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Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix, the capital of Arizona, is called "The Valley of the Sun" because it enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year. The average annual temperature is 72 degrees, but summer days sizzle, with temperatures exceeding 100.

Phoenix was incorporated in 1881, and in 2007 had a population of more than 1.5 million, making it the fifth largest city in the United States. The sprawling Phoenix metropolitan area includes surrounding towns, such as Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, and Glendale.

Warm weather year-round makes Phoenix a big draw for tourists and retirees who enjoy spending time outdoors. Visitors will find numerous golf courses, parks, hiking trails, and water parks.

NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS

Phoenix is a massive city, covering some 500 square miles. As such, the city has numerous neighborhoods and districts, such as:

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES

Since Phoenix is the state's capital, as well as the seat of Maricopa County, government and government-related industries are major regional employers. Corporations such as PetSmart, Apollo Group, Allied Waste, Avnet, and Honeywell's Aerospace division are headquartered in Phoenix.

The city is a popular spot for Internet companies. GoDaddy, eBay, and iPowerWeb all maintain major offices in Phoenix.

Phoenix is also home to Luke Air Force Base, one of the United States Air Force's biggest training facilities.

EDUCATION

Arizona State University (ASU), whose main campus is located in nearby Tempe, has a satellite campus within Phoenix city limits. Residents can also attend classes at the University of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University, American Indian College, Collins College, and DeVry University.

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SPORTS TEAMS

Phoenix is the home of many professional sports teams, including:

In addition to local sports teams, Phoenix hosts nine MLB baseball teams for their annual spring training practice.

LOCAL MEDIA

Phoenix is the twelfth largest designated market area in the United States. Major network affiliates are:

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