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Facts about Phoenix

  • Phoenix is the United States’ sixth‐largest city with a population of over 1.4 million.

  • Greater Phoenix (which includes, among others, the cities of Chandler, Glendale, Scottsdale and Tempe) has a population of more than 4.3 million, covers 2,000 square miles, and is the 13th largest metropolitan area in the United States.

  • Greater Phoenix is located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, which is widely considered the most ecologically diverse desert in the world.

  • Phoenix averages more than 310 sunny days per year, has an average annual rainfall of 7.66 inches, an average annual temperature of 72.6 degrees and an annual high temperature of 85 degrees.

  • 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.

  • Greater Phoenix is home to more than 200 golf courses.

  • 13‐15 million people visit Phoenix each year. More than 30 million people visit Arizona each year, Sky Harbor serves more than 42 million passengers a year, ranking it among the 10 busiest airports in the nation.

  • 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). Phoenix also has other sporting venues such as WNBA Phoenix Mercury and the National Lacrosse League (NLL) Arizona Sting play in nearby Glendale.

  • University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals and the site of Super Bowl XLII, is the only stadium in North America with both a retractable fabric roof and a roll‐out grass field.

  • The Waste Management Phoenix Open, played each February at the TPC Scottsdale, is the best attended event on the PGA Tour, averaging more than 500,000 spectators.

  • Greater Phoenix is home to college football’s Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and Insight Bowl. The inaugural BCS National Championship was played at University of Phoenix Stadium in 2007 and again in 2011.

  • Greater Phoenix’s major industries are (1) high‐tech manufacturing, (2) tourism and (3) construction.

  • Phoenix is home to the largest municipal park in the world. South Mountain Park and Preserve covers more than 16,500 acres and has more than 50 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails.

  • There are six lakes within a 75‐minute drive of Phoenix.

  • 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.

  • Major Phoenix Attractions Arizona Science Center, the Heard Museum, the Desert Botanical Garden, Bank One Ballpark, The Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix Art Museum and the Phoenix Symphony.