Tucson, Ariz.

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Go, go, Wildcats, go. The home to the University of Arizona is an energy-filled town in the heart of the Southwest. Set in a flat valley surrounded by odd-shaped mountains, Tucson blends Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo traditions. This provides a culturally invigorating environment for students and high levels of diversity. Tucson ranks fifth for quality of life among our small metros due to its numerous dive bars and funky restaurants that don’t let you forget it’s a college town at heart. City access is increasing, with a new (since 2014) streetcar linking downtown to the university (bikes are permitted on board).

#14 Tucson, Ariz.

POPULATION: 1,004,234
STUDENTS: 91,369
RANKING DETAIL:
#15 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#6 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#3 CITY ACCESS
#9 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#3 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#19 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#20 LABOR FORCE
#8 INNOVATION
#7 RENT

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