Life in Arizona


Fast Facts 

  • 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.
  • Nickname: ―Grand Canyon State
  • Population: 6.7 million (The greater Phoenix metro area 4.5 million –12th largest metro area 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.
  • 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 20,000 acres, making it the largest city park in the world.
  • The highest point is at Humphrey’s Point 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 $838 per month
    Metro Phoenix—$893 Scottsdale
  • Gallon of Gas $3.73
  • Gallon of 2% Milk $2.25
  • Big Mac $2.69
  • Taco at Rito’s (fabulous) Mexican take-out $1.85


  • There are five 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

Artsy Stuff

  • 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!
  • Cricket Pavilion (outdoor concerts with seating for 18,000+ in Glendale)
  • New state of the art Dodge Theater (Downtown Phoenix)
  • Compton Terrace (another outdoor venue located in Mesa)
  • RED RIVER OPRY (country, bluegrass, gospel and old time rock-n-roll)
  • 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 School located in downtown Phoenix and Tucson)
  • Arizona State University (the nation’s largest university with more than 70,440 students)
  • Northern Arizona University (skiing in the winter and cooler in the summer)
  • Thunderbird School of Management (known worldwide for international business degrees)
  • Maricopa Community Colleges (one of the largest and best systems in the U.S.)
  • University of Phoenix
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Many More Community Colleges

What if I Need to Get Out of Town?


 Grand Canyon

 234 mi.


 146 mi.

 Las Vegas  

 289 mi.

 Los Angeles 

 372 mi.

 Mexico City

 1541 mi.

 New York City

 2527 mi.


 102 mi.


 119 mi.

 San Diego

 369 mi.


  • College Sports (U of A, ASU)
  • Professional Football – Arizona Cardinals (2009 NFC Division Champions)
  • Professional Basketball
  • GO SUNS!
  • 2007 & 2009 WNBA World Champions, the Phoenix Mercury!
  • World Champions Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field!
  • 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 FBR 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.
  • Like to Ski? Snowbowl (Flagstaff), Sunrise (Pinetop)
  • Like to blow money? There are over 20 casinos, most within 1 hour of Phoenix.
  • Fishing, Boating, Biking, Hiking, Climbing, Camping (and with 300+days of sunshine your day off won’t be wasted!)
  • Old Tucson (pretend you are a cowboy again)
  • Tombstone (remember the OK Corral?)
  • Biosphere (yep, that’s here)
  • The Phoenix Zoo
  • The Desert Botanical Garden (the largest collection of desert plants)
  • Caving anyone? Kartchner Caverns State Park — just outside of Tucson

The Grand Canyon State Website

City of Phoenix Website

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