Sunset Magazine recently ranked the City of Tempe – home of Arizona State University — as one of the Top Ten College Towns in the West, alongside Albuquerque, New Mexico and Eugene, Oregon.
“Tempe hits all the marks for idyllic small-town living: a quaint downtown, friendly locals, thriving locavore scene with a year-round farmers’ market, and proximity to big cities (Phoenix and Scottsdale) for when you’re craving the bright lights. Arizona State’s lauded research programs attract brilliant minds from around the nation, and with the school’s Herberger Institute for Design & Arts there is almost always a great exhibition or performance to catch. Sports aren’t a huge part of the culture, but in the spring you can see the Los Angeles Angels train in town, and the city has some of the best biking around,” noted the magazine.
Sunset Magazine is a nationally recognized lifestyle magazine in the United States that focuses on travel destinations in the 13 Western states and their home design and outdoor living ideas suited to the region. It ranked the towns based on their education programs and lifestyle beyond campus including food scene, outdoor offerings, and real estate value.