The City of El Paso along with Visit El Paso, an operating division of the City and Destination El Paso, announced Friday that El Paso has earned the #10 ranking on Resonance 2017 Best Small American Cities with populations between 200,000 and 1 Million.
“I’m proud to see our city being recognized time and time again,” said Mayor Oscar Leeser. “My focus as Mayor has always been on promoting the city and creating new economic development opportunities, and I’m humbled to see others acknowledge the great strides we’ve made in such a short period.”
The winning cities were unveiled at a June 14 awards celebration at New York University sponsored by National Geographic Travel, who will use the Resonance ranking and insights for future editorial and content projects.
In the 2017 America’s Best Cities Report, Resonance ranked the nation’s best large and small cities using a combination of statistical performance and qualitative evaluations by locals and visitors in 27 areas grouped into six core categories:
Place – perceived quality of a city’s natural and built environment
Programming – the arts, culture and entertainment in a city
Prosperity – employment, GDP per capita and corporate head offices
Product – A city’s key institutions, attraction and infrastructure
People – immigration and diversity of a city
Promotion – quantity of articles, references and recommendations online.
This is one of the most comprehensive American city rankings ever attempted—developed to quantify and benchmark the relative quality of place, reputation and competitive identity for U.S. principal cities with metropolitan populations of 200,000 or more.
El Paso represents the only location in Texas to make the top ten of the 230 ranked cities.
“This new ranking is fantastic news and will contribute to more editorial coverage of our vibrant and unique community by National Geographic Travel and among others,” said Bryan Crowe, CEO for Destination El Paso.
“Recognitions like this is proof that people are realizing just how great and competitive our community truly is,” said City Manager Tommy Gonzalez.
For a complete list of cities or to download the report, click HERE.