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Facts about Phoenix, Arizona


  • Phoenix is the United States' sixth-largest city
  • The city has a population of almost 1.3 million
  • Greater Phoenix has a population of 2.8 million


  • Phoenix has an average annual rainfall of 7.66 inches
  • The average annual high temperature is 85 degrees
  • Phoenix averages 300 sun-filled days a year


  • Greater Phoenix has consistently ranked among the nation's top destinations in the number of Five Diamond/Five Star resorts
  • Metropolitan Phoenix has more than 45,000 hotel rooms
  • Phoenix/Scottsdale was rated the nation's top hotel destination by Zagat Survey of frequent travelers (1997)
  • More than 12 million people visit Phoenix each year
  • More than 25 million people visit Arizona each year
  • 62 percent of all Greater Phoenix visitors are leisure travelers
  • 38 percent visit for convention or business reasons
  • 8 out of 10 Greater Phoenix visitors plan to return for future visits


  • Phoenix' elevation is 1,117 feet
  • Greater Phoenix is in the heart of the Sonoran Desert and covers 2,000 square miles
  • Maricopa County--where Greater Phoenix is located--covers 9,127 square miles


  • The area's major industries are 1) high-tech manufacturing; 2) tourism; and, 3) construction


  • Greater Phoenix is home to 190+ golf courses
  • Three major professional golf tournaments have regular stops in Greater Phoenix: The Phoenix Open (PGA), the Standard Register Turquoise Classic (LPGA) and The Tradition (Senior PGA)
  • Phoenix is home to the largest municipal park in the world. South Mountain Park covers more than 20,000 acres
  • The Phoenix area has more than 1,700 acres of parkland
  • Six lakes are located within a 75-minute drive of Phoenix


  • Phoenix hosted the NFL's Super Bowl XXX, January 28, 1996
  • Metro Phoenix hosts the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (college football festival)
  • Professional sports teams include Arizona Cardinals (NFL), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Phoenix Suns (NBA), Phoenix Coyotes (NHL), Arizona Rattlers (arena football), Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) and the Arizona Thunder (indoor soccer)
  • Phoenix joined the ranks of Major League Baseball cities in 1998 when the Arizona Diamondbacks began play at Bank One Ballpark
  • 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 spring training programs in the area
  • 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


  • Phoenix museums include the Phoenix Art Museum (the Southwest's largest art museum); 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 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
  • 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
  • Arizona is home to 23 reservations representing 21 different Native American tribes

Source: Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau


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