TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The city of Tucson ranks No. 73 on U.S. News and World Report's new list of the 100 "Best Places to Live" in the country.
Tucson is the second-highest ranked city in Arizona. Phoenix was No. 48.
The rankings take into account five factors including: job market, affordability and overall quality of life. Quality of life includes access to health care, quality of education,and crime rates.
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."
The top five cities in the rankings are Denver, Austin, TX, Fayetteville AR, Raleigh-Durham, NC, and Colorado Springs, CO.