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Tucson General Information

With a higher elevation than much of the rest of the State of Arizona, Tucson is much cooler in the summer than Phoenix, while still enjoying temperatures above 70 in the winter. This great climate, along with its strong economy and low cost of living, is making Tucson recognized as one of America's best cities. MSN ranked it #5 on its 2003 list of "America's Best Places to Live" as well as #5 on its list of "Best Places for Outdoor Activities." Men's Journal ranked it #9 among cities in its 2004 "50 Best Places to Live" list. And, as for your family friend, Men's Health Magazine named Tucson the 4th "Best City in the Nation for Dogs."

Allstate researchers analyzed company claim data to determine the likelihood drivers in America's 200 largest cities would experience a vehicle collision compared to the national average. State of Arizona's second largest city, Tucson, is among the Top 10 "Safest Cities." Tucson drivers average more than 10 years between accidents.

Fortune Small Business magazine has picked Oro Valley as one of its "100 Best Places to Live and Launch." The 'Most Eventful Cities' Ranking has listed the 25 Most Happening U.S. locations based on millions of events listed. Tucson, Arizona in Sixth Place boasts many family and school or alumni events.

Recent International recognition has been bestowed upon the City of Tucson, Arizona, as we were voted "Friendliest City" and one of the "Top Ten US Cities to Visit" by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine. Tucson, Arizona was also ranked by Bicycling Magazine as "One of the Top Three Cities in North America for Cycling." The Greater Tucson area has the honor of being the "#1 City in the United States for Spas and Resorts" by the Zagat Survey, and "one of the Best Places to Retire to" according to Tucson also ranks No. 1 as the "Healthiest Environment for Women" in the latest issue of Self Magazine, saying: "This area -- tops on our list for its combination of clean air, water and land." So, enjoy...

Tucson, Arizona is #1 in our hearts and others. Most notably, did you know:
  • #1 Tucson Ranked Best City for Hotels and Spas: Zagat Survey ranked Tucson the number one city for spas and resorts in its Top U.S. Hotels, Resorts and Spas edition. The guide is based on the ratings and reviews of nearly 20,000 frequent travelers.
  • Top Ten City for High-Tech: Fast Company magazine names Tucson to its Fast Cities list -- 10 United States cities that offer the "most potent mix of talent, technology and tolerance."
  • #2 Top Hotel for Nature Lovers: Sunset magazine has named Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in its top 10 hotels for nature lovers. Within minutes of leaving the resort, you can hike into a virtual wilderness area via the easy-to-access Ventana Canyon trail that begins just a short walk away.
  • Top Ten Spas Destinations: Canyon Ranch and Miraval make a top 10 spas list. Allure magazine confirms something we already knew: Canyon Ranch and Miraval — among the best spa destinations in the United States and Mexico.
  • #2 Entrepreneurial Hot Spot: Tucson is ranked among mid-size cities according to the National Research Policy Council. The rankings combined data on a region's startups and their growth.
  • Tops Among Public National Universities: U.S. News & World Report ranks The University of Arizona among the best public national universities, according to its latest rankings in America's Best Colleges. The Eller College of Management ranks 12th on the list for undergraduate business programs. The Eller College is also one of only three institutions to maintain top-five status in the Management Information Systems business specialty since the inception of the U.S. News rankings.
  • #3 Most Digital City: The most technology-advanced cities in America have been named by The Center for Digital Government based on its Digital Cities Survey. The study examined how city governments are utilizing digital technologies to better serve their citizens and streamline operations.
  • Most Playful City: Tucson is one of the most playful cities, according to KaBOOM! Tucson is one of the 31 founding members of the Playful City USA initiative, an effort to recognize communities that achieve better public policy, funding and public awareness for increased play opportunities for kids. Tucson was recognized for fulfilling a pledge to five specific commitments to play that have a lasting impact on issues including childhood obesity, public safety, and quality of life. Other Arizona cities to make the list are Chandler, Phoenix, Gilbert, and Yuma.
  • #4 Local Bed and Breakfast: The Royal Elizabeth B&B ranked in a Top 10 survey conducted by Business travelers seeking the comforts of home while on the road. Guest surveys speak of the Tucson Bed and Breakfast as "grand and beautiful, with fabulous hospitality and incredible food."
  • #4 America's Fittest Cities: Men's Fitness magazine has come out with its list of "America's Fittest Cities." Categories used to rank cities included numbers of clubs and gyms; fitness-related activities available; nutritional habits; air quality; and geography.
  • #5 Best City Lifestyle: Tucson is making waves as it comes in the Top 10 lists for quality of life related issues. In "America's Best Places to Live," MSN's web site rated metropolitan areas in categories including cost of living, crime rate, education, home prices, and weather. Tucson came in a high honor considering the competition.
  • #5 Best Place for Outdoor Activities: MSN placed Tucson in its "Close to the Big Outdoors" survey. MSN cited the city's closeness to outdoor activities, coupled with a balance of quality education, housing, jobs, health, and arts and entertainment.
  • #7 Hottest Retirement Market: BizJournal ranked Tucson among the hottest urban markets. The rankings were based upon ratios between seniors and children, senior concentration, social security income, senior growth, and comparisons to total, children, young-adult, and middle-age growth.
  • #7 Best Cities for Hispanics: For the second year in a row, Tucson placed in the Top Ten Cities for Hispanics to Live In, an annual feature of the national Hispanic magazine. In creating the list, the magazine weighed mainstream issues, including jobs, affordable housing and student-to-teacher ratios. It ranked factors within a city's culture, such as the ease of switching languages from Spanish to English as well as the frequency of encountering other Hispanics during everyday life.
  • #8 Top City For Doing Business: Tucson was ranked in the "Top 25 Cities for doing Business in America" in Inc. magazine.
  • #9 Cities Best Suited for Fitness and Walking: Prevention magazine, in conjunction with the American Podiatric Medical Association, ranked Tucson for cities that are best suited for fitness and walking. Criteria include crime, mass transit, air quality, and the number of historic sites, museums, parks and gyms each city has.
  • #10 Healthy Lifestyle: Cooking Light honored Tucson with a top place in its search for the cities in America that best support its philosophy to eat smart, be fit, and live well. The following are a few of the criteria that earned Tucson its high ranking: Farmers' markets, access to gourmet ingredients, highly rated restaurants, percentage of residents in good health, and low percentage of overweight residents.
  • #10 Spring Training Ballparks: Tucson Electric Park was chosen as one of the Best Spring Training Ballparks by Coming in the top ten, TEP is the spring training site for the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago White Sox.
  • #20 Best Cities for Jobs: Forbes annual ranking of "Best Cities for Jobs" placed Tucson among the top cities. Criteria included Median Household income, Unemployment, Income Growth, Cost of Living and Job growth.
  • Home to World Tournament: Marana, connected to the northern section of Tucson, will be home to the Accenture Match Play through at least 2010. This event features the top 64 players in the world. The World Golf Championships feature some of the largest purses in professional golf. First prize money is in excess of $1 million.

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