About Phoenix


Phoenix is the capital of and the largest city in Arizona.  It is the 6th largest city in the US, with a population of 1.5 million in the city itself (as of 2012) and 4.3 million in the entire metropolitan area (as of 2011).

It is home to a very diverse population: 47% White, 41% Hispanic/Latino, 6% Black/African-American, 3% Asian, and 3% Native American.  32% of the population speaks a language other than English (mainly Spanish).

Arizona State University is located in nearby Tempe with an enrollment of over 72,000 students.





Known as the "Valley of the Sun," Phoenix is very hot during the summer months, the average high being over 100 F from June to August.  However, the weather during the remainder of the year is very moderate, the average high being 80 F and staying above 66 F even during the "coldest" winter month of December.  For this reason, Phoenix is a popular destination for conferences and vacations, especially for people who enjoy the outdoors.  Phoenix averages 37 days of rain per year.






Phoenix has many popular performing arts venues, museums, festivals, and parks (great for hiking!), including:

  • Phoenix Art Museum: largest in the Southwest
  • Heard Museum: prominent Native American exhibit
  • South Mountain Park: the world's largest municipal park
  • Papago Park: home of both Desert Botanical Garden and Phoenix Zoo


Phoenix is home to many professional sports teams:

  • Arizona Cardinals (NFL)
  • Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
  • Phoenix Suns (NBA)
  • Phoenix Mercury (WNBA)
  • Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)

University of Phoenix Stadium was the host of the Super Bowl in 2008 and 2015.

University of Phoenix Stadium is also home of college football's annual Fiesta Bowl, including the College Football Championship Game in 2011 and 2016.

Tournament Players Club is home of the annual Waste Management Phoenix Open of the PGA Tour.

Phoenix International Raceway hosts 2 annual NASCAR races.

Phoenix is the host of the MLB's spring training Cactus League.


Phoenix is most known for its authentic Mexican food, although it is host to excellent Korean, Brazilian, and French cuisine as well.

A few of the most acclaimed restaurants in Phoenix include:

  • Pizzeria Bianco: Chef Chris Bianco won the James Beard award in 2003 for Best Chef: Southwest.  Quoted as "the best pizza in the country" by the New York Times.
  • Distrito: Iron Chef Jose Garces won the James Beard award in 2009 for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic for Amada, his restaurant in Philadelphia.  



Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is located less than 5 miles away from Maricopa Medical Center.  It is the primary regional hub for US Airways and is a major airport for Southwest Airlines.