Scottsdale, Ariz. ranked among best cities in the nation to live

Sep 15, 2015, 8:00 AM
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PHOENIX — If you live in Scottsdale, Arizona, you’re in luck! According to, Scottsdale residents live in one of the best cities in the nation.

In their annual Top 100 Best Places to Live list, Scottsdale ranked slightly above the middle spot at No. 40.

According to the website, Scottsdale earned its ranking due to the various opportunities it offers to residents, such as exploring the Sonoran Desert, playing on more than 200 golf courses or hitting up some of the best nightclubs in the area.

While Scottsdale also has a reputation of offering a luxurious experience with a cosmopolitan feel to its residents, said its top employers include Honor Health, General Dynamics and Mayo Clinic.

Rochester, Minnesota; Bellevue, Washington; Madison, Wisconsin; Santa Barbara, California; Boulder, Colorado; Palo Alto, California; Bismarck, North Dakota; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Iowa City, Iowa and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, rounded out the top 10 cities to live.

Matt Carmichael, editor of, said the list was compiled to hopefully help residents find a perfect place to call home.

“Each of these cities is a great place to live,” he said in a recent press release. “Not every city is perfect for everyone, of course, but these are the top 5 percent, and somewhere in the Top 100, you’ll find a great fit to call your best place.”

Carmichael said this year’s data helps represent the cities that are renewing specific properties in their towns to help better serve residents.

“This is a great time to study livability,” he said in a recent press release. “Cities large and small are renewing their focus on improving the day-to-day lives of residents through better transportation, more vibrant downtowns, affordability and accessibility for a range of residents.”

The website said more than 30 states from coast-to-coast were represented on this year’s list, ranked in the following categories: Economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education, and health care.

The data was collected from Urbanist Richard Florida and Assistant Clinical Professor at NYU School of Professional Studies Steven Pedigo, according to

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Scottsdale, Ariz. ranked among best cities in the nation to live