McDowell Mountain Preserve is a top attraction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Courtesy of Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

liv score
How We Calculate Our Data
Civics 83
Demographics 46
Economy 61
Education 86
Health 68
Housing 38
Infrastructure 46

#47. Scottsdale, AZ

Located in the Valley of the Sun is Scottsdale, a lovely city with a sunny, dry climate and ranked as one of America’s Best Destinations for Golf thanks to more than 200(!) courses.

The community’s secondary schools are consistently ranked among the top achievers in the state, and the city’s education score was boosted by Scottsdale Community College and nearby Arizona State University. The economy is paced by a highly developed tech sector, and Scottsdale has a robust downtown highlighted by Fashion Square Mall that features spas, arts venues, and shops. 

Find out more about why Scottsdale is a Best Place to Live.

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