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Pros

-Pleasant winters
-Entertainment
-Air service

Cons

-Intense summer heat
-Growth and sprawl
-Rapidly rising home prices


What Bert Has To Say About Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale Metro Area


Originally a resort city, Phoenix has grown phenomenally in the past 40 years into a full-scale urban center- largely made possible by the advent of air-conditioning. The Phoenix metropolitan area covers over 1,000 square miles. Downtown, which is fairly modest for a city its size, features a few skyscrapers, the capitol, government offices, and a few quality museums. Surrounding downtown are several large and fairly distinct city-suburbs, mostly built on a sprawling grid, in some cases separated by low hills. These include the large middle-class suburbs of Peoria, Mesa, Chandler, and Glendale; upscale Scottsdale; and the college area of Tempe which serves as home to Arizona State University. All areas are modern and generally lacking in historic interest, but keep in mind that Phoenix only had 100,000 residents in 1950.

As best exemplified by its temperatures, Phoenix is a city of extremes. It has the highest average July temperature of any U.S. metropolitan area—almost 105 degrees. Many days are over 115, and temperatures exceeding 120 occur occasionally. Even though this is “dry” heat, it is still oppressive. At 164 per year, the area has the second most days of any metropolitan area over 90 degrees. In 2003, a record nighttime low temperature of 96 was observed, and nighttime temperatures in the 90’s happen frequently. Getting into a car that has been sitting outside in summer can be a memorable experience for outsiders. Winters, on the other hand, are quite pleasant- daytime highs in the 60’s and 70’s, only a few evenings below freezing, and no snow. It is little wonder that wealthy “snowbirds” from other parts of the country have used Phoenix as a winter hangout for years.

The low ranking is mainly the result of summer heat, air quality, crime, increasing costs, and a relatively weak collection of arts and culture amenities for a city this size. The economy has been driven in part by high-tech companies relocating from California, particularly in semiconductor, software and defense fields, and these companies recently have been doing fairly well. Moreover, the area is seen as a good escape route from the expense and crowding of California. It is also becoming a “first destination” for Asian immigrants and has always been popular with middle-class Mexican immigrants.

Trapped in a geographic bowl and dominated by long automobile trips, the area has some of the poorest air quality in the United States. On the plus side, Phoenix is the national hub for USAir (formerly America West Airlines) and a regional hub for Southwest, producing an abundance of air choices and reasonable fares.

Major-league teams for football (Cardinals), baseball (Diamondbacks), basketball (Suns), and hockey (Coyotes) all play in the area, and Arizona State University brings additional sports excitement. There is plenty of entertainment and especially restaurants in the area’s seemingly endless strip malls. Golf amenities are excellent, featuring nationally recognized golf resorts.

There is little night life in the downtown, but there is plenty in the suburbs in Tempe, Scottsdale and others. Weekend getaways can take residents north into the mountains and even to alpine climates towards Sedona and Flagstaff. Shorter afternoon or evening getaways in posh and relatively lush Scottsdale can also bring relief from the stress and the heat of this expansive desert city.

Phoenix is located in the Salt River Valley, a broad, desert valley surrounded by desert mountains as high as the Superstition Mountains (5,000 feet). Natural vegetation is sparse to nonexistent; uncultivated freeway medians remain as plain dirt. Rain usually arrives in June as “monsoons”—tropical moisture flows from the south, which trigger large thunderstorms and raise humidity. Some Pacific storms get through mainly in March and April. Annual precipitation and annual cloud days are among the lowest in the country.


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Quick Facts About Maricopa


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Maricopa is 6.10 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Maricopa jobs have Increased by 1.99 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Maricopa's cost of living is 3.40% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Maricopa's population is 41,626 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 2,394.07 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 35 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Maricopa is $145,100. Home appreciation the last year has been 16.80 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Maricopa public schools spend $9,277 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 17 students per teacher in Maricopa.

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Comments


re: They messed up our beautiful desert! - 11/11/2
I would like to know how the older residents kept the desert pristine. How have the newer residents made it a mess? How have the newer residents shown disrespect for... (read more)
They messed up our beautiful desert!
I have lived in the Hidden Valley area of Maricopa for a dozen years. It used to be beautiful open desert peopled by inhabitants who loved the desert and kept it... (read more)
re: Maricopa AZ - 4/12/2007
Except for the fact that between 5a-10a it will prob take close to two hours to get into Phoenix, maybe an hour to an hour and a half to Tempe/Mesa. I lived in Maricopa... (read more)
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