PEORIA, Ariz. (July 15,
2008) – Money magazine has named Peoria among its 100 “Best Places to
The city ranks 55th on
the Money list, featured in the magazine’s August issue and online at
Among the factors cited
by Money were Spring Training, the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts
and the amount of open space the city has set aside for preservation and
“While it’s great that
the Money editors recognized Peoria, what is really neat is that they
found examples from all parts our city,” said Mayor Bob Barrett.
The magazine also noted
comparatively low property taxes, a rate of job growth double the average of the
Top 10 cities, and the high percentage of days with clear weather.
No Arizona city made
last year’s Money list, but the state boasts four in 2008. Peoria is the
only West Valley community. It is joined by three East Valley cities: Gilbert
(No. 28), Chandler (No. 30) and Scottsdale (No. 47).