40 Interesting Facts About Phoenix (Arizona)

Last updated on December 29th, 2020

31. Did you know that the Hall of Fame Museum in Phoenix is home to firefighting equipment and technology dating back to 1725? The museum houses some restored fire trucks that served as early as 1865 to late 1950s. Also, there are a plenty of antique firefighting helmets in the museum that are sourced from other countries to tell the story of the bygone era. To honor the sacrifices of the firefighters who lost their lives while doing duty since 1800, the museum also has the Hall of Heroes which has walls with the names of such heroes emblazoned on them.    

32. Phoenix is the county seat of the Maricopa County. Named after the Maricopa Native Americans, Maricopa County contains more than half the population of Arizona. It is also the fastest growing county in the United States. 

33. Maricopa County in area is larger than the states of New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, and Rhode Island.

34. Interestingly, Maricopa County is more populous than 25 states.

35. Maricopa is the closest stop to Phoenix on the Amtrak Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle lines.  

36. Maricopa city is the only city in the country bordered by two Native American Communities.

37. Maricopa County is the largest county in the United States to have a capital city. 

38. During the 1930s, the terms “The Valley of the Sun” was used as an advertising slogan to boost tourism in Phoenix and its surrounding area.

39. The average annual salary in Phoenix is below the national average.

40. According to a report by U.S. news, Phoenix is ranked as the 26th best place to live in the U.S. And the 35th best place to retire.

Phoenix, Arizona – quick facts and statistics

State nameArizona
Population1,703,078 (2020)
AreaTotal: 518.92 sq mi
Land: 517.67 sq mi
Water: 1.25 sq mi
GovernmentType: Council-Manager
Body: Phoenix City Council
MayorKate Gallego
(Assumed office on March 21, 2019)
Date of IncorporationFebruary 25, 1881
Major IndustriesAerospace and Defense,
Technology and Innovation,
Bio-science and Healthcare,
Business and Financial services,
Film and Digital Media.
State Routes51, 74, 101, 143, 202, 303
Zip codes85001–85099
Bordering countiesLa Paz County – west.
Yuma County – west.
Pima County – south.
Pinal County – southeast.
Gila County – east.
Yavapai County – north.
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Table last updated25 May, 2020