Most people are pretty proud of their hometown and many wouldn’t want to live anyplace else. With that in mind, there are bragging rights on the line this week as U.S. News & World Report just released its “Best Places to Live” rankings for 2016. Here’s the rub – the report only looks at the country’s 100 largest metropolitan areas, so smaller towns and cities are not eligible.
Phoenix and Tucson both cracked the top 75 based on factors such as job market, affordability, desirability, and overall quality of life. Tucson checked in at number 73 with an overall score of 6.2 our of 10. You can read the full report on Tucson here.
When describing Tucson, the rankings said:
“Tucson is an example of how a city can be constantly transforming without losing sight of its roots…Although almost a million people live in the Tucson metro area, everyone seems to know – or know of – everyone else. People from all walks of life can be found here, and their cultures have left an impression on the city. Thanks to the large Latino community, holidays like Dia de los Muertos are observed here, which you may not see in other parts of the country.
But perhaps the best part of Tucson is its scenery. The city is ringed by mountain ranges that emphasize the great desert skies and sunsets that continuously impress even the most seasoned residents.”
Phoenix finished 48th with an overall score of 6.6. Click here to read the full report.
We chuckled when we read AzCentral.com’s response to the overall score that Phoenix received in the study.
“Phoenix, Arizona, performs relatively well,” said Miriam Weiner, product manager for real estate at U.S. News. “In the weightings of the different categories, such as the value index, quality of life and job market, Phoenix averages a score around 6.5 out of 10.”
We earned basically a D+! Go us!
What do you think about these types of reports? Do they simply give us something to talk about or can we find nuggets that will help us look for new ways to build a better Arizona….which will, in turn, help us with our long-term goal of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!