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Phoenix, Arizona Fast Facts

Tips, Statistics and Trivia About Phoenix, AZ



Downtown Phoenix Skyline

© Judy Hedding


Phoenix is Arizona's state capital. When people refer to Phoenix, they are often discussing the Greater Phoenix area, which includes more than 25 cities and towns. Over the past two decades Phoenix has been 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 Tidbits:

Phoenix was incorporated as a city in 1881. Geographically, Phoenix covers more than 500 square miles and it is actually larger than Los Angeles.

Phoenix Vital Statistics:

The population of Phoenix is estimated (2013) to be 1.5 million.

From the 2008 - 2012 U.S. Census American Community Survey Estimates: The median age of a Phoenician is about 32 years old. Only 12.7% of the people in Phoenix are over the age of 60, and 56% are between the ages of 25 and 59. Almost 26% of the residents of Phoenix have at least one 4-year college degree. The median household income in Phoenix is about $48,000. About 17% of families are living at or below poverty level in the City of Phoenix.

Phoenix Major Industries:

High tech, aerospace and service industries make up the major portion of the economic base of Phoenix.

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 $351,000, and the median price of a pre-owned home is about $175,000 (Dec 2013).

Phoenix Trivia:

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 generally laid out in one mile grids between major streets. For example, as one travels north from Indian School Road to Camelback Road, one has traveled one mile.

Driving Trivia:

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.

More Places To Find Information About Phoenix:

Airports and Transportation
Phoenix History Quiz
History of the Name "Phoenix"
2010 Census Data
More Phoenix Trivia
Relocation Basics
Phoenix Zip Codes
Colleges and Universities
Things to See and Do
Phoenix Weather

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