Life in Arizona
The "Grand Canyon State"
- There are over 300 days of sunshine, more than Florida or Hawai’i!
- Arizona has more boats per capita than any U.S. state (and you thought we were in a desert).
- Average Phoenix Temperature: 86 Balmy Degrees
- No worries - we do have winter nights that drop below freezing.
- Population: 6.9 million (Phoenix metro area 1.6 million – 6th largest in the U.S.)
- 52,000 new residents are expected each year for the next 15 years!
- Arizona became a state on February 14th, 1912. It was the 48th state.
- Motto: Ditat Deus - "God Enriches"
- Arizona is geographically the 6th largest state in the union.
- 18 National Monuments are located in Arizona
- The amount of cooper on the roof of the Capitol building is equivalent to 4,800,000 pennies!
- There are 300 ostrich ranches with approximately 10,000 birds!
- South Mountain Park covers more than 16,000 acres, making it the largest city park in the world.
- The highest point is at Humphrey's Peak which is 12,633ft.
- The lowest point is that at which the intern starts (just kidding!) Colorado river at 70 ft.
- Hottest temperature recorded in Phoenix-122 (but it’s a dry heat)
- Flagstaff averages 18" of precipitation/year (much in snow!)
- Median price for a house is $184,541
- Average rent
- $865/month Metro Phoenix
- $925/month Scottsdale
- Average Utility bill (900sq ft): $158
- If you’re a foodie, the average cost of dinner for two is $42 or cheaper with the Food Truck Caravan Street Food Saturdays—and don’t forget Restaurant Week in the Spring and Fall!!!
- There are Six outlet malls within a one hour drive
- Old Town Scottsdale
- Mill Avenue in Tempe
- Scottsdale Fashion Square: the largest shopping destination in the Southwest.
- Kierland Commons
- Way too many shopping malls to list
- The Phoenix Symphony
- The Herberger Theatre Center (home of the AZ Theatre Company)
- Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright )
- Phoenix Theatre Cookie Company (stuff for the whole family)
- Arizona Opera
- Ballet Arizona
- Scottsdale Center for the Arts
- The Heard Museum (attracts 250,000 visitors a year)
- Desert Museum (down in Tucson)
- More galleries and museums than malls!
Concerts and Clubs
- Jimmy Buffett comes every year!
- Ak-Chin Pavilion (outdoor concerts with seating for 18,000+ in Glendale)
- New state of the art Comerica Theater (Downtown Phoenix)
- Mesa Amphitheatre
- Marquee Theater
- Country Thunder Festival
- The McDowell Mountain Music Festival
- The University of Phoenix Stadium
- CLUBS, CLUBS, AND MORE CLUBS (sure, we have country clubs here, but there are also dance, jazz, blues, and reggae as well)
What About the Three R's? Readin', 'Rittin, 'Rithmetic
- University of Arizona (Medical Schools located in downtown Phoenix and Tucson)
- Arizona State University (the nation’s second largest university with more than 83,301 students)
- Northern Arizona University (skiing in the winter and cooler in the summer)
- Grand Canyon University
- Thunderbird School of Management (known worldwide for international business degrees)
- University of Phoenix
- Maricopa Community Colleges (one of the largest in the United States)
What if I Need to Get Out of the heat?
New York City
- College Sports (U of A, ASU)
- 2017 host of the NCAA Final Four
- Professional Football – Arizona Cardinals (2009 NFC Division Champions)
- Professional Basketball
- GO SUNS!
- 2007, 2009 & 2014 WNBA World Champions, the Phoenix Mercury!
- 2001 World Champions Arizona Diamondbacks!
- Can’t get enough baseball? When the rest of the country is cold, there are nine major league teams in Phoenix for Spring Training!
- Professional Hockey– Howl for the Coyotes!
- How about the Insight and Fiesta Bowls?
- And if you’re a race fan, then the Phoenix International Raceway is your ticket.
- Golf Anyone? Three professional tours are held here, including the PGA’s Waste Management Open with the infamous 16th hole.
- Golf, golf, and more golf! Over 200 golf courses in Phoenix and over 300 in the state!
Don't Forget Recreation
- Arizona has two national parks, six national forests, two national recreational Areas, six national wildlife refuges, four nature conservancies, 25 State Parks, and 303 lakes. One quarter of the state is forested (and with 300+ days of sunshine your days off won’t be wasted)
- THE GRAND CANYON
- Like to Ski? There is Snowbowl in Flagstaff and Sunrise in Pine-top
- There are over 20 casinos, most within a 45 minute drive from Phoenix.
- The Kartchner Caverns State Park
- Havasupai Falls
- Tombstone (the OK Corral)
- Biosphere 2
- The Phoenix Zoo — care to feed a giraffe?
- The Desert Botanical Garden houses the largest collection of desert plants in the nation