Thinking of relocating to the Phoenix area, or purchasing a winter home? Read on to learn 10 fun facts about the capital city of Arizona.
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Here are 10 Fun Facts about Phoenix:
- Phoenix is the 6th largest city in the U.S. (a population of 1.4 million people.)
- Phoenix sits at an elevation of 1,117 feet.
- The “Greater Phoenix” area refers to Chandler, Glendale, Scottsdale and Tempe.
- 16+ million people visit Phoenix each year.
- The Sonoran Desert, where Phoenix is located, is actually one of the greenest and wettest deserts in the entirety of North America because the Sonoran Desert gets 3-15 inches of rain every year.
- Phoenix has more sunny days than any other metropolitan city in the U.S.
- The Greater Phoenix area has more than 200 golf courses.
- Phoenix has a franchise in all 4 professional major sports leagues: Arizona Coyotes (NHL), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Phoenix Suns (NBA) and the Arizona Cardinals (NFL). Only 13 other cities in the U.S. have similar representation.
- Phoenix’s Waste Management Open draws in more spectators than any other event on the PGA tour – nearly 500,000 spectators. In 2013, 179,022 people attended the Waste Management Open in a single day, a total which set a new world record.
- Every February, 15 major league baseball teams make the Phoenix area their home for Cactus League Spring Training
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