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Phoenix is situated in one of the lushest, and most radiant and bright deserts in the world. Phoenix is the gateway to the Grand Canyon, and the rough mountains in the city characterize the city’s horizon. The city’s cultural scene is growing rapidly, and it blends a businesslike attitude with an expanding cultural aspect and world-class sports facilities.

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Phoenix Demographic and Geographical Fast Facts

  • Phoenix is the sixth largest city in the United States.

  • Phoenix's elevation is 1,117 feet.

  • The Valley - Geographical area encompassing Phoenix and neighboring cities.

  • The Ethnic composition of Phoenix include White, 65.9%; Black or African American, 6.5%; Hispanic or Latino-40.8%; Native American-2.6%; Asian-3.2%; Non-Hispanic Whites- 46.5%.

  • Phoenix is the most populous capital city in the US, and the world's sixth most populous city.

Phoenix History Fast Facts

  • Phoenix was founded in 1867, and incorporated in 1881 as the City of Phoenix.

  • Phoenix received its name from pioneer Lord Darrell Duppa who described it as a city born from the ashes of a former civilization and prehistoric canals of the Hohokam.

  • In 2008, Phoenix Light Rail started.

  • The second fastest growing metropolitan city in the US is Phoenix.

Phoenix Government and Economy Fast Facts

  • Phoenix government is structured as a council-manager system.

  • The economic base of Phoenix is developed by aerospace, services and high-tech sectors.

  • Presently, Phoenix is home to four Fortune 500 companies: waste hauler Republic Services, electronics corporation Avnet, retailer PetSmart, and mining company Freeport-McMoRan.

  • Phoenix’s cost of living is 1.10% lower than the United States average.

Phoenix Interesting and Important Facts

  • Phoenix is nicknamed as Grand Canyon State and the Valley of Sun.

  • Phoenix is one of the few cities of the United States with franchises in all four major professional sports leagues: Arizona Cardinals (NFL) , Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Arizona Coyotes (NHL), and Phoenix Suns (NBA).

  • Phoenix has the largest municipal park in the globe- South Mountain Park and Preserve.

  • Phoenix is situated within the Sonoran desert, which is one of the greenest and wettest deserts in North America.

  • Phoenix has more number of sunny days as compared to other metropolitan cities in the United States.

  • Architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born in Phoenix in 1867.

  • Phoenix two major daily newspapers - The Arizona Republic (morning) and The Phoenix Gazette(evening).

  • The first use of rubberized asphalt was done in Phoenix in 1960.

  • Phoenix has got the National Civic League's prestigious "All-America City" Award four times.

  • A mysterious light formation became visible over the city in 1997- “Phoenix Lights” UFO sightings which became an American pop-culture event.

  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, is America's friendliest airport and is the main airport operating the Greater Phoenix area.
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