Welcome to Metro Phoenix
The Metro Phoenix area is 10th largest metro area in the United States (4,652,000 people).
Two major airports serve the Metro Phoenix area. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the main one and is considered the 10th busiest in the United States. In 2004, the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport started commercial passenger flights.
Phoenix is in the northeastern part of the Sonoran Desert at about a mean elevation of 1,117 feet (340 m) and has a subtropical desert climate.
Phoenix is frequently referred to as the Valley of the Sun and for good reason, as you can expect to see the sun, on average, 85% throughout the year. 8-9 months out of the year the weather in Phoenix is glorious and is one big reason people move here. Winter months are warm, with daily high temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to high 70s and low temperatures mostly in the low 40s, occasionally dipping below 40. On average, Phoenix has only five days per year where the temperature drops to or below freezing. The summer high average temperatures are typically over 100 °F (38 °C).
Eight Fortune 500 firms are currently headquartered here: Freeport-McMoRan, Avnet, Carvana, Republic Services, Insight Enterprises, Opendoor Technologies, Taylor Morrison Homes, and ON Semiconductor.
Phoenix has plenty of high-tech and telecommunications companies like Intel, GoDaddy, LifeLock, Gainsight, Microchip, Keap, Honeywell’s Aerospace division, and countless more.
Phoenix also benefits from tourism and recreation because of its weather and proximity to places like the Grand Canyon. Several golf events occur throughout the Phoenix Metro area, including the PGA’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Some of the best museums, theatres, and art galleries in the Southwest are located here.
Things To Do
Enjoy the outdoors year round! There is great hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding on the many different mountain ranges throughout the Metro Phoenix area.
Phoenix is one the world’s golf capital and has many interesting, challenging, and unique courses.
Need to cool off? Phoenix has plenty of water parks or go tubing on the Salt River.
Phoenix also has plenty of public parks to relax with the family, have a picnic, swim in the pool, tennis, pickleball, or volleyball.
Within a 2-6 hour car drive lies the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Tucson, San Diego, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, or even Mexico.
Generally speaking, the Metro Phoenix Area is flat, but mountain ranges are in and around the valley. If you’re looking for mountain views and foothills to break up the flatness, I would look at areas such as Ahwatukee (south), Biltmore Area (central), Arcadia Area (central), North Scottsdale (north), and Gold Canyon (east).
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