A recent study analyzing Arizona's most populous cities has proven what you already knew in your heart, but is now backed up with scientific data: Tucson is a more exciting city than Scottsdale. Using the same per-capita data, however, real estate firm Movoto also found the cities of Tempe and Flagstaff to be more "exciting," based on criteria which factored in the number of restaurants, live music venues and nightlife, while taking into account each city's population density and its citizens' age.
To narrow the field in its latest city-based-clickbait-we-love-to-hate comparison, Movoto broke down Arizona's cities into areas with populations of 10,000 or more, as determined by the 2012 US Census.
Movoto took these 66 cities (that's a lot of mini-Maranas!) and used the follow criteria to measure excitement, because Science:
9. Casas Adobes (Tied with Phoenix)
15. Flowing Wells
16. Catalina Foothills
38. Oro Valley
40. Green Valley
Regarding the Old Pueblo, Movoto had this to say:
Tucson is the second largest city in Arizona, with over 520,000 residents, so when we tell you that 29.25 percent of this population is between the ages of 18 and 34, you just know that’s a whole lot of young people. It’s the sixth highest amount in the state, actually.
According to our analysis Tucson residents, both young and old, are privy to all sorts of excitement, especially when it comes to arts, nightlife, and active life options. In fact with the Museum of Contemporary Art, galleries galore, bars like Club Congress and the Surly Wench, and more gyms, running clubs, trails, and fitness centers than you can count—the only problem might be figuring out where to start.
Movoto has provided this handy chart of the results, listing the top 50 of the 66 analyzed. Keep in mind these are all based on per-capita data, but are still chock-full of eye-opening fodder for one of Tucsonans' favorite pastimes, endless debates on urban sprawl in the desert.
A few highlights of the more odd results:
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