What can I expect from life in Arizona?

All of the buildings are new, as the state was founded only about 100 years ago. Now, we do have older buildings, or run down areas, but on the whole it’s a fairly new metropolitan area.

What are summers like in Phoenix, Arizona?

Let’s be realistic, summertime in Phoenix is mostly spent indoors, or in your car. You’ll shuffle from your home, to your car, and to your destination. It’s much too hot, even at night, to enjoy a park, or spend much time outside.

While that’s mostly true, there are a lot of exceptions! For example, every July 4th, hundreds of thousands of people get outdoors for Independence Day fireworks.

During the summer, we have a Monsoon season in Phoenix (and across the state), which produces some great thunderstorms. Unlike much of the country, we have fairly low humidity levels.

Any surprises that might be in store for someone visiting or moving to Phoenix, Arizona?

Snakes, scorpions, and our surprisingly dramatic monsoon weather. But seriously, you’ll probably be most surprised by how much you appreciate the low humidity we have for much of the year. Because of the dry weather, you’ll find you don’t sweat as much even when it’s warm.

Most people are surprised that Arizona isn’t all desert. Yes, we have a very diverse landscape (over 12,500 feet of elevation change across the state. You can wake up in Phoenix, go swimming in the morning, and then drive to Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff for an afternoon of skiing. While you’re there, explore the Coconino National Forest, home to a diverse forest of Ponderosa Pine, ancient volcanic peaks, and high desert. The forest is actually the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest in North America.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the metro-Phoenix area is home to an amazing restaurant and coffee culture. This can be surprising to people who haven’t lived in a city of this size. We have a lot of unique restaurants that serve amazing food. Beyond that, the state has a thriving coffee culture, with nearly 100 independent coffee houses across the valley.

Because Phoenix is a relatively new city, and is mostly flat, we have a easy to navigate road system. Roads are usually straight, and point North-South and East-West. The city is also divided into both a “west valley” and an “east valley.”

What are the people and community are like in Phoenix, Arizona?

If you ask people where they’re from most people will tell you they’re from somewhere else in the United States. The population of Phoenix exploded in the past 50 years, and as such most people are from somewhere else.

Friendly, diverse.

There are a lot of new homes. People are moving to Phoenix because of the job opportunities, the great winter weather, and to get away from other states with higher taxes. People from all over the world and the United States move to Arizona in fairly large numbers. In 2019, it was announced that Maricopa County is the fastest growing county in the United States, according to census data.

Some quick stats:

  • From July 1, 2017 to July 2018 there were 96,268 people that moved to Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale.
  • As of July 1, 2018, metro Phoenix has a population of 4,857,962.
  • Compared to a metro-area, Phoenix is only 2nd behind the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area of Texas.

How long does it take to drive from Phoenix to…

Driving around Phoenix is easy. You’ll find that in most cases you can get where you need in the city within about 30 minutes, unless you choose to live in a distant suburb like Apache Junction, Laveen, or Avondale.

Residents of Phoenix are well positioned to explore the greater southwestern United States.

Here are some typical drive-times:

  • The Grand Canyon is 4 hours away by car
  • Los Angeles is 8 hours away by car
  • San Diego is 6 hours away by car
  • Zion National Park is 6 hours away by car
  • Rocky Point, Mexico, is 4 hours away by car
  • Tucson is 2 hours away by car
  • Skiing is only 4 hours north in Flagstaff, Arizona

What are some interesting things to do if I have 3 days in Phoenix?

What should I wear in Phoenix in the summertime?

In summertime, you’ll want to wear shorts and a t-shirt if you’ll be outdoors or hiking. Check the weather!

What are car seat laws in Arizona?

Children under 5 years of age must be properly secured in a child restraint device that meets federal standards.

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