Phoenix is the county seat of Maricopa County and the most populous city in the state of Arizona, it is one of the most populous cities in the country. The city is the anchor of the Phoenix metropolitan area, also known as the Valley of the Sun. It is located near the conflux of the Salt and Gila Rivers, and surrounded by desert. There are numerous of outdoor activities including many premier golf courses. The city is home to many professional sports teams, including all four major sports leagues in the country. Phoenix offers something for everyone, no matter what your interests are; history, sport, arts, food, or if you just want to relax at a spa. The climate is hot desert climate typical of the Sonoran Desert, and the city is located in the region with the most sun in the world.
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Housing Statistics in Phoenix According to US News the cost of buying a home in Phoenix is approximately $235,000, which is slightly more than the national average but it is less than other coastal metros such as San Francisco. The monthly cost to rent a home is more than the national average. The cost of living in the city is slightly less than other major metros in the country, but slightly more than the national average.
Living in Phoenix The city's location near desert, mountains, and water attracts visitors from all over the world. The Grand Canyon, Meteor Crater, Desert Botanical Gardem, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Montezuma's Well, Montezuma's Castle, and Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, are just a few examples of popular outdoor attractions in the Phoenix area.
For those who are more interested in sports, the city is home to teams in all four major professional sports leagues. The Arizona Diamondbacks of the Major League Baseball plays their home games in the downtown park Chase Field. The Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association plays their home games in the downtown arena Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League plays their home games in State Farm Stadium, located in suburban Glendale. The Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League plays their home games in Gila River Arena, located in Glendale. There are also many other professional and college sports teams in the city.
The city is home to numerous museums, galleries, and other performing arts venues. Heard Museum, Taliesin West, Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona Space Center, and Children's Museum of Phoenix are some examples of popular attractions. Even though Phoenix is surrounded by desert, it is a premier golf destination with over 200 golf courses in the area. There is also the Phoenix Zoo featuring a Monkey Village, Safari Train, Stingray Bay, Giraffe Encounter, shops, cafes, lush gardens, and much more. In Dolphinaris Arizona you can encounter and interact with bottlenose dolphins, either on dry land or in the water.
Transportation and commutes in Phoenix Almost all working Phoenix residents commute by driving alone, or commute vial carpool. The public transportation is operated by the Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority (Valley Metro), who services light rail, buses, and a ride-share program.
Inter-city rail service is provided by Amtrak's Texas Eagle, between Los Angeles and Chicago. Amtrak's Sunset Limited between Los Angeles and New Orleans, also has a stop in Phoenix. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is the major airport in the area, and one of the busiest in the country. The airport has flights to domestic destinations all over the country, some seasonal. There are international flights to many destinations, primarily to Canada, and some destinations are seasonal.