Life in Phoenix
Welcome to sunny Phoenix, AZ
Like the mythical bird that shares its name, the city of Phoenix has risen from the dust of the desert to become the 5th largest metropolitan city in the United States. Phoenix isn't called the Valley of the Sun for nothing as the sun shines about 300 days a year and the average yearly temperature is 72.6 degrees.
Whether you like spending your free time indoors or out, there's plenty to enjoy. The nearby mountains are a great escape to cooler weather in the summer and a great place to snow ski in the winter. The beaches of California and Mexico are only hours away. Plus, the city is surrounded by numerous lakes, hiking trails, and campgrounds. Phoenicians enjoy a wide array of restaurants that will satisfy any palette, relax in a spa at one of the area's many 5-star resorts or shop till you drop in world-class shopping centers.
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Arts & Entertainment
Can't get enough of the arts and culture?
Phoenix and its surrounding cities offer a multitude of different attractions, festivals and cultural events. As home to over 20 different museums, Phoenix can satisfy your curiosity about Native American heritage, space exploration, Arizona's natural minerals and more. Phoenix is also home to a wide range of art museums and art galleries. Learn about fashion design, contemporary art, Asian art or even European art at the Phoenix Art Museum. You can also get the kids involved with a visit to the Arizona Museum for Youth.
Ever wonder what goes on at an Ostrich Festival or at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire? Phoenix is home to the answers! The city hosts festivals like these in many of the surrounding cities, including Scottsdale, Tempe, Fountain Hills and Glendale.
Have kids or just feel like being a kid again? The Phoenix zoo was voted one of the nation's Top 5 zoos for kids and has over 1200 animals representing over 200 species from all seven continents. Want to feel like you are back in the Wild West? Rawhide is an authentic frontier town with gunfights, a shooting gallery, gold panning, cookouts and even a real blacksmith! There's also a Desert Botanical Garden, the Wildlife World Zoo and Cosanti, a unique bio-climatic architectural environment right in Paradise Valley, to visit and enjoy.
Still want more? Visit the Phoenix Theater or listening to the divine music of the Phoenix Symphony. And don't miss Ballet Arizona!
Education & Healthcare
Schools system & access to healthcare
Education – With more than 55 school districts serving over 400,000 student's education is a top priority in Arizona. Students have access to every tool necessary to make their learning experience a success. To find out more follow this link for the Arizona Department of Education's website. In addition to Arizona's public school system, there are also private schools and charter schools to fulfill any need your child may have.
Arizona is also home to three state Universities, numerous community colleges, and several tech/trade schools.
Healthcare – Phoenix provides access to some of the most up-to-date technological advancements and procedures. You'll find everything from major medical facilities to Urgent Care Centers to non-profit community healthcare. All PetSmart associates will enjoy access to a comprehensive medical care package.
Sports & Recreation
Whichever sporting event or outdoor activity you are looking for, Phoenix has it all—the Valley of the Sun is home to professional sports teams, including the 2001 World Series Champions Arizona Diamondbacks, The Arizona Cardinals, The Phoenix Suns, The Phoenix Mercury and the Phoenix Coyotes. Twice a year, Phoenix invites racing fans from near and far to come and enjoy the experience of NASCAR at Phoenix International Raceway.
If you aren't a native of Phoenix you can still root on your home team during the spring months when major league baseball teams from all over the nation descend on the city for spring training.
In addition, Phoenix can support even the most active lifestyle. With more than 40,000 acres of parks and mountain preserves, hiking, mountain biking, camping, and fishing are never far from home.
If it's the links you desire, Phoenix is home to over 150 golf courses and hosts the FBR open, one of the largest stops on the PGA tour.