Great things to know about Phoenix
Are you a Phoenix, Arizona local? Or a transplant or tourist who just love Phoenix? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then do you think you know everything there is to know about your beloved metropolis?
If not, then read on because there are wonderful facts that even those who lived and breathed Phoenix air since they were born probably don’t know about. Sit back, relax and read the following list of great stuff to know about Phoenix in the comfort of your lovely home with that beautifully installed garage door.
There is an official definition of the Phoenix downtown
Are you one of those people who think that downtown Phoenix is simply that area with the tall lovely buildings? Then you are in for a shock because the official downtown Phoenix actually runs from Seventh Avenue to Seventh Street and from the railroad tracks to Fillmore or even Roosevelt. This means that the original townsite and more is included. Anything north of this definition is what comprises Midtown and north of the Indian School Road is Uptown. Amazing, right?
Phoenix’s coldest day is more than a hundred years ago.
Of course Phoenix residents and tourists alike know how hot the temperature can be in Phoenix. But did you know that the metropolis actually recorded its coldest day more than a century ago today, in January 7, 1913, which was 16 degrees. Of course, the hottest temperature is 122 degrees, recorded on June 26, 1990.
More than half of Phoenix residents are transplants
Sixty percent of the current Phoenix population are made up of transplants. Only 40 percent of Phoenicians have actually been born in Arizona, and that’s according to the official statistics of the Census Bureau. Phoenix has actually the lowest rate of Arizona-born people.
Phoenix has the biggest population among all state capitals in the United States
As a testament to perhaps how wonderful it is to live in Phoenix, it is currently the most populated state capital. It has about 1.5 million people more than Indianapolis, the second biggest capital in the United States.
The current Phoenix downtown was actually built over ancient civilizations.
There were previous civilizations that inhabited Phoenix, such as the Hohokam. In fact, the current Phoenix Civic Plaza has been built over the ruins of 3,000 year-old houses. How amazing is that right?
Phoenix is one of the largest American cities.
Did you know that Phoenix is bigger than New York and Los Angeles? It is an amazingly large metropolis, only slightly smaller than Anchorage, Alaska; Jacksonville, Florida; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Houston, Texas.
Phoenix is also one of the highest American cities.
Yep, Phoenix stands at an elevation of more than 1,100 feet.
There are only two occasions when Phoenix got an inch of snow.
The first one was in the 1930s and the second one was in December 21-22, 1990 when 0.4 inches of snow was recorded.
Phoenix’s South Mountain Park is the largest city park in the United States.
The South Mountain Park is 20 times the size of New York’s Central Park, at 16,000 acres.