Phoenix, Arizona is the capital city of the Grand Canyon state, and more specifically the desert headquarters of the vast and expansive Valley of the Sun. Phoenix proper holds a population just over 1,500,000 (2010 census)- the largest in Arizona and the 6th largest in the United States. The city is accommodating to all kinds of residential areas, from busy city apartments to remote gated mountain mansions. Its grandeur size and population leads to many job opportunities and comfortable, affordable living for all walks of life. The city gives a seemingly endless list of activities for interests far and wide. Like the nightlife? Downtown Phoenix is always happening, and also home to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns. More focused towards nature? Phoenix contains dozens of ways to traverse the desert scenery. Mountain trails for hiking and biking are abundant, including the famous Camelback Mountain and world’s largest municipal park, South Mountain. The Phoenix Zoo is amongst the best in the nation. Past these attractions and sights, residents will enjoy all the comfort desired and deserved in a modern city, for Phoenix is known for its top-notch cuisine, plush shopping options, and gorgeous housing. With so much opportunity and activity for everyone, it’s no wonder this place just keeps growing and growing.
Right in the heart of the Valley lies a 185 square mile strip of land home to 227,000 known as Scottsdale. From its wild west roots to its current state, this city has no shortage of character. Garnering possibly the biggest reputation amongst Valley cities, Scottsdale is known for being a lavish and upscale city within the surrounding beautiful desert oasis. Dozens of mountains surround the city, offering plenty of hiking and biking trail options. Those looking to relax should look no further, for Scottsdale provides seemingly endless options of golf courses, spas, resorts, and other leisure retreats. Shopping is a main vein of downtown, or Old Town Scottsdale, including the renowned Fashion Square and old town shops. Those looking for nightlife afterwards need not even leave the area, Old Town houses dozens of nightclubs and bars brought in by Las Vegas owners, leading to comparisons to South Beach, Florida. For more tame entertainment without the sacrifice of luxury, Scottsdale also features upscale attractions such as Top Golf, Butterfly Gardens, Talking Stick Resort, and hundreds of other dining and shopping venues. Springtime brings the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, and San Francisco Giants to Salt River Fields and Scottsdale Stadium, respectively, while also hosting the Waste Management Open for golf in early February. Whether it be a whole family, single twentysomething, retiree or even seasonal resident, there are places to go and things to do for everyone in this happening city. With luxurious homes and continuous entertainment, it is hard not to see the spoils of living in Scottsdale.
Just below the central Valley strips of Scottsdale and Phoenix lies Tempe, 40 square miles with a population of 170,000. Most known for housing the vast campus of Arizona State University, this south Valley town has a lot more to it than just students. While surely a college town, the city of Tempe caters to much more than one crowd with its densely packed urban area. Shopping and entertainment is seemingly at any corner of the city, with Tempe Marketplace, Arizona Mills Mall, and dozens of other shopping centers available for your convenience. Those looking for nightlife will enjoy Mill Avenue, one of Arizona’s most notable bar districts featuring clubs, pubs, and constant action. Headquarters of multiple Fortune 500 companies form a skyline of sorts against the Tempe Town Lake, a dammed portion of the Salt lake that provides plenty of marine activities for locals. Annual events such as the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Tempe New Years Block Party provide exciting staples at the beginning of each year. Sports fans will enjoy watching ASU play in Sun Devil Stadium and Wells Fargo Arena, as well as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the springtime when they take to the dugouts in Tempe Diablo Park. Papago Park offers the Phoenix Zoo and must-see hiking spots for nature lovers. Old or young, there are countless activities abound in this bustling city with affordable prices and comfortable living available to all.