As the seat of Maricopa County, Phoenix is the largest city in Arizona and the 11th largest city in the United States. It has a population of close to 1.7 million inhabitants. More than 200,000 people have moved to Phoenix in the last decade alone.
It serves as the anchor of the Greater Phoenix area, which has a total of more than four million residents. It was formally founded in 1867 on land that was formerly used primarily for farming and grazing cattle.
Today, Phoenix is a center point for the state’s financial and business sectors. It is home to many national and global companies like U-Haul International and Honeywell.
Phoenix spans a geographical area of 517 square miles. Interstates 17 and 10 travel through the city’s center and southern portions, respectively. Phoenix encompasses the Phoenix Sonoran Reserves, the Phoenix Mountain Reserves and the South Mountain Park and Reserve. The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is located between Highway 143 and I-10, just north of the Salt River.
Its southern border touches Highway 202 while its northern border spans to New River. Its western border reaches Litchfield Park past the Agua Fria River. It shares its eastern border with the cities of Scottsdale and Tempe.
Phoenix has one of the hottest real estate markets in the country. The average home price in this capital city goes for around $269,000, which equals between $169 to $176 per square foot approximately. Home prices in Phoenix have climbed more than eight percent in the last year alone, and prices are expected to continue rising as more people move to the area.
The real estate market in Phoenix consists of different types of homes, from townhouses and condominiums to single-family residences for sale. There are also undeveloped lots of land for sale on which buyers can build new homes.
Phoenix is also home to dozens of public parks that are open throughout the year. Encanto Park, for example, has picnic sites as well as areas for fishing and swimming. Verde Park has an elaborate playground as well as picnic and barbecue areas.
There is also a public library in Phoenix that has 16 branches. Together, the public library offers more than two million books, CDS, movies and other resources.
Thirty three public school districts serve the city of Phoenix. There are also a number of colleges and universities here, including Arizona State University’s main campus.
Most of the Greater Phoenix area’s major thoroughfares run directly through or near Phoenix. Interstate 17 runs north and south through the city and intersects I-10 in Phoenix’s central industrial district.
Highway 101 runs through the city’s northern area and intersects Highway 51 north of the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve. Highway 202 runs south of the city and curves west to intersect with I-10 north of Estrella Village.
Highway 303 runs west of the city but can be connected with by taking I-10 directly west into adjacent Litchfield Park. I-17 runs north of the city to also connect with Highway 303 as well as Highway 74.
Phoenix is the nation’s sixth-largest city, home to more than 1.4 million residents. People come to Phoenix from all over the nation and the world to live a relaxed lifestyle in a world-class city. This shining jewel in the Sonoran Desert boasts North America’s largest municipal park, South Mountain Park and Preserve, which covers more than 16,500 acres, offering residents more than 50 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. Recreational opportunities abound in Phoenix and surrounding communities, which collectively comprise what is known as “The Valley of the Sun”. That is a well-deserved moniker – Phoenix basks in more life-enriching sunshine more than any other major metropolitan area in the country, with the sun shining during 85 percent of daylight hours. The city is also one of North America’s greenest and wettest deserts, thanks to as much as 15 inches of annual rainfall.
That great weather makes it easy to enjoy getting out of the house, year-round. Phoenix is a mecca for sports-lovers. It’s one of only 13 U.S cities that is home to teams representing all the major sports leagues: the Cardinals (NFL), the Diamondbacks (MLB), the Suns (NBA), the
Mercury (WNBA) and the Coyotes (NHL).
You don’t have to be a sports fan to find something to do in Phoenix – it’s home to world-class chefs working in some of the nation’s finest restaurants, stellar attractions (like the Heard Museum, Desert Botanical Garden, Taliesin West, Phoenix Art Museum, the Fleischer Museum, Arizona Science Center, the Hall of Flame, and the Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park).
There are six lakes within a 75-minute drive of Phoenix, and other attractions within a few hours’ drive (like the red rocks of Sedona and The Grand Canyon) and, if you want to get away for the weekend, Phoenix boasts “The Nation’s Friendliest Airport”, Sky Harbor International.
The Greater Phoenix area is the corporate headquarters of five Fortune 500 companies and thriving high-tech manufacturing, tourism and construction industries. Phoenix has been selected as an “All-America City” no less than four times, testament to a quality of life unrivaled by any other American city.
Phoenix really has it all. For young adults, families and active seniors, it’s a place to grow, thrive and live life to its fullest. Come and see for yourself what makes Phoenix so special.