Phoenix now ranked the 5th largest city in the United States. We are seeing what looks like a bottom to the market. Home sales are flat in most areas and rising in others.
With our fast paced real estate market a new proposition was approved to improve the current freeway system and add new light rail to the valley. The federal government has also granted new funds to Phoenix's light rail system. To see more information on the freeway system go to http://www.azdot.gov/Highways/
Where to buy is a very important factor when coming to the Phoenix metro area. Job location, schools and style of living are all a big factor.
Phoenix is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona and the county seat of Maricopa County. It is the most populous capital city in the United States.
Its physical location is along the banks of the normally dry Salt River. It was incorporated as a city on February 25, 1881.
Residents of Phoenix are known as Phoenicians.
Phoenix had an estimated 2006 population of 1,512,986, making it the fifth largest city in the United States, as well as the largest state capital. Phoenix has expansive city limits (515 square miles), and it has the 10th highest land area for a city in the United States.
As of 2006, the Phoenix Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) was the 13th largest in the United States, with an estimated population of 4,039,182. It includes the Arizona counties of Maricopa and Pinal.
Other cities in the MSA include Mesa, Scottsdale, Glendale, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, and Peoria.
Several smaller communities are also included, such as Cave Creek, Queen Creek, Buckeye, Goodyear, Fountain Hills, Litchfield Park, Anthem, Sun Lakes, Sun City, Sun City West, Avondale, Surprise, El Mirage, Paradise Valley, and Tolleson.
Phoenix is a city located in a valley bordered by small mountains. The city is setup as a grid and is easy to find your way around. With many upscale areas, historical features, and nightlife to satisfy most unique tastes, Phoenix offers year round conditions for any type of life style. Phoenix border cities are Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Mesa and Tempe to the East; Cave Creek, Carefree, Desert Hills and New River to the North; Sun City, Surprise, Peoria, Glendale, Litchfield Park to the West; and Avondale, Tolleson, Laveen and Ahwatukee to the South.
Phoenix has six commonly referred-to regions:
East Side (East Valley)
The coming of the railroad in the 1880s was the first of several important events that revolutionized the economy of Phoenix. Merchandise now flowed into the city by rail instead of wagon. Phoenix became a trade center with its products reaching eastern and western markets. In response, the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce was organized on November 4, 1888.
Phoenix also inaugurated an electric streetcar system, built off earlier stagecoach lines, in 1893.
During World War II Phoenix's economy shifted to that of a distribution center, rapidly turning into an embryonic industrial city with mass production of military supplies.
A fire in October 1947 destroyed most of the streetcar fleet, giving the city a difficult choice between implementing a new street railway system or using buses. The latter were chosen and the metropolitan area's development has been oriented toward cars ever since. This is expected to change, however, with the December 2008 implementation of the Phoenix light rail system.
By 1950, over 100,000 people lived within the city and thousands more in surrounding communities. There were 148 miles (238 km) of paved streets and 163 miles (262 km) of unpaved streets.
Phoenix's population in the north and west, as well as that of surrounding cities, are expanding greatly, as they have been since the 1960s.
Phoenix is located in the Salt River Valley, or "Valley of the Sun", in central Arizona. It lies at a mean elevation of 1,117 feet (340 m), in the northern reaches of the Sonoran Desert.
The Salt River course runs westward through the city of Phoenix; the riverbed is normally dry except when excess runoff forces the release of water from the six dams upriver.
The city of Tempe has built two inflatable dams in the Salt River bed to create a year-round recreational lake, called Tempe Town Lake. The dams are deflated to allow the river to flow unimpeded during releases.
The Phoenix area is surrounded by the McDowell Mountains to the northeast, the White Tank Mountains to the west, the Superstition Mountains far to the east, and the Sierra Estrella to the southwest. Within the city are the Phoenix Mountains and South Mountains.
The early economy of Phoenix was primarily agricultural, dependent mainly on cotton and citrus farming.
In the last two decades, the economy has diversified as rapidly as the population has grown. As the state capital of Arizona, many residents in the area are employed by the government. Arizona State University has also enhanced the area's population through education and its growing research capabilities.
Numerous high-tech and telecommunications companies have also recently relocated to the area.
When it comes to attractions, Phoenix is not your average city. Here, the beautiful Sonoran Desert shares top billing as a world-class attraction along with the arts and cultural venues that make Phoenix a world-class destination.
Info from phoenix.gov
People move to Phoenix for many reasons, but the top one is the outstanding recreation opportunities that are available in this gorgeous town.
Due to the warm climate in winter, Phoenix benefits greatly from seasonal tourism and recreation, and has a particularly vibrant golf industry.
Other recreational activities can include: skiing, fishing, nature walks, bicycling, horseback riding and much, much more.
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Phoenix is home to several professional sports franchises, including representatives of all four major professional sports leagues in the U.S.
For a list of all Sports Teams in Arizona click here
The following is a list of school districts that serve the city of Phoenix, Arizona. Many separate independent school districts serve Phoenix.
Some are elementary school districts that serve grades kindergarten through 8. The elementary school districts are paired with high school districts that serve grades 9 through 12.
Small portions of Phoenix are served by unified school districts, which serve grades K through 12.
High School Districts
Elementary School Districts
Phoenix is served by Sky Harbor International Airport
, which is centrally located in the metro area near several major freeway interchanges east of downtown Phoenix.
Sky Harbor is the ninth-busiest airport in the U.S. and 18th in the world for passenger traffic, handling more than 41 million travelers in 2006. The airport serves more than 100 cities with non-stop flights.
Public transportation throughout the metropolitan area is provided by Valley Metro
, which operates a system of buses and a rideshare program.
Valley Metro is currently building Valley Metro Rail
, a light rail project, which is scheduled for completion in 2008.
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