9 Interesting Facts about Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix is the capital of the southwestern U.S. state of Arizona and is one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. It is the fifth-largest US city that’s rich in art and culture.
Located in the heart of Arizona, the city is home to resorts, shopping malls, nightlife, attractions, and events, not to mention the beautiful desert scenery. It calls the Valley of the Sun home.
Here are some interesting, fun facts you’ll love to tell others about our favorite city, Phoenix.
1. 40% of People Living in Phoenix are Arizona Natives
According to the Arizona Census Bureau, 40% of people living in Phoenix are native to Arizona. The city has a well-deserved reputation as a transplants city, but Phoenix still has the lowest rate of natives amongst its residents. The suburbs have even lower rates of Arizona-born natives.
2. Downtown Phoenix Ruins Date Back to Over 3,000 Years
Hohokam, a previous civilization among several others, resided in Phoenix. In 2006, the Phoenix Convention Center was constructed. During that construction, archeologists discovered houses that were built more than 3,000 years ago beneath the old Phoenix Civic Plaza.
3. Phoenix is the Only US State Capitol with Over 1 Million Residents
Phoenix is the most populated state capital with at least 1.5 million residents. In fact, it’s the only state capitol whose population surpasses one million. Moreover, its population exceeds that of the second-biggest capital, Indianapolis, with only 850,000 residents.
4. It has a Unique “Downtown” Location
Known to people as the “area with tall buildings,” Phoenix’s Downtown spans 7th Avenue to the 7th Street, including the railroad tracks to Roosevelt. It is home to the original townsite, the City Hall, McDowell, and Indian School Road.
5. South Mountain Park is the Largest City Park in the US
Although there are larger federal and state parks in the US, South Mountain is the largest city park in the nation. It covers over 16,000 acres, making it 20 times the size of Central Park in the US.
6. 16 Degrees is the Lowest Temperature Ever Recorded in Phoenix
The hottest day in Phoenix was in June, 26, 1990, when the temperatures of sky Harbor airport hit 122 degrees. On January 7, 1913, the city registered the lowest temperature at 16 degrees.
7. In terms of square miles, Phoenix is Larger than New York and Los Angeles Combined
Anchorage, Alaska, Florida, Jacksonville, Oklahoma, Houston and Texas are physically larger than Phoenix by less than 500 miles. However, the city is larger than the combined size of Los Angeles and New York cities, combined.
8. Phoenix has Received an Inch of Snow Two Times
Phoenix got an inch of snow twice: in the 1930’s and from December 21 to 22, 1990. Since the latter incidence, over 25 years ago, the city has only recorded 0.4 inches of snow.
9. Only 11 State Capitals are on More Elevated Topography than Phoenix
Phoenix rises 1,100 feet above the sea level. The Humphrey’s Peak is the highest natural point located in the Kachina Wilderness Peak within the Coconino National Forest.
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