Life in Phoenix, Arizona

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Are you thinking of moving or relocating to Phoenix, Arizona? Would you like to know what the quality of life is like living in Phoenix?
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Phoenix is hot, hot and hot. If you travel to Phoenix in the summer make sure you wear a hat and also make sure you don't get out of the air conditioned car or leave your air-conditioned house. summertime brings heat that soars well over a hundred and can get up to a hundred and fifteen. That's on a cold day! Just kidding about that, but most locals stay indoors and enjoy their cool homes when the sun beats down unbearably. Winters are livable, as the temperature drops down to the 80s and even into the 70s occasionally. Winds have become a problem for Phoenix residents. Clouds of dust that rise several miles high and are several miles wide have blotted out the sun for hours at a time and created havoc on roads and freeways because of lack of visibility. No snow, but heavy rain and flooding can occur when you least expect in the summer monsoon season.Never leave valuables in your car if you step away, even for a few minutes. When you get back, they will be gone. This seems to happen mostly at shopping centers where it appears that someone is always watching for an opportunity to steal something. This doesn't just happen in Phoenix, but in all cities, big and small. You just notice it if you live there or are in the city a lot. Another frequent problem and quite noticeable is graffiti. There's a lot of it in Phoenix. No one ever sees the culprits but there's generally fresh graffiti somewhere in town on any given night.Phoenix has some very safe and well-heeled neighborhoods such as Willo and Palmcroft and the historic Del Norte districts. A lot of the expensive homes in the Phoenix area are organic looking. That is, they are modern and almost nondescript designs with brown desert color on the outside but have all the amenities you need for comfort and coolness on the inside. Scottsdale, however, although it is a suburb of Phoenix is considered by many people, all across the nation, to be one of the nicest places to live in the world. Many folks who own property in this incredible area just come for the winter when it's too cold where their other house is. Another part of Phoenix where it is pleasant to live is near Arizona State University. The neighborhoods are clean and well maintained and the crime rate is rather low. Some parts of Phoenix with the highest crime and the most abandoned houses are in Peoria, Avondale and Goodyear. These are suburbs just west of downtown Phoenix and have been hit hard by the economic turndown and have the most coverage on local TV news stations regarding crime.If you have a pair of cowboy boots, some Levis, a rodeo shirt and Stetson, you're going to fit in well here in Phoenix. On the other hand, no one is going to give you a second look if you wear boat shoes with no socks and shorts and a Hawaiian shirt with sunglasses. With the second get up you'd be a perfect candidate for Newport Beach, California, but once you're in Phoenix, you will have seen just about every kind of fashion statement that exists. There are basically three different types of people who populate this beautiful valley: white folks, Hispanic people and Native Americans. There are other races but these are the most noticeable. White folks got here later than everyone else and they kind of took over. The Hispanics used to own the papers on this land but they sort of got them taken away when the white folks came in. The Native Americans held the original deeds to the valley and were disenfranchised for a few hundred years. Now, they are becoming deed holders again and also becoming some of the richest people in the state by way of their highly successful casino businesses.
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There are several pretty nice malls in the Phoenix area. Desert Sky Mall, CityScape and Metrocenter mall are all well equipped for any shopping needs. Desert Ridge Marketplace and Biltmore Fashion Park have upscale leanings and some great eateries. Indoor malls are perfect for Phoenix because their air conditioning invites shoppers to stay and enjoy the cool temperature along with great shopping and eating.There is plenty of fine and casual dining in downtown Phoenix. The Blue Hound Kitchen at Cityscape is a great place for American fare. Believe it or not, Ye Olde Spaghetti Factory, on Central Avenue, is still one of the best pasta joints in the city and is continually busy, which of course means that people just love it.There are hundreds of public schools in the Phoenix area and many of these are top rated. They can stand toe to toe with just about any other school district in the country.Phoenix is a great place to be single. There are tons of restaurants, night clubs and shopping centers where singles have an opportunity to meet. There are also several universities in the area for those in that age bracket.
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The only noise to be avoided, which really isn't that bad, is freeway noise. Unless you're trying to sleep or even have a conversation near the freeway, you probably won't even notice it's there.Phoenix has more shopping centers than its neighbors, Peoria and Avondale. It also has more restaurants, homes, choices of schools and jobs than either one of its neighbors. It has more social services, city services and more police and fire services than either of the two other towns. Phoenix simply has more and arguably a higher quality of living. Things are closer to Phoenix residents and affordable. Phoenix citizens have less crime per capita and it is a better place to live because of all the available services and nicer and safer neighborhoods.The Mayo Clinic is in Phoenix and so is St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. These two medical centers are the best in the state and they have state of the art equipment and rooms for their patients.There is plenty to do in the Phoenix area such as the Phoenix Zoo, the Mesa Arts Center and the Phoenix Theatre. But one of the most interesting place to spend a few hours or the whole day for that matter, is the Arizona Science Center. This place has so many cool exhibits that you'll wonder why you never became a scientist after all. There are things for kids and adults of all ages. Many of the projects are interactive and once you go there you'll be thinking about it for the rest of the year.
General comments   
Phoenix is a big city with a lot of shopping centers and a lot of dust and blue skies. It's a mixture of old fashioned cowboy independence and a new world metro shopping state of mind. You can take your pick as to which one you prefer. They are both here and that's really part of the big picture of Phoenix. it's part of the identity of this city. The independent feel of its citizens makes this town different from say a big West Coast or an East Coast city. Phoenix's residents, all of Arizona's residents, treasure their independence and they don't shy away from telling people how they want things done. The best way to explain the Phoenix impression is Tombstone and Wyatt Earp. He and his brothers simply were not taking any guff from anyone.   
Phoenix, Arizona population: 1445632

How many black people live in Phoenix? How many white people?
Number of White People951958Percentage of White people65.9%
Number of Black People109544Percentage of Black people7.6%
Number of Hispanic People603715Percentage of Hispanic people41.8%
Number of Asian People62799Percentage of Asian people4.4%
Number of American Indian People43724Percentage of American Indian people3%

Note: Numbers may add up to >100% because some people are more than one race.

Phoenix, Arizona

Percent college grads: 25.5%
Percent grad school grads: 9.1%
Unemployment rate: 7.4
Median house value: 221800
Median income: 48823

How many singles in Phoenix?

Single men ages 20-34Single women ages 20-34Ratio of single men to women age
118669962161.23men for each woman
Single men ages 35-44Single women ages 35-44Ratio of single men to women age
45048416651.08men for each woman
Single men ages 45-54Single women ages 45-54Ratio of single men to women age
38280419590.91men for each woman

Crimes in Phoenix, Arizona
CrimesAbsolute numbersAverage percentage chance of being a victim in
by typeof crimesOne YearFive Years
Aggr. Assault41130%1%
Auto Theft77241%3%

Weather History for Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona Basic Temperatue and Weather (30 year averages)
MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year000000985961148
Realistic temperatures, taking into account precipitation, amount of sunlight during the day, winds during the day, and humidity during hot days.

MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year000000179761190

How many hot humid days a year does Phoenix, Arizona have?
How many cloudy days a year does Phoenix, Arizona have?
How many sunny days a year does Phoenix, Arizona have? How sunny is it?
How many windy days a year does Phoenix, Arizona have? How windy is it?
See below for the answers!
MonthNumber of hot, humid daysNumber of very windy daysNumber of windy daysNumber of somewhat windy daysNumber of calm daysNumber of clear daysNumber of moderately cloudly daysNumber of somewhat cloudy daysNumber of very cloudy days
Average year00038327187528435

(Note: Humidity, wind, and cloudcover information is based on (a) 30 year averages and in many cases (b) a large nearby weather station. If you're in an area with a lot of "micro climates" actual conditions may vary.)

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Sources of information: Census, FBI Crime Statistics, NOAA
Disclaimer: The information presented here are for the general population, assume the same rate of crime in the future, and an evenly distributed amount of crime throughout the city in question. They are not meant to accurately predict whether one person in particular will be a victim of crime. Percentages are based on the population of the city/town in question, except for burglaries, which are based on the number of households.