Phoenix is very unique. That has to be the understatement of a lifetime. Phoenix Arizona is an incredible place, rich in history and culture. Phoenix is exciting and enticing, growing and expanding. There are so many unique things to say about Phoenix, that perhaps it is best to leave that to the experts. Here are 10 of the most frequently requested stats and facts provided by the Phoenix Arizona Convention and Visitors Bureau.
- Phoenix is the United States’ sixth-largest city with a population of over 1.4 million.
- Greater Phoenix (which includes, among others, the cities of Chandler, Glendale, Scottsdale and Tempe) has a population of nearly 4.2 million and covers 2,000 square miles.
- Greater Phoenix is located in the Sonoran Desert, which is one of the wettest and greenest deserts in North America, thanks to 3-15 inches of annual rainfall.
- Phoenix has an average annual rainfall of 7.7 inches, an average annual temperature of 72.6 degrees and an annual high temperature of 85.9 degrees. The average high temperature in winter is 67 degrees.
- More than 13 million people visit Phoenix each year. (And more than 35 million people visit Arizona each year.)
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is served by more than 20 airlines, and is a hub for two low-fare carriers: US Airways and Southwest Airlines.
- Sky Harbor serves about 40 million passengers a year, ranking it among the 10 busiest airports in the nation.
- Greater Phoenix’s major industries are (1) high-tech manufacturing, (2) tourism and (3) construction.
- 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
- Maricopa County—where Greater Phoenix is located—covers 9,127 square miles, making it about the size of New Hamshire.
For more unique facts about Phoenix, be sure to visit the Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau. It’s a great site loaded with lots of information and helpful guides. If it’s about Phoenix, you’ll find it there.