CLIMATE: For many, the
weather is the main attraction. Phoenix is a
premier destination boasting more than 300
sun-filled days a year and an average
temperature of 73 degrees.
ESTATE: Although home
prices are rising, Phoenix remains one of the
most affordable housing markets in the country.
Apartment dwellers also will find a nice
selection of affordable communities designed to
fit their lifestyles. There are a
wide variety of
homes to choose from in all price
becoming a major player in metropolitan & urban
living. The much desired & craved culture by
Phoenix resident's is beginning to shape up,
consequently giving a surge in popularity and
condos and high-rise living.
CRIME: Phoenix is safe
by big-city standards. Taking Phoenix's growing
population into account, the crime rate per
100,000 decreased by 31-percent between 1996 and
2005. This represents a 31-percent decrease in
the property crime rate and 27-percent decrease
in the violent crime rate per 100,000.
MARKET: The local job
market continues to grow at a steady rate, with
more than 100,000 total new jobs forecast for
2005. In 2005, Phoenix created more new jobs
than Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. Phoenix
has a young, educated, and growing workforce.
Bankers, business leaders and investors are
coming to the heart of Arizona’s Capitol -- to
invest their capital. In the last two years,
nine billion dollars in public and private
dollars have been invested in Phoenix. Standard
& Poor’s described Phoenix as having a broad,
diverse and expanding economy with strong
Newcomers will find a wide selection of charter,
public and private schools. Student test scores
are improving, computers are highly available
and schools are safe. Phoenix is also home to
Arizona State University - West, ASU Downtown,
Community Colleges and private colleges such as
the University of Phoenix and Grand Canyon
University. In addition, leading genomics
scientists from around the world have relocated
to Phoenix due to the cities strategic
investment in the Translational Genomics
Research Institute (TGen).
The area is home to a host of first-rate
post-secondary schools, ranging from trade and
technical schools to the state’s biggest
academic powerhouse. Arizona State
University has more than 57,000 students and is
the largest university in the state.
Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of
International Management, is consistently rated
by U.S. News and World Report as the premier
institution for international business education
in the nation. Other major institutions include:
Apollo College, Maricopa County Community
Colleges, DeVry University and the Art Institute
OUTDOOR RECREATION: Enjoy all the
weather has to offer with one of the many
outdoor educational opportunities including
the Desert Botanical Gardens, the Phoenix
Zoo and the Pueblo Grande Museum and
Archaeological Park. Phoenix has the largest
mountain park preserves in the nation along
with the 17,000 acre South Mountain, the
largest municipal park in the world. The
National Golf Foundation named Phoenix the
“Golf Capital of the World.” Recreation
opportunities include more than 200 golfing,
golf courses, hiking, bicycling, and boating
at nearby lakes.
CULTURE: Phoenix’s exciting arts and
culture scene includes the Phoenix Museum of
History, Arizona Science Center, Herberger
Theater, Phoenix Symphony Hall, Dodge
Theatre and the historic Orpheum Theater.
Visitors can also see the Ballet Arizona,
Arizona Opera, Actors Theatre of Phoenix and
the Valley Youth Theatre. Art lovers can
visit the Phoenix Art Museum and the famous
Heard Museum and many other arts
organizations such as Art Link.
Collegiate and professional sports
thrive in the Phoenix area. Phoenix is the
home of the Phoenix Suns, Arizona
Diamondbacks, Arizona Rattlers and Phoenix
Mercury. On any given day, Phoenix attracts
more than 5 million sports fans.
RAIL: The metropolitan area’s new light
rail system will began operation in 2008, runs through the heart of downtown and
provides convenient transportation for
downtown workers, residents and visitors. It
is still being expanded on today.
"Phoenix really is a city with a heart – a
place filled with energy and excitement,
opportunity and hope."
~ City of Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon
The Phoenix Chamber of