WELCOME TO PHOENIX, ARIZONA!
Founded in 1861, Phoenix, Arizona’s capital city is the 6th largest city and the 14th largest metropolis in America. The city of Phoenix is home to more than 1,445,000 Phoenicians, and hosts a greater metropolitan population of more than 4.2 million people. This Great Phoenician Metropolis is better known as “The Valley of the Sun.”
Phoenix is the county seat of Maricopa County and is the largest capital city in America, plus it’s the only state capital with more than 1,000,000 people.
Phoenix is a cultural kaleidoscope of colorful suburbs, friendly desert towns, and historical villages all interconnected by long winding, scenic highways and byways, all gracefully cradled in the world’s only “living desert”. Phoenix is well recognized as the commercial and political hub of the Great Southwest.
Phoenix offers more than just great weather and spectacular mountain views, this city enjoys one of the highest standards of living anywhere in the United States.
Phoenix is one of America’s favorite places to relocate or just migrate, millions of people travel to this great city for its unmatched recreational hotspots and seasonal benefits all year round. Phoenix is a tourism magnet, with its Southwestern hospitality, superior healthcare, advanced educational institutions, healthy economic growth, cutting edge science and manufacturing technology are just an example of its growing popularity.
Expansion Management rated Phoenix as one of “America’s 50 Hottest Cities,” topped only by Jacksonville, Florida, as a desirable home for new businesses.
The Greater Phoenix area boasts of an ever growing transportation network with a variety of buses, a light rail system and efficient superhighways that make its vast resources accessible to everyone. The Phoenician transportation system reaches from downtown’s Arizona State University to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which is now one of America’s busiest airports managing more than 20 airlines.
Phoenix has 60 public school districts not to mention more than two dozen private and independent schools. The Phoenician high school curriculum focuses solely on college preparation and occupational specialization to keep our young people competitive in both the local and global marketplaces.
Arizona State University serves more than 60,000 students across four valley campuses and is recognized as one of the most technologically advanced schools in the nation. The Valley of the Sun also hosts some of the highest ranked educational institutions such as the DeVry Institute of Technology, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Grand Canyon University, High-Tech Institute, ITT Technical Institute, Devry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management, MMI and Thunderbird Garvin School of International Management.
Phoenix sponsors many world-renowned innovators in the healthcare industry throughout the Valley of the Sun, such as the Mayo Clinic, Banner Health, Scottsdale Health, the John C. Lincoln Health network, and IASIS Healthcare. Major support facilities help manage The phoenix health network, including general practitioners, emergency walk-in care centers, rehabilitation therapies, sports medicine and a plethora of excellent alternative medicine specialists to top it off.
Phoenix has a subtropical arid climate. In summer average high and dry temperatures are typically over 100 °F (38 °C) and over 120 °F (49 °C) on occasion.
Phoenix is located at 33°27′ North, 112°4′ West (33.4485°, 112.0738°)in the Salt River Valley, or “Valley of the Sun”, in central Arizona. Phoenix lies at a mean elevation of 1,117 feet (340 m), in the northern reaches of the Sonoran Desert.
The Greater Phoenix area is surrounded by the McDowell Mountains to the northeast, the White Tank Mountains to the west, the Superstition Mountains to the far east, and the Sierra Estrella to the southwest. Within the city are the Phoenix Mountains and the South Mountains. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 517.9 square miles (1,341 km2); 474.9 square miles (1,230 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km², or 0.05%) of it is water.