In 1912, Arizona became the last of the contiguous state to achieve statehood. Today, Arizona has a booming economy. It leads the nation in private-sector job growth, and it ranks top 10 in the nation in population growth. Health care, transportation, and government are the leading industries in Arizona, but the high-tech and finance industries are finding a home in Arizona and attracting workers to the state.
Arizona is the sixth largest state in the U.S. with an area of 113,990 square miles. To the west, the Colorado River forms Arizona’s border with California and Nevada, to the north is Utah, and to the east is New Mexico. Arizona shares an international border with Mexico to the south. Arizona has a population of just under seven million people, which ranks the state 14th in the nation. The capital of Arizona and its largest city is Phoenix, which has a population of around 1.6 million people. This makes Phoenix the sixth largest city in the U.S. The Phoenix metropolitan area is the 12th largest in the U.S. with a population of around 4.5 million residents.
Arizona has a desert climate, but the weather can vary depending on location. The southwest corner and the region along the Colorado River are the hottest and driest area of the state. The eastern half and most of the northern part of the state has milder desert weather, and there are sections of Arizona in the highland mountain areas that have Mediterranean weather. 100-degree temperatures are typical throughout the state from late May through early October. Most areas of Arizona receive less than 10 inches of rain per year, and almost all the precipitation occurs in the winter and late summer. Monsoonal rains that come up from Mexico during the late summer causes severe flooding in certain parts of the state.
The Grand Canyon dominates the image of Arizona. At 227 miles long, one mile deep, and an average width of 10 miles, the Grand Canyon is an impressive natural wonder of the world. In addition to the Grand Canyon, Arizona has over two dozen designated national monuments, parks, trails, sites, and recreation areas. Some of these places are Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the Petrified Forest National Park, Tonto National Monument, and Wupatki National Monument. About a quarter of the state is covered in forest, and another quarter of the state is made up of Indian reservations. The Navajo Nation, the largest Native American tribe in the U.S., is in Arizona.
Arizona has a variety of great places to live from small desert towns to alpine villages to large metropolitan cities. The median housing and rent prices in Arizona have risen over the past year, but prices are still more affordable than in California, Nevada, and Utah. AreaVibes can provide you with a list of the best places to live in Arizona. You can customize this list to find the type of city, neighborhood, and residence where you like to live. The best places in Arizona are not hard to find with AreaVibes.