Phoenix & Arizona Information
- Greater Phoenix has a population of 2.8 million and covers 2,000 square miles.
- Phoenix is the United States' sixth-largest city with a population of nearly 1.3 million.
- Maricopa County-where Greater Phoenix is located-covers 9,127 square miles. Phoenix's elevation is 1,117 feet.
- Greater Phoenix is located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert.
- Phoenix has an average annual rainfall of 7.66 inches, an average annual high temperature of 85 degrees and averages 300 sun-filled days per year.
- Phoenix hosted the NFL's Super Bowl XXX, January 28, 1996.
- Phoenix hosted the 2001 World Series and is the home of the World Series Champion Arizona Diamondbacks.
- Phoenix was selected the Best-Run City in the World in 1993 by the Carl Bertelsmann Foundation and the Best Managed city by Governing magazine in 2000.
- The Heard Museum has an extensive collection of Native American artifacts, including the largest kachina doll collection-donated in part by the late Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater-of any museum in the country.
- The area's major industries are 1) high-tech manufacturing, 2) tourism, 3) construction.
- Greater Phoenix has consistently ranked among the nation's top cities in the number of Five Diamond / Five Star resorts.
- Phoenix/Scottsdale was rated the nation's top hotel destination in the 1997 Zagat Survey of frequent travelers.
- Metro Phoenix has more than 52,000 hotel rooms.
- Greater Phoenix is home to over 200 golf courses.
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is served by 21 airlines.
- More than 12 million people visit Phoenix each year. More than 25 million people visit Arizona each year.
- Visitors to Greater Phoenix account for about $5 billion in expenditures each year.
- Three pro golf tourneys have regular stops in Phoenix: The Phoenix Open (PGA), the Standard Register Turquoise Classic (LPGA) and The Tradition (Senior PGA).
- Greater Phoenix plays host to seven major league baseball teams each spring as part of the Cactus League. The San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers and Anaheim Angels conduct their annual training programs in the metro area while the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies and the Chicago White Sox train in Tucson.
- Phoenix is home to many different motor sports. Included are Indy Car and NASCAR events at Phoenix International Raceway, drag racing at Manzanita Speedway and boat racing at Firebird International Raceway.
- 8 out of 10 Greater Phoenix visitors plan to return for future visits.
- Metro Phoenix is home to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (college football festival), Arizona Cardinals (NFL), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Phoenix Suns (NBA), Phoenix Coyotes (NHL), Arizona Rattlers (arena football) and the Phoenix Mercury (WNBA).
- Phoenix joined the ranks of Major League Baseball cities in 1998 when the Arizona Diamondbacks began play at Bank One Ballpark.
- Phoenix is home to the largest municipal park in the world. South Mountain Park covers more than 20,000 acres. The area has more than 1,700 acres of traditional park land.
- Phoenix has museums to suit nearly every taste. The Heard Museum (Native American); Desert Botanical Garden (the world's largest collection of desert plants); Taliesin West (home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation); the Phoenix Art Museum (the Southwest's largest art museum); The Fleischer Museum (American Impressionism); The Arizona Science Center; The Hall of Flame (featuring the world's largest collection of fire-fighting equipment); Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park (Native American) and the Phoenix Museum of History are among the cultural hot spots.
- Arizona is home to 23 reservations representing 21 different Native American tribes.
- Phoenix, the capital of Arizona and seat of Maricopa County, is the largest city in the state. It is located in the center of Arizona, on the Salt River.
- Joan Ganz Cooney (1929 - )
Producer of Sesame Street; born in Phoenix.
- Geronimo (1829 - 1909
) Leader of the Apache Indians that fought the U.S. settlements until 1886; born in Clifton.
- Linda Ronstadt (1946 - )
Singer, born in Tucson.
- John McCain (1936 - )
Arizona Senator and war hero. Presidential Candidate in 2000.
- David Spade (1965 - )
Comedian/actor, Raised in Scottsdale.
- Zane Grey (1872 - 1939)
Author of many popular Western novels
- Sandra Day O'Conner (1930 - )
The first woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court in 1981.
- Cesar Estrada Chavez (1927 - 1993)
Founded and led the first successful farm workers' union in U.S. history, born in Yuma.
- Phil Mickelson (1970 - )
Professional golfer, Scottsdale resident.
- Steven Spielberg (1946 - )
Film director, raised in Phoenix.
- Helen Hull Jacobs (1908 - 1197)
Tennis champion, writer; born in Globe.
- Stewart Udall (1920 - )
Former Secretary of the Interior; born in St. Johns.