The Phoenix Metropolitan Area includes several cities that are right next door to each other and extend over 80 miles from east to west and 40 miles from north to south. When we talk about Phoenix and The Valley of the Sun, the area includes Scottsdale, Glendale, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Carefree, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Peoria, Avondale, Litchfield Park, Paradise Valley, Sun City, Wittmann and Surprise, all within Maricopa County
Arizona: Nation's second fastest growing state
Phoenix: 1,512,986 as of 2006 - 5th largest city in the U.S.
Maricopa County: 3,768,123 as of 2006
Average Age - 31.7 years old in 2006.
Average Rainfall - less than 8 inches
Average Sunny Days in the Valley are more than 300 per year.
Average Drive to Work Time - 22 minutes.
Average Daily Temperature in July is 102 degrees.
Average Electric Bill per APS statistics (assumes a 2,500 square foot house with a family of 4 and a pool) is $180 to $200 per month in summer, $85 to $105 in winter
There are more than 180 area golf courses, private and public.
Arizona has 67 man made and natural lakes and more boating per capita than any other state.
The Valley of the Sun is home to 23 Indian Reservations that represent 21 Native American Tribes.
Cross Country and Downhill skiing only 2 hours away.
The Valley of the Sun ranks 5th in the availability and quality of arts and culture in the country offering more than 30 museums and 160 art galleries, The Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera Company, The Herberger Theater and the newly renovated Orpheum Theater.
The Desert Botanical Garden has the largest variety of desert plants and cacti collection in the world.