Tucson is Tops

Arizona Among Best States for Dogs

Arizona was ranked #3 out of 10 of the best states to live for dogs. To find where the best place to live for a dog, a number of organizations and companies including security system Safewise, Bureau of Labor, online pet resources and Anima Legal Defense Fund – pulled data to determine were pups have it made. The findings are based on strictest anti-cruelty laws, highest percentage of no-kill shelters, most pet-friendly hotels and parks among other factors.https://www.thisdogslife.co/the-10-best-states-to-be-a-dog/ (April 2019)

Arizona 20 Safest Cities in 2019

To determine the safest cities in Arizona, SafeWise.com reviewed 2017 FBI crime report statistics and population data. Rankings are based on the number of violent crimes in each city. Oro Valley was ranked as #1, Gilbert #4, Town of Marana #5, Sahuarita #7, Scottsdale #9 and Chandler #18.https://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-arizona/ (April 2019)

Arizona Best High Schools in Nation

Nationally ranked Arizona high schools include: BASIS Scottsdale #1, BASIS Chandler #2, BASIS Oro Valley #3, BASIS Tucson North, #4, BASIS Peoria #8, BASIS Phoenix #14, Gilbert Classical Academy #20, University High School (Tucson) #27 and Arizona College Prep (Chandler) #240. 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 (March 2019)

UA One of Top Universities in America

University of Arizona is ranked #77 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/best-colleges/ (March 2019)

UA Top U.S. Producer of Fulbright Scholars

University of Arizona was once again named a top-producer of Fulbright scholars for 2018-2019. 8 UA faculty members have the opportunity to teach and conduct research thanks to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Awards contributing to the UA’s status as the No. 3 top-producers of the Fulbright scholars among research institutions. https://topproducing.fulbrightonline.org/top-producing-institutions-by-year (March 2019)

UA Leads in Peace Corp Volunteers

The Peace Corp ranks UA No. 15 among large schools on the agency’s 2018 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list with 46 volunteering worldwide. https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.peacecorps.gov/university-rankings/2019/topschools2019.pdf (March 2019)

UA Water Resources Program No. 1 Globally

The University of Arizona has been recognized by the Shanghai Academic Rankings of World Universities as the world’s number one program for water resources. Also ranked in the top 50: library sciences (9th), communications (16th), earth science (30th), ecology (33rd) and public administration (37th). 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 (March 2019)

Oro Valley and Tucson Romantic Getaways in AZ

Trip Advisor has listed the “15 Ridiculously Romantic Getaways in Arizona”. Oro Valley made the list for its gorgeous views and excellent outdoor adventures. Tucson was recognized as a gorgeous desert oasis full of culture and history. https://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentalsBlog/2018/12/03/romantic-getaways-arizona-weekend-trips/ (March 2019)

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

Site Selection put Arizona 12th in its 2018 rankings, while Area Development deemed Arizona 12th in the category of “Top States for Doing Business” and awarded the state its 2018 Silver Shovel Award as it predicts that more than 2,000 jobs are promised in the business/financial sector. industries” http://www.areadevelopment.com/Top-States-for-Doing-Business/Q3-2018/overall-results-georgia-ranked-top-state-by-site-selection-consultants.shtml (February 2019)

Top 10 Dog Friendliest Cities in America

Tucson is ranked #9 among the top 10 friendliest dog cities according to Dogtime.com. Tucson was included on the list for its sunshine 350 days a year, local parks and trails providing scenic desert views to enjoy with your best friend. Tucson also is home to “Pitbulooza,” a festival celebrating Pit Bulls for National Pit Bull Awareness Day. https://dogtime.com/dog-health/general/4360-dog-friendliest-cities-list (February 2019)

UA Earns ‘Military Friendly School’ Accolade

University of Arizona has been designated as a 2018-2019 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/?start=600 (February 2019)

Marana and Tucson Named Top 30 Destinations to Avoid Winter

The Town of Marana and Tucson were named as one of the 30 places to Make You Forget About Winter by Forbes Travel Guide. Tucson and Marana made the list along such exotic locals such as St. Kitts, Cancun and Bali. https://stories.forbestravelguide.com/30-places-to-make-you-forget-about-winter (February 2019)

Oro Valley Ranks as Healthy Worksite

The Town of Oro Valley has been recently recognized by the Healthy Arizona Worksite Program as achieving the Gold Award level of excellence in worksite wellness. The program is a public health initiative offered by the Arizona Department of Public Health and Maricopa Department of Public Health. Its’ mission is to help employers learn how to successfully implement worksite wellness initiatives to improve the health of their employees and businesses. The City of Tucson was was also recognized as achieving the Gold Award. https://healthyazworksites.org/award/whos-recognized/#1543592495355-c836c524-9d32 (February 2019)

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. Tucson is ranked #30. 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/ (February 2019)

Tops for Finding a Job in 2019

Tucson is ranked at No.102 among the top best U.S. cities for finding a new job in 2019 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 are: Scottsdale #1, Chandler #10,Tempe #14,Gilbert #39, Peoria #41, Phoenix #53, Mesa #65 and Glendale #68. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-cities-for-jobs/2173/ (January 2019)

Tucson on Travel Bucket List

Trip Advisor has recognized Tucson as one of seven rising cities that should be on your 2019 travel bucket list! Tucson’s fantastic weather, national parks and forests and desert provide the perfect environment for tons of outdoor recreational activities and has a share of history and culture. https://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentalsBlog/2018/10/22/7-us-cities-that-should-be-on-your-2019-travel-bucket-list/ (December 2018)

Tucson Among Best Foodie Cities in America

According to WalletHub, Tucson is ranked at No.35 of the best culinary hotspots in the U.S. 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/ (December 2018)

Tucson Top Cities That Care

Some cities are better at taking care of their neighbors than others according to a recent study conducted by WalletHub. Tucson is ranked at No. 83. Other cities in Arizona that were recognized include: Scottsdale #15, Gilbert #24, Chandler #32, Mesa #61, Phoenix #78 and Glendale #81. 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 2018)

Arizona #4 in Future Job Growth

As part of Forbes‘ annual Best States for Job Growth, they looked at 35 factors to determine the best and worst states, including projected employment. The United States is projected to add 10 million jobs over the next five years, according to Moody’s Analytics. Arizona is expected to have job growth at 2.2% annually. https://www.forbes.com/pictures/582b3a3ca7ea431d60196116/4-arizona/#6d08b25f283e (November 2018)

Tucson Among Most Fun Cities in the U.S.

According to WalletHub, Tucson is No. 28 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. 30, Tempe, No. 49 and Phoenix, No. 43. https://wallethub.com/edu/most-fun-cities-in-the-us/23455/ (November 2018)

Arizona’s Three State Universities Best for Vets

Arizona State University ranked No.109, University of Arizona ranked No.52 and Northern Arizona University ranked No.44 among the top universities in the nation for military and veteran students according to Military Times. The publication released its 2019 list of the top 140 four-year universities. (https://rebootcamp.militarytimes.com/news/education/2018/10/22/best-for-vets-colleges-the-best-schools-for-military-students-in-2019/ (November 2018)

University of Arizona Named Among Top Universities in the Country

UA placed 114th in Washington Monthly Magazine’s 2018 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/2018college-guide?ranking=2018-rankings-national-universities (October 2018)

Top Public High Schools

Niche has named its’ 2019 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, #7, Basis Oro Valley, #20, University High School Tucson, #48, Basis Tucson North, #50, Basis Chandler, #63, Basis Peoria, #79, Basis Phoenix, #104, and Arcadia High School, #163. https://www.niche.com/k12/search/best-public-high-schools/?page=2 (October 2018)

UA Ranked Among Elite 100 World Universities

University of Arizona is ranked #52 among the top elite world universities in the world in 2018. 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/2018-19/usa.php (October 2018)

Top Safest Driving Cities

In a recent study by QuoteWizard Arizona was ranked as the 11th safest state in America. Marana #9 and Sahuarita #10 were among the top ten safest driving cities within Arizona. The list was determined by compiling over 40,000 data points from QuoteWizard users in Arizona on speeding tickets, accidents, DUIs and other citations in the last year. Then, they calculated the rate of incidents across each city. Cities with the lowest rate are ranked safest. https://quotewizard.com/news/posts/arizona-safest-driving-cities (October 2018)

UA Top Fine Arts Schools

The University of Arizona is home to exceptional Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in dance, musical theater, and theater design and technology, according to the 2018-19 rankings from OnStage. The UA School of Dance, which placed No. 9 overall and No. 2 among public universities, was the only dance program at a land-grant university to appear in the top 10. The UA musical theater program finished No. 15 overall (No. 5 among public universities), and the theater design and technology program placed at No. 16 overall (No. 8 among public universities). https://www.onstageblog.com/onstage-blog-news/2018/8/21/the-top-25-college-dance-programs-for-2018-19 (October 2018)

Tucson Named #1 Bike City

Tucson was ranked as the No.1 out of eight best cities for biking in the United States according to brokeassstuart.com. The Chuck Huckleberry Loop stretching over 53.9 miles through Pima County, Oro Valley, Marana, Tucson and South Tucson connecting trailheads, parks, restaurants, schools, shopping areas and entertainment venues. https://brokeassstuart.com/2018/10/15/these-are-the-8-best-cities-for-biking-in-the-u-s/?fbclid=IwAR1fMA7p9N9uDDxMOmSWiLsL4tihg62FX3-_7rJU0ky87YszRmjTbZjyaWc (October 2018)

Best Luxury Hotels

Forbes Travel Guide has recognized The Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain in Marana as one of the 58 most luxurious hotels in the world. Forbes Travel Guide’s inspectors visited more than 1,000 hotels in 60 countries to determine the 2018 Star Award winners announced in February — those Five-Star, Four-Star and Recommended hotels that deliver superior service and facilities. The company gathers up to 900 data points from every one of those inspections. Fifty-eight hotels in 17 countries earned the coveted designation, representing the top 6 percent of 1,017 Star Rated hotels in luxury-related standards. The honorees include 52 Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star and six Four-Star properties. https://stories.forbestravelguide.com/forbes-travel-guides-58-most-luxurious-hotels-in-the-world (October 2018)

Best Real Estate Markets

Tucson is ranked as the #213 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/ (September 2018)

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 81 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/cool-schools-2018/cool-schools-2018-full-ranking (September 2018)

UA Top 25 Online MBA Programs

For the second year in a row, the Princeton Review has named UA’s Eller College of Management (#21) 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 (September 2018)

Town of Oro Valley Receives Procurement Award

For the 11th 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. 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 2018)

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 158 hospitals performed well enough to be nationally ranked in one or more specialties. https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/az (August 2018)

Top Pet-Friendly Cities

Tucson #23 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 2018)

UA Among Top 384 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 384 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 (81) and financial aid rating (80). In select categories, UA placed 4th in Best Health Services and 14th in Students Pack in the Stadium. https://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings?rankings=best-384-colleges&page=5 (August 2018)

UA Recognized Nationally

Recognized by the Best Colleges 2019 edition of U.S. News & World Report, The University of Arizona was nationally ranked No. 106 among all universities and No. 46(tie) among public universities. https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/university-of-arizona-1083/overall-rankings (September 2018)

U.S. News Best College Rankings

  • #106 National Universities
  • #21 Business Programs
  • #10 Entrepreneurship
  • #3 Management Information Systems
  • #48(tie) Top Public Schools
  • #108 High School Counselor Rankings
  • #68 Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #55 (tie) Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs
  • #97 Best Value Schools

U.S. News Best Grad School Rankings

  • #69 Best Business Schools
  • #5 Information Systems
  • #46 Part-time MBA
  • #51 Best Education Schools
  • #58 Best Engineering Schools
  • #41 Best Law Schools
  • #28 Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • #39 (tie) Best Nursing Schools: Master’s
  • #9 Audiology
  • #46 Biological Sciences
  • #41 Chemistry
  • #10 Analytical
  • #31 Clinical Psychology
  • #43 Computer Science
  • #8 Earth Sciences
  • #3 Geology
  • #11 Geophysics and Seismology
  • #42 Economics
  • #77 English
  • #55 Fine Arts
  • #9 Photography
  • #63 History
  • #22 Library and Information Studies
  • #47 Math
  • #16 Pharmacy
  • #39 Physics
  • #10 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

  • #77 Best Global Universities
  • #127 Agricultural Sciences
  • #37 Arts and Humanities
  • #158 Biology and Biochemistry
  • #384(tie) Chemistry
  • #163 (tie) Clinical Medicine
  • #95 (tie) Economics and Business
  • #208 (tie) Engineering
  • #38 Environment/Ecology
  • #29(tie) Geosciences
  • #110(tie) Microbiology
  • #182 (tie) Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • #148(tie) Neuroscience and Behavior
  • #137 Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • #144 Physics
  • #26 (tie) Plant and Animal Science
  • #85 Psychiatry/Psychology
  • #70 Social Sciences and Public Health
  • #9(tie) Space Science

Arizona Among Best States for Community Colleges

Tohono O’Odham #314 and Pima Community College #372 ranked among the top community colleges in the U.S. by the personal finance website, WalletHub. The study analyzed more than 700 community colleges across 17 key indicators of cost and quality. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-community-colleges/15076/ (August 2018)

Hospitals Ranked Among Nation’s Best

According to U.S. News & World Report, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson received National Rankings as #36 in Gynecology, #49 in Pulmonology, #50 in Nephrology and High Performing in 4 Specialties (Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics). U.S. News evaluated nearly 4,500 medical centers and hospitals nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures, and conditions. https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/az/university-of-arizona-medical-center-6860516#hospital-performance (August 2018)

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 #115 and University of Arizona came in #309 of the more than 700 best performing colleges that were analyzed. http://time.com/money/best-colleges/ (July 2018)

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 Ranks 8th for Air Quality

In 2017, the Tucson Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) ranked eighth out of the 12 MSAs in the percentage of good air quality days. Tucson air quality was rated “good” 39.7% of the time, while Portland ranked first with 73.2%. Tucson had 98.9% of days classified as good or moderate, 1.1% ranked unhealthy for sensitive groups and 0% very unhealthy. https://mapazdashboard.arizona.edu/quality-place/air-quality (June 2018)

Top City for Best Drivers

Tucson ranks 38th on America’s 2018 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 2018)

AZ Cities Receive “Tree City USA” Recognition

Thirty 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 2018)

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. Oro Valley has received the SolSmart Silver award and Maricopa County is a SolSmart Bronze designee. http://www.solsmart.org/our-communities/designee-map/ (June 2018)

Arizona Gains in Solar Power

Arizona’s solar market remains steady during the first quarter of 2018, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report. Arizona ranked 7th with solar installations for the last two years. 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-2018-q2 (June 2018)

UA Earns 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 2018)

Tucson Among Best Cycling Cities

PeopleForBikes’ newest rankings have 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)

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 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 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)

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)

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)

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)


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