Arising out of the desert like the famed bird arose out of the ashes, Phoenix is the state’s largest city and the capital of Arizona. With a population of almost one and a half million, Phoenix is the sixth largest city in the United States. More people live in Phoenix than in any other state capital. Once part of Mexico, Phoenix also has deep Native American roots. About 40 percent of its population is Hispanic or Latino.
The Phoenix metropolitan area, with a population over four million, is known as "the Valley of the Sun," appropriate to its location in the Sonoran Desert. Phoenix, the spoke for nearby cities of Scottsdale, Glendale, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert and Peoria, offers a vibrant location for a new home.
Phoenix has attracted numerous tourists and relocating homeowners for its wonderful climate. Although temperatures can easily reach 100° from May to September, it’s a dry desert heat. Both Phoenix and Tucson are located in what’s known as the "Arizona Sun Corridor." July and August are visited by monsoons. Winter, with one day a year, on average, below freezing, is delightful.
The largest employers in Phoenix include American Express, Intel, PetSmart, Avnet and Honeywell. Apollo Group (which includes the University of Phoenix) is another significant employer.
The Phoenix-Scottsdale area is known for its cultural offerings including the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, the Phoenix Metropolitan Opera and other performing arts venues such as the Herberger Theater, home to two different acting companies. The Phoenix Art Museum, located downtown, has over 18,000 works, a sampling of which is viewable at their "Online Gallery." The world-renowned Heard Museum, just north of Phoenix, has Native American treasures. ArtLink Phoenix hosts First Friday walks to visit over seventy downtown galleries.
The Phoenix Zoo has programs for children as well as adults even offering an "Advanced Inquiry Program" leading to a Master’s Degree in conjunction with the University of Miami. With so many sunny days, hiking and biking the numerous trails surrounding Phoenix would be easy to do. For those who love golf, world-class courses are readily available. Spring training for the Cactus League is packed full of games in their stadiums surrounding the city. Phoenix has a number of professional sports teams including, of course, the Phoenix Suns, but did you know about the Desert Dolls Roller Derby? With teams like "Shotgun Shirleys" and "Joon Cleavers," they are not to be missed. Phoenix, like its neighbor Scottsdale, is a spa-friendly place. Any time you need to relax, Native American treatments await.
Getting to and away from Phoenix is simple with the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The city itself is largely built on a grid with traffic easy to maneuver. With so many choices of activities and lifestyles, Phoenix, Arizona should be high on anyone’s list of great places to live.