humanities
  • #161 (tie) Biology and Biochemistry
  • #343 Chemistry
  • #200 Computer Science
  • #176 (tie) Clinical Medicine
  • #91 (tie) Economics and Business
  • #217 (tie) Engineering
  • #40 Environment/Ecology
  • #34 Geosciences
  • #120 Microbiology
  • #130 (tie) Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • #100 Neuroscience and Behavior
  • #137 Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • #121 (tie) Physics
  • #25 (tie) Plant and Animal Science
  • #72 Psychiatry/Psychology
  • #71 (tie) Social Sciences and Public Health
  • #7 Space Science

Tucson Ranked Top Running City

Tucson is ranked as #18 among the best 50 cities for running by Runners World. Tucson has views as you run through the trails in the Catalina Mountains, or trails in Sabino Canyon, touting some of the best sky-scapes in the West. http://www.runnersworld.com/where-to-run/the-50-best-running-cities/slide/49 (September 2017)

Tucson is One of 10 Best Cities for Return on Salary

CareerCast.com has named Tucson as one of the best cities in the U.S which offers the best return on salary. In order to determine the top 10, CareerCast.com cross referenced the salaries of 200 careers tracked by their Jobs Rated report and measured the average cost of living in each city. The top ten cities on the list all have below average cost of living expenses and each rank in highly paid Jobs Related careers. http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/10-best-cities-return-salary (August 2017)

Hospitals Ranked Among Nation’s Best

According to U.S. News & World Report, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson received National Rankings as #38 in Gynecology, #42 in Pulmonary Care, #46 in Geriatrics, #48 in Cancer and High Performing in 4 Specialties (Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery). The publication also rated Banner – University Medical Center as the best hospital in Southeastern Arizona, and the No. 2 hospital in Arizona, tied with Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, its sister hospital. U.S. News evaluated nearly 4,500 medical centers and hospitals nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures, and conditions. http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings (August 2017)

UA Among Top 382 Colleges

The Princeton Review again has named 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 382 schools. Instead, it assigns scores ranging from a low of 60 to a high of 99 in a variety of categories. The UA excelled in campus sustainability or “green” initiative (94), fire safety (91), and quality of life (88). UA also received to high marks in admissions (82), financial aid rating (78) and overall academics (74). In select categories, UA placed 2nd in Best Health Services and 14th in Students Pack in the Stadium. https://www.princetonreview.com/schools/1023720/college/university-arizona (August 2017)

Best Real Estate Markets

Tucson is ranked as the #158 best real estate market in the U.S. according to WalletHub. 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 2017)

Top Research Universities

The University of Arizona is ranked 99th among the top 150 research schools in the world, according to an academic rating that measures faculty achievements such as publication in highly rated journals. The annual Academic Ranking of World Universities rates research universities on academic “output” factors. This includes the number of articles faculty members publish in journals such as Science and Nature and the number of alumni and staff who have won Nobel Prize. http://www.shanghairanking.com/ARWU2017.html (August 2017)

Arizona Among Best States for Community Colleges

Tohono O’Odham #54 and Pima Community College #295 ranked among the top community colleges in the U.S. by the personal finance website, WalletHub, which analyzed 728 colleges overall. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-community-colleges/15076/ (August 2017)

Top Pet-Friendly Cities

Tucson #16 ranked among a list 100 of the top pet-friendly cities in America. For analysis WalletHub evaluated each city based on 19 factors then ranked the cities. Those factors range from various pet-care costs to the number of pet-friendly restaurants and businesses that cater to pets. https://wallethub.com/edu/most-pet-friendly-cities/5562/ (August 2017)

UA Gets Gold for Sustainability

The University of Arizona has been recognized for its sustainability efforts earning a STARS Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. STARS addresses areas of sustainability not only in matters of environmental issues but also areas related to campus engagement, innovation, and leadership in regards to sustainability, investment, and diversity. The UA scored 66.35 overall performing best in the category of academics, which includes curriculum and research.https://stars.aashe.org/institutions/participants-and-reports/ (July 2017)

Best Hospitals in Arizona

According to U.S. News & World Report, Mayo Clinic ranks #1, Banner University Medical Center Phoenix ranks #2, Banner University Medical Center Tucson ranks #3 and Banner Estrella Medical Center ranks #4 in Arizona. 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 154 hospitals were nationally ranked in one or more specialties http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/az (July 2017)

Tucson Digital City

CIO has named the city of Tucson as one of the best cities for digital nomads. According to Web World Travel, a digital nomad is someone who uses technology to earn a living and go about their daily activities, no matter where they are. Tucson has made the list as a stand out when it comes to accommodating digital nomads particularly with interests in aviation, aerospace, healthcare, technology and defense. http://www.citi.io/2017/06/26/here-are-the-best-cities-for-digital-nomads-in-2017/ (July 2017)

Tucson Top 10 U.S. City for Dogs and their Owners

UpNest.com has ranked a list of the top 10 U.S. cities for dogs and their owners. Tucson came in No. 6, recognized as the perfect place for the budget-friendly dog owner to settle down and enjoy that famous desert clarity and have your dog explore to their hearts content. https://www.upnest.com/1/post/top-10-cities-for-dogs/ (July 2017)

UA Best College for Your Money

Money has ranked a list of the best colleges that combine educational quality, affordability, and alumni success. Arizona State University is #162 and University of Arizona came in #325 of the more than 700 best performing colleges that were analyzed. http://new.money.com/money/best-colleges/rankings/best-colleges/ (July 2017)

Top City for Best Drivers

Tucson ranks 23rd on America’s 2017 best drivers report. 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/tools-and-resources/americas-best-drivers.aspx (June 2017)

UA 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 2017 edition of its’ annual World Reputation Rankings. UA which appears in the 91-100 range is among 42 colleges and universities from the U.S. to claim the award.https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2017/reputation-ranking#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats (June 2017)

Tucson Ranks 5th for Air Quality

In 2016, the Tucson Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) ranked fifth (tie) out of the 12 MSAs in the percentage of good air quality days. Tucson air quality was rated “good” 54.9% of the time, while Portland ranked first with 82.0%. Tucson had 98.9% of days classified as good or moderate, 1.1% ranked unhealthy for sensitive groups and 0% very unhealthy. http://mapazdashboard.arizona.edu/quality-place/air-quality (June 2017)

AZ Cities Receive “Tree City USA” Recognition

Twenty-nine Arizona cities made the list. Some of those included are: Town of Marana and Tucson received recognition as “Tree City USA” in honor of Arbor Day. https://www.arborday.org/programs/treecityusa/treecities.cfm?chosenstate=Arizona (June 2017)

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. In 2016, Oro Valley has received the SolSmart Silver award and Maricopa County is a SolSmart Bronze designee. http://www.gosparc.org/solsmart-designees/ (June 2017)

AZ Cities Popular Places to Live

Business Insider along with Realtor.com recently conducted a study to find the top 10 U.S. cities on people’s “must-move-to” list. Realtor.com looked at three data sources: migration ratio (people moving in verses leaving), view’s ratio (metro verses metro elsewhere), and growth ratio (population metro had grown based on census). Phoenix ranked #6 and Tucson came in at #9. http://www.businessinsider.com/most-popular-cities-to-live-2017-6/#3-las-vegas-nevada-8 (June 2017)

Tucson No. 2 Best Small City

Resonance Consulting teamed up with National Geographic to find the Best American Cities, a ranking of the 50 Best Large American Cities as well as the 50 Best Small American Cities. 27 factors were considered in six categories using a combination of core statistics and online rankings and reviews. Tucson was named the #2 Best Smallest City overall and is ranked in six smaller categories: #1 in product (local institutions and attractions), #2 in program (food, culture and nightlife), and #3 in promotion (amount of news coverage and quality of online reviews). http://www.crossroadstoday.com/story/35671828/resonance-consultancy-announces-americas-best-cities (June 2017)

Arizona Gains in Solar Power

Arizona’s solar market is the fastest growing in the country during the first quarter of 2017, expanding more than 5 percent according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report. Adding 168 megawatts, Arizona ranked #3 in the U.S., behind California and North Carolina, respectfully. Arizona ranked 7th in 2016 with solar installations and 5th in 2015. 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. http://www.seia.org/research-resources/solar-market-insight-report-2017-q2#overlay-context= (June 2017)

Arizona’s Most Beautiful Places in America

The BuzzFeed Community was asked to name their favorite beautiful places in America. Of the top 38, two Arizona places made the list. The Sonoran Desert was ranked #16 with Grand Canyon National Park came in at #32. https://www.buzzfeed.com/whitneyjefferson/america-the-beautiful?utm_term=.lfKeJz8kd#.hcG5wn68p (May 2017)

UA Earns 2016 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 (May 2017)

UA is a Leader in Work-Life Integration

The WorldatWork Alliance has awarded the UA its Work-Life Progress 2017 Seal of Distinction. This distinction is awarded to employers in both the private and public sectors that support employees across all major aspects of work-life integration. This is the fifth year the UA has been identified as a leadership model for its work-life practices. The UA has received the distinction every year since the honor’s inception in 2012. https://www.worldatwork.org/docs/worldatworkpressreleases/2017/01-jan/worldatwork-announces-recipients-of-2017-seal-of-distinction.html (February 2017)

25 Great Colleges for Good Science Students

The University of Arizona is among the colleges that made the list. Money Magazine has scoured the data to find 25 great accessible colleges for aspiring scientists and engineers. All these schools accept more than two-thirds of their applicants and have good graduation rates. According to PatScale.com, recent alumni who majored in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) earn on average, more than $50,000 a year. http://time.com/money/4203233/great-science-colleges-for-good-students/ (February 2017)

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