According to Phoenix currently ranks as the number six “Most Popular City to Live” along with Tucson trailing not too far behind in the number nine slot.   A large factor for gains in popularity for Phoenix can be attributed to the attractiveness of the outdoor activities available as well as the strong business climate.  Phoenix has strong economic sectors such as: trade transportation utilities government professional and business services – not to mention the high volumes of leisure and hospitality workers.  With the large influx of population to call the likes of Maricopa County home in the past year the Phoenix area continues to climb its way to the top as being a prime location for relocation.

The data sources used by to determine their current rankings were based on Census Bureau migration information (from 2010 – 2014).  This information includes figures on who moved to the metro area versus who moved out of the metro area.  In addition they used their view ratio on  Also used were the population growth estimates for the years of 2015-2017 this information is provided also by the Census.


Here is how both Phoenix and Tucson stacked up:


Phoenix – Ranking #6

Migration Ratio:  1.13

Views Ration: 1.10

Growth Ratio: 4.4%


Tucson – Ranking #9

Migration Ratio:  1.06

Views Ration: 1.63

Growth Ratio: 1.6%


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