Phoenix is Arizona's state capital. When people refer to Phoenix, they are often discussing the greater Phoenix area, which includes about 23 cities and towns of the metropolitan area. Phoenix is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, and with its size and growth it has developed into a major city--with all the advantages, and many of the disadvantages. Many people are surprised to learn that Phoenix is the sixth largest city in the United States.
Phoenix was incorporated as a city in 1881. Geographically, Phoenix covers about 470 square miles. Phoenix Vital Statistics (as of 2000 Census) The population of Phoenix at the last census was about 1.3 million. Only 11% of the people in Phoenix are over the age of 60, and 49% are between the ages of 25 and 59. Almost 23% of the population of Phoenix have at least one college degree. The median household income in Phoenix is about $41,000.
Phoenix Major Employers/Industries:
High tech, aerospace and service industries make up the major portion of the economic base of Phoenix. Major employers include Banner Health, Honeywell, Wells Fargo and Target.
Phoenix Major Universities and Colleges:
Phoenix is home to Phoenix Community College, Ottawa University of Phoenix, DeVry Institute of Technology, Grand Canyon University, Apollo College, Western International University, Arizona State University West and others.
Phoenix Major Attractions:
There is a great deal to see and do in Phoenix. Some of my favorite attractions are the Arizona Science Center, the Heard Museum, the Desert Botanical Garden, Bank One Ballpark, The Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix Art Museum and the Phoenix Symphony.
Phoenix Median Home Price:
The median price of a new home is about $157,000, and the median price of a pre-owned home is about $112,000.
In the early days, the E/W streets were named after presidents, and the N/S streets had Indian names. Now the N/S streets are numbered. Streets east of Central Ave. have numbers with Street, such as 24th St. The higher the street number, the farther east of Central Ave. West of Central Ave. the streets have avenue numbers, such as 35th Ave. The higher the avenue number, the farther west of Central. There are exceptions, of course, like streets named Drive!
More Street Trivia:
When traveling around Phoenix, it is handy to know that it is laid out in one mile grids between major streets. As one travels north from Indian School Road to Camelback Road, one has traveled one mile.
When looking for addresses, odd numbers are either on the south sides or the east sides of streets, depending on which way you are traveling, and even numbers are on the north sides or west sides of streets. Example: an address such as 4050 N. 7th Street will be on 7th Street, on the west side of the street. An address such as 7177 W. Thomas Road will be on the south side of Thomas Road. This holds true in the entire greater Phoenix area, not just the City of Phoenix.