Phoenix, America’s sixth-largest city still has real cowboys and rugged mountains and the kind of cactus most people see only in cartoons. Phoenix is the gateway to the Grand Canyon, and its history is a testament to the spirit of puebloans, ranchers, miners and visionaries.
Projected against this rich backdrop is a panorama of urban sophistication: Resorts and spas that drop jaws and soothe souls. Stadiums and arenas worthy of the world’s biggest sports spectacles. Restaurants with inspired cuisine and inspiring patio views. Golf courses that beckon players the year round. Shopping centers as stylish and eclectic as the fashions they house.
This is Greater Phoenix — Arizona’s urban heart and America’s sunniest metropolis.
Phoenix is the capital, and largest city, of the U.S. state of Arizona, as well as the sixth most populous city in the United States of America, and is also the most populous state capital in the United States. Phoenix is home to 1,445,632 people according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data.
It is the anchor of the Phoenix metropolitan area (also known as the Valley of the Sun) and is the 12th largest metro area by population in the United States with about 4.2 million people in 2010. In addition, Phoenix is the county seat of Maricopa County and is one of the largest cities in the United States by land area.
Phoenix was incorporated as a city in 1881, after being founded in 1861 near the Salt River close to its confluence with the Gila River. The city has a notable and famous political culture and has been home to numerous influential American politicians and other dignitaries, including Barry Goldwater, William Rehnquist, John McCain, Carl Hayden, and Sandra Day O'Connor. Residents of the city are known as Phoenicians.
Phoenix or "the place is hot" translated from Western Apache is the capital and the most populous city in the State of Arizona. It is the most populous capital city in the United States. Phoenix is located along the banks of the usually dry Salt River. It was incorporated as a city on February 25, 1881. Residents of Phoenix are known as Phoenicians. Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the United States. Phoenix has expansive city limits (515 square miles), and has the 10th highest land area for a city in the United States.
When people refer to Phoenix, they are often discussing the greater Phoenix area, which includes about 23 cities and towns in the metropolitan area. Phoenix is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Many people are surprised to learn that Phoenix is the sixth largest city in the United States.
Phoenix was incorporated as a city in 1881. Geographically, Phoenix covers about 470 square miles. The population of Phoenix according to the most recent census was 1.3 million. Only 11% of the people in Phoenix are over the age of 60, and 49% are between the ages of 25 and 59. Almost 23% of the population of Phoenix have at least one college degree. The median household income in Phoenix is about $41,000.
Phoenix is home to Phoenix Community College, Ottawa University of Phoenix, DeVry Institute of Technology, Grand Canyon University, Apollo College, Western International University, Arizona State University West and others.
There is a great deal to see and do in Phoenix. Some of my favorite attractions are the Arizona Science Center, the Heard Museum, theDesert Botanical Garden, Bank One Ballpark, The Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix Art Museum and the Phoenix Symphony.
Phoenix, the nation's 6th largest city is located in the Sonoran Desert which is considered the most ecologically diverse desert in the world.
There are over 200 golf courses in the metropolitan area of Phoenix. The Phoenix Open (PGA Golf Tour) is held in February each year in Scottsdale, and is the most attended event on grass averaging over 500,000 spectators.
Greater Phoenix averages almost 15 million visitors and tourist each year. More than 30 million visit the state of Arizona.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is among the ten busiest airports in the country and serves over 42 million passengers per year.
Phoenix is one of only 13 U.S. cities with franchises in all four major professional sports leagues: Phoenix Suns (NBA), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Arizona Cardinals (NFL) and Phoenix Coyotes (NHL).
South Mountain Park is the largest municipal park in the world covering over 16,500 acres and boasts more than 50 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails.