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Tucson Rankings

(Rankings that Tucson has been given on various surveys)

"Best Boomer Towns" 2009
Tucson is on the 2009 list of the best places for Baby Boomers to live. Best Boomer Towns:
"Best Secret Garden" The Tucson Botanical Garden is ranked as the "Best Secret Garden" in the Reader's Digest "America's 100 Best."  The Reader Digest web site for this is: (link no longer active) This ranking is for 2005.
"Best secret garden' is ours." Arizona Daily Star.  April 9, 2005. Page B2.
Grand Award for Wine
Anthony's in the Catalinas received the "Grand Award for Wine."  This award is given by the Wine Spectator Magazine.  Anthony's in the Catalinas had won this award for 15 consecutive years.  Anthony's is one of 76 top wine restaurants in the world according to Wine Spectator's list.  This award was published in the August 31, 2007 issue of Wine Spectator, Page 106.
National Doughnut Honor Roll
La Cave Bakery has been named as one of the top 39 doughnut destinations in the United States. This ranking came out in June, 2007. The list is on Serious Eats:
"La Cave Doughnuts put among nation's best." Tucson Citizen. June 6, 2007. Page 1.
"One of the 22 gardens National Geographic Traveler says we must visit"
Tohono Chul Park is on the National Geographic Traveler's list of gardens that people must visit.
National Geographic Traveler. March 2005. Page 73.
"Playful City” 2009
Tucson is on the 2009 list of Playful City USA Communities.  This award is given to cities that have made a commitment to play.  The award is given to cities that have added and improved playgrounds.  Also the award is given for innovative play activities. The award is given by KaBOOM! a national nonprofit that helps communities build playgrounds.  The KaBOOM! “Playful City” information is on their web site:
Top 8 in Trail running
Tucson was selected a leading trail running location in the United States. Trail Runner Magazine published a list of the Top 8 Trail running cities in the U.S. This list was published in the October 2008 issue of the magazine. PCPL does not have this magazine.
“Tucson picked in top 8 for trail running.” Tucson Citizen. August 26, 2008. Page A4.
Top Scenic Routes in the United States
Catalina Highway was designated a top scenic route by the U.S. Department of Transportation.   Though it is commonly called the Catalina Highway, its official name is "General Hitchcock Highway."  This highway is among a list of the top 45 new routes named to the list in 2005.  (On this list the Catalina highway is designated as "Sky Island Scenic Byway --Arizona.")

"Catalina Highway deemed one of the most scenic routes."  Tucson Citizen.  October 6, 2005.  Page A8. U.S. Department of Transportation. 
"National Scenic Byways Program: (accessed 02/13/2007--web site is no longer working)
University of Arizona “Grade”
The University of Arizona was given a “D” grade in 2010. This rating is given the by American Council of Trustees and Alumni. It is based on how well a university teaches what students need to know.
American Council of Trustees and Alumni web site:
Tucson is ranked number on as the nation’s best city of road biking. This survey was published in the August 2010 issue of Outside Magazine.
“Magazine extols bike paths, climate, and array of area terrain.” Arizona Daily Star. August 3, 2010. Page 1.
Tucson International Airport was ranked 3rd. in customer satisfaction. This ranking was the on a list of the Top 10 small airports. This list was done by J.D. Powers & Associates. This ranking is for 2009.
“Survey: Customer satisfaction puts airport in 3rd slot, up 17.” Arizona Daily Star. February 25, 2010. Page A7.
Tucson was ranked 4th in Spring Allergy Capitals 2007.  This ranking is by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.  Web site: 
BASIS Charter School was rated fifth in the list of top public school in the United States by Newsweek magazine. This rating is for 2009
Newsweek web site:
“Three AZ schools top Newsweek’s best high school list.”  Arizona Daily Star. June 11, 2009.  Page A10.
Tucson ranks as fifth in an AARP list of the “Best Places to Live the Simple Life.” This ranking was in 2009.
The information is on the AARP web site:
Men's Fitness Magazine, February 2007, ranked Tucson at the 5th fittest city in the U.S. (Note: PCPL does not get this magazine.)
Tucson is fifth for safe driving among cities with populations between 50,000 and one million. This ranking is for 2008 it is in a study by Allstate Insurance Company.
“Study: Tucson fifth for safe driving.” Tucson Citizen. July 2, 2008. Page A2.
Pima Air Museum is ranked 6th among top aviation museums. This ranking was based on votes tallied TripAdvisor in 2010.
KOLD news web site.
Accessed 08/06/2010.
"Tucson is the 6th largest metropolitan area without a major pro sports team."  (No exact date is given for this ranking--but article was published in 2008.)
"What I've learned about Tucson." Arizona Daily Star. Caliente Section. March 20, 2008. Page 22.
Tucson was ranked 6th in air quality in the "State of the Air, 2009 report.'  This ranking is from the American Lung Association. 
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Forbes ranks Tucson as No. Seven in their 2006 list of   the Most Overpriced Places in The U.S.  The list can be found at the Forbes web site.
"Tucson No. 7 on Forbes list of overvalues housing cities." Arizona Daily Star.  July 13, 2006. Page 1.
Esquire magazine ranked the bars at the Hotel Congress has the 7th best bar in America.  This best bar list came out in Esquire magazine in June 2007.  The list is also on the Esquire web site at:  
In 2010, Tucson was ranked number 10 in list of “Best Places to Retire.” This ranking is by CNN
Tucson ranked 19th among the best spots for women to live.  This ranking is for 2008.  Self magazine web site:
"Tucson ranked 19th among best spots for women to live."  Tucson Citizen.  November 25, 2008.  Page 1.
Tucson ranked 20th in 2010 “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report.
Allstate web site:
University High School was rated twenty-first in the list of top public school in the United States by Newsweek magazine. This rating is for 2009
Newsweek web site:
“Three AZ schools top Newsweek’s best high school list.”  Arizona Daily Star. June 11, 2009.  Page A10.
Tucson is ranked 22nd in sustainability in 2008. This list ranks 50 of the largest U.S. cities.    The ranking of self-sufficiency is done by
“Tucson slips in ranking of sustainability because of water supply use issues.” Arizona Daily Star. September 23, 2008. Page B1.
Tucson ranked 24th in the country for auto theft in 2009.  The ranking is based on data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
“Tucson, Phoenix out of favor as auto-theft meccas.” Arizona Daily Star. May 18, 2010. Page A. 4.
Tucson is number 25 in a list of the most dangerous cities for walkers. This Pedestrian Danger Index ranking is for 2007-2008. The ranking is made by the Transportation for America organization.
Tucson ranked 32nd in ratings for the most literate cities in the United States. This rating is for 2008. The web site is 

“Tucson rated Arizona’s most literate city.” Tucson Citizen. December 25, 2008. Page 1.
Tucson ranked 37th nationally in metro areas with the worst rates for home foreclosures.  This ranking is for 2008. 
The ranking was done by Realty Trac.
"Foreclosures more than double here."  Arizona Daily Star.  July 26, 2008.  Page 1.
Tucson ranks number 263 out of 500 cities in a list of best walking cities.  This is from the 2008 Best Walking Cities in America survey.  This survey is released by Prevention magazine and The American Podiatric Medical Association.
"Walk? In Tucson? City aims to make it easier."  Tucson Citizen.  March 15, 2008. Page 1.
ANOTHER SOURCE FOR TUCSON RANKINGS City of Tucson web site:  "Top 10"

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