Phoenix is located in Arizona.
Phoenix, Arizona has a population of 1,563,025.
The median household income in Phoenix, Arizona is
The median household income for the surrounding county is $53,689
compared to the national median of $53,482.
The median age of people living in Phoenix is
The average high temperature in July is 104.7
degrees, with an average low temperature in January of 44.2 degrees.
The average rainfall is approximately 9.5 inches
per year, with 0 inches of snow per year.
No weather information available.
Nicknamed "Valley of the Sun" for receiving more than 325 days of sunshine a year, most locals just refer to it as the Valley - as in the Salt River Valley, the region's official name. Phoenicians are proud of their city's reputation as a preferred place to work and do business, and are just as proud that Phoenix is a great place to raise a family. Neighborhoods feature quiet, tree-lined streets, manicured parks, a multitude of community services, and housing costs that are among the lowest of all major cities. The bright sunshine, superb outdoor recreation, major sports events, and superior cultural attractions make Phoenix a very desirable place to live a quality urban life.
The name Phoenix - a legendary Egyptian symbol of rebirth - was chosen by the early founders because the city was built on the ruins of the ancient Hohokam civilization. The wide Salt River ran through the Valley of the Sun, but there was little rain and no melting snow to moisten the brown earth. The industrious, enterprising and imaginative Hohokam built an irrigation system, consisting of 135 miles of canals still in use today, and the land became fertile. By 1868, a small colony had formed approximately four miles east of the present city and Phoenix was incorporated in 1881. The casual, easy growth that characterized the farming community slowly grew into a young metropolis. The Valley's explosive growth began during World War II when military airfields were built in the area because of its near-perfect flying weather. Many diverse industries soon followed.
Activities and Attractions
Phoenix is overflowing with exciting and interesting attractions and activities to appeal to any age and any interest. Parks, amusement centers and highly acclaimed science and nature attractions are abundant in Phoenix. Word-class facilities in downtown Phoenix highlight everything from Broadway hits to lyric opera and international artists performing in every medium. The Phoenix Symphony Orchesra has been performing for more than 35 years at Symphony Hall, plus an outdoor performance series. For the sports enthusiast, Phoenix has garnered well-earned praise for being one of the world’s top five golf destinations.