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Phoenix is a city in Maricopa County.

It is the state capital and the county seat.

The community was named after fabled bird that rose from its ashes, because settlers built on the site of a former village.

The latitude of Phoenix is 33.448N. The longitude is -112.073W.

It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,086 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 1,388,416.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$41,207
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Phoenix demographic reports
Phoenix is in the Salt River valley, at the edge of the Sonoran Desert.
Former and merged names include:
· East Phoenix
· Helling Mill
· Swillings
Prehistoric Hohokam Indians conquered the desert with irrigation ditches; the same canals were later used by 19th-century settlers.

Phoenix has experienced dramatic growth in recent decades. The local economy has been bolstered not only by the many retirees and tourists coming to the area, but by technology and banking interests.

Public transportation: Valley Metro (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 9,722. The number of murders and homicides was 241. The violent crime rate was 6.9 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1996 movie, "Jerry Maguire"
· 1960 movie, "Psycho"
· 2006 movie, "Little Miss Sunshine"
Census 2000 highlights: Sixth largest city in the U.S., by population; city with the second largest population growth in the 1990s (332,062 people); at 474.9 square miles, Phoenix is the fifth largest U.S. city, in terms of land area
Well-known residents have included:
· Gary Hall Jr., Olympic medallist
· Stevie Nicks, singer and songwriter
· Mare Winningham, actress
Local bands (past and present) have included Tubes
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Gloria Jean's, It's a Grind, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Maricopa County Fair - April 11-15, 2007
  • Arizona State Fair - Oct. 12-Nov. 4, 2007
  • Fiesta Bowl Parade - Dec. 29, 2007
  • Thai Cultural Days - Oct. 20-21, 2007
  • Arizona Asian Festival - April 20-22, 2007
  • New Works Festival - July 13-Aug. 4, 2007
  • Wild Western Festival - Sept. 28-30, 2007
Dates often change. Check Phoenix web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Arizona Opera, Arizona Theatre Company, Phoenix Symphony
Nearby parks & recreation: South Mountain Park, Papago Park
Phoenix attractions: Phoenix Zoo, Desert Botanical Garden
Sports teams: Arizona Diamondbacks (NL), Arizona Cardinals (NFL), RoadRunners (East Coast Hockey League), Suns (NBA), Coyotes (NHL), Mercury (WNBA), Rattlers (Arena Football League), AZL Athletics (minor league baseball), AZL Brewers (minor league baseball), Desert Dogs (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Heard Museum, Arizona Science Center, Phoenix Art Museum, Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, Phoenix History Museum
Colleges and universities: Arizona State University -- West Campus, Grand Canyon University, University of Phoenix-Phoenix Campus, Arizona Institute of Business and Technology, Art Institute of Phoenix
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 159
Quotes:
Phoenix is the country's sixth-largest metropolitan area, but it has grown so quickly that it hasn't had time to acquire many legends or put on much patina. Phoenix doesn't have a Telegraph Hill or a Wrigley Field. And metro Phoenix is not one city sprawling outward but a dozen converging, each with its own competing urban identity.
-- The New York Times, Oct. 21, 2001
Songs:
· "By the Time I Get to Phoenix"

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Phoenix demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Maricopa County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Phoenix area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 85013 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

13% of Phoenix residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Phoenix ancestry & family history guide.

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Recommendations: A night at the Biltmore, followed by a morning game of croquet on the hotel lawn

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Phoenix was $19,833, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

23% of Phoenix residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Phoenix include Blount Addition Historic District, Chelsea Place Historic District, Coronado Neighborhood Historic District, East Alvarado Historic District, Encanto-Palmcroft Historic District, F. Q. Story Neighborhood Historic District, Kenilworth Historic District, Oakland Historic District, Phoenix Homesteads Historic District, Phoenix Townsite ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Phoenix, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $542.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,021.


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Libraries

Libraries in Phoenix include Acacia Branch Library, Arizona State Library, Burton Barr Central Library, Century Branch, Cholla Branch Library, Desert Sage Branch Library, Harmon Branch Library, Ironwood Branch Library, Juniper Branch Library, Mesquite Branch Libraryry ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Phoenix include Ahwatukee Foothills News, Arizona Republic, Phoenix New Times

TV stations in Phoenix include KAET, KASW, KDTP, KNXV, KPAZ, KPHO, KSAZ, KTVK, KTVW, KUTP.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KBAQ., KJZZ.

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Politics

Maricopa County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Phoenix political report.

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Restaurants

Phoenix restaurants taking online reservations include Bistro 24 at the Ritz-Carlton Phoenix, Christopher's Fermier Brasserie & Paola's Wine Bar, Compass Restaurant - Hyatt Regency Phoenix, Different Pointe of View, Donovan's of Phoenix, Kincaid's - Phoenix, Morton's, the Steakhouse - Phoenix, Ruth's Chris Steak House - Phoenix, Steamer's, T. Cook's @ the Royal Palms Resort ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Phoenix workers is 26 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 619 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Phoenix between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 4.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly higher than the national norm.

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Phoenix, AZ

Pros: Great weather from mid-Oct to mid-May
Lots of non-water outdoor recreation activities
Close to many scenic areas of the Southwest
Spring Training in March

Cons: Very hot weather from mid-May to mid-Oct
Sprawling but laid out on a grid
Traffic and aggressive drivers
Used to be an inexpensive place to live

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“ Phoenix is the country's sixth-largest metropolitan area, but it has grown so quickly that it hasn't had time to acquire many legends or put on much patina. Phoenix doesn't have a Telegraph Hill or a Wrigley Field. And metro Phoenix is not one city sprawling outward but a dozen converging, each with its own competing urban identity. ”
~ The New York Times, Oct. 21, 2001

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