Phoenix Tourism

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Phoenix is the sixth largest city in the United States and is the capital of the state of Arizona. A whopping 4.3 million people call this city their home.

Historically, the unforgiving, arid desert land was made arable by the Hohokam peoples who lived in the area for more than 2,000 years. They abandoned the area in the 1400s after a series of droughts and floods. The area became a part of the New Mexico Territory after the end of Maxican-American War in 1848.

The city earned its name after a confederate veteran of the civil war Jack Swilling saw a potential for agriculture. Lord Darrell Duppa suggested the name Phoenix to mean a ‘city born from the ruins of another civilisation’. The town was officially recognised in 1868. The city has gained popularity as a tourist destination because of its exotic location in the middle of Sonoran Desert. Keep your sunblock handy when travelling to Phoenix!

Mountain lions, bobcats, rattlesnakes, jaguars, coyotes, roadrunners and many other desert dwelling animals and birds can sometimes be found within Phoenix boundaries. The economy depended on agriculture and the meat industry in the past but as expanded exponentially since then and now includes industries like real estate, tourism, financial services, construction and many others.

The city has also grown to become a hub for arts and culture with numerous performing arts venues and museums in and around the city like the famous Phoenix Symphony Hall and the Heard Museum which celebrates Native American Culture.

It’s a beautiful urban jungle to visit boasting of many scenic views and experiences and an exotic desert setting that you won’t forget.

Phoenix Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Phoenix tips for your visit

  • Wear lots of sunblock and carry an umbrella for protection against strong UV rays. It’s a good idea to carry a water bottle with you.
  • Do not drink under the influence of alcohol because Phoenix has harsh laws against it and it’s generally very dangerous! If you do not heed this warning, mandatory jail time waits for you along with some heavy fines.
  • Drivers may be aggressive on freeways.
  • Many bus stops in Phoenix do not have canopies. During the summers, waiting for a bus can be punishing. Avoid heat strokes and rent a car during peak summers.
  • Certain areas of South Phoenix may be unsafe. Be on your guard. Also, deserted areas are best avoided at night, even in the suburbs.
  • Running red lights is more common in this city than in any other part of the U.S. Use caution while crossing turns. Also, speeding tickets are issued aggressively.

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Facts and Stats for Phoenix*

  • Pollution Statistics in Phoenix

    Know the pollution level of Phoenix before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 60.11 (High)
    • Water Pollution 55.63 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 60.9 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 47.44 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 52.5 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 22.97 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 49.43 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 47.5 (Moderate)
  • Phoenix: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Phoenix for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Phoenix.

    • Burglary and Theft 63.43 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 46.27 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 58.58 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 49.22 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 50 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 63.26 (High)
    • Attacks 47.35 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 70.9 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 66.18 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 27.24 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 47.31 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 37.31 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 67.31 (High)
  • Living in Phoenix - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Phoenix is 152.79 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 42.93 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 53.97 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 63.08 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 30.45 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 67.61 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 66.85 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.95 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 133.99 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Phoenix

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Phoenix

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 40.33 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 74.48 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 41.19 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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