Phoenix Metropolitan Area Information
In the Greater Phoenix metropolitan area, you’ll find everything from world-class hotels and resorts and fine dining to exhilarating adventure, breath-taking golf courses, trendy shopping, modern nightlife and enriching culture. Phoenix is not only America’s fifth largest city, it embodies a sophisticated, urban region of 3.7 million people with a marketplace valued at more than $50 billion. They are consistently recognized for their strong job growth and entrepreneurial environment. The Phoenix area’s strategic Southwest location has made them a choice business and innovation hub with international access for aerospace, high-tech, bioscience, advanced business and sustainable technologies companies. The population is young, educated, multi-cultural and upwardly mobile and Phoenix residents are as equally dedicated to hard work as they are to play. Cultured and artistically minded, new and long-established residents alike share an appreciation of the unique land they call home. The area also possesses wonderful museums and galleries, Native American and Old Western history, a variety of sporting events, hiking, biking, horseback riding and other outdoor activities perfectly appropriate for Arizona’s more than 300 days of sunshine each year.
- Arizona Local News – www.azcentral.com
- Scottsdale Downtown – www.scottsdaledowntown.com
- Scottsdale Arizona CVB – www.scottsdalecvb.com
- Arizona travel & vacation guide – www.arizonaguide.com
- State of Arizona website – www.az.gov
Located just eight miles east of downtown Phoenix, Scottsdale has grown from a one square mile collection of cattle ranches and farms into 185 square miles of cosmopolitan resort communities with over 245,000 residents and an estimated six million visitors yearly. It has become internationally recognized as a high-class tourist destination, while maintaining its own identity and culture as “The West’s Most Western Town.”
Set against the backdrop of the Sonoran Desert Scottsdale gives visitors and residents numerous opportunities for outdoor adventure in places like the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and McDowell Mountain Regional Park. While Scottsdale is in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, it is remarkably green due to greenbelts, parks, small fishing lakes, recreational complexes and playing fields. In addition there are many indoor activities as well. Arts enthusiasts will love the city’s more than 125 galleries, studios and museums. Scottsdale is one of the top destinations for art in the United States and attracts world-renowned artists to its galleries, museums and performing arts centers. The growing medical community includes the western campus of the Mayo Clinic, as well as Scottsdale Healthcare’s newly expanded Shea and Osborn campuses. Scottsdale also offers an incredible shopping experience at a multitude of beautiful complexes such as The Shops at Gainey Ranch, The Borgata, Kierland Commons and The Promenade, as well as the impressive mega-mall Scottsdale Fashion Square.
More than 300 days of sunshine each year make Phoenix the perfect year-round destination. Whether you want to relax at a world-class resort, stroll through museums and galleries, experience lush golf courses or explore the wonders of the Sonoran Desert, here is where you’ll discover the desert you never knew.
The city of Paradise Valley is located within the Phoenix city limits. As a diverse entity, Paradise Valley, consists of two separate sections. The first section is located just north of Camelback Mountain and holds mainly elite, high priced homes in the Sonoran Desert Hills or tucked behind estate walls. This area is almost entirely residential. It encompasses several resorts, as well as exclusive shops and restaurants. The second is situated around Paradise Valley Mall. This area contains retail developments, apartments, condominiums, single family homes and town homes as well as small estates with horse privileges and several golf courses. The area is known for its excellent schools and overall quality of family life.
Scottsdale Fast Facts
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|8.6 million in 2010 with an economic impact of $2.9 billion221,000|
1,182 people/square mile
185 square miles, stretching 31 miles north to south
6th largest city in Arizona
1,260 (average) feet above sea level
66 degrees in January, 105 degrees in July average
9.3 inches per year, average
Chili — by mayoral proclamation
51 in Scottsdale, 207 in the surrounding area
40 miles of shared use paths
More than 70 with a combined total of more than 13,700 rooms
More than 600
More than 125
Scottsdale is easily accessible via two airports, Phoenix Sky Harbor International and Scottsdale Municipal. Serviced by 21 major airlines, Sky Harbor International has more than 1,500 flights arriving and departing daily, and offers non-stop service to 114 cities worldwide. Scottsdale Municipal offers complete services for corporate jets and charters.
Arizona State Fast Facts
State Population: 6,392,000 (2010 U.S. Census)
Statehood Date: February 14, 1912
State Flower: Saguaro Cactus Blossom
State Bird: Cactus Wren
State Tree: Palo Verde
State Gem: Turquoise
State Motto: Ditat Deus (God Enriches)
Highest Peak: Humphrey’s Peak in the San Francisco Mountains – 12,633 feet above sea level
Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time. Please note that with the exception of part of the Navajo Reservation, Arizona does not observe daylight savings time.