If you love breathtaking natural beauty, this is the state for you! Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon, stunning desert rock formations, and many more jaw-dropping natural wonders. And while much of the state is covered by deserts and rocky outcroppings, it might surprise you to learn that 1/4 of the state is forested, including 11.2 million acres of National Forest land.
The state spans 113,998 square miles, and is home to about 6.6 million people (according to 2009 figures). Of these, about 4.3 million live in the Phoenix metropolitan area. About 1/3 of the state is Catholic, with various Protestant faiths making up a significant portion of the remaining population.
The state’s capital is Phoenix, a city known both for music and sporting events. The music in Phoenix includes classical and opera venues, as well as an active heavy metal music scene. Zoos and numerous art museums are also located in the state’s capital.
The economy of Arizona is quite robust, and if the Arizona state gross product was measured independently of the United States, the state would have the 61st largest economy in the world!
If you’re moving to Arizona, you’ll be eager to learn more about the state…
- The amount of copper on the roof of the state Capitol building is equivalent to 4,800,000 pennies…not surprising, as one of the state’s nicknames is “The Copper State”.
- Famous Arizona residents include Sandra Day O’Connor, John McCain, Steven Spielberg, and David Spade.
- The famous shoot-out at the O.K. Corral took place in Tombstone, Arizona.
- The state bird is the cactus wren and the state flower is the Saguaro cactus blossom.
- The Great Seal of the State of Arizona features the Latin phrase “ditat deus”, meaning “God enriches”.
- The largest freshwater striped bass ever caught in the state was hooked at Bullhead City. It weighed in at a whopping 59 lbs. 12 oz.
Once you’ve moved to Arizona you’ll be looking for some interesting things to do. Here’s a list of several places you may want to check out:
- Arizona is home to many stunning vistas, from the Grand Canyon to Meteor Crater to the Painted Desert. Other notable geographic features include the Colorado River, the Petrified Forest, and Monument Valley.
- Sports fans can enjoy the state’s NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB teams, as well as an arena football league, a WNBA team, and a minor league baseball team. Several PGA tours stop in Phoenix, and the NCAA rivalry between Arizona State and the University of Arizona makes for some dramatic sports moments.
- Film buffs can travel all over the state to see the iconic locations used in their favorite films. Movies filmed in Arizona include Casablanca, Raising Arizona, Clear and Present Danger, Thelma and Louise, and numerous Westerns.