In the city, there are year-round outdoor festivals, live music and theatre. The beautifully landscaped Desert Botanical Gardens includes a butterfly pavilion where a jazz band entertains every Friday evening. You may even see the Phoenix Lights, an unidentified flying object (UFO) phenomena.
Phoenix was first settled in 1867 as an agricultural area by farmers, and was incorporated in 1881. Phoenix sits on the northeastern edge of the Sonoran Desert, where canal irrigation made it possible to grow crops there. Most of the crops (alfalfa and hay) grown were to feed the city’s main business – cattle. At the time, the city’s economy rested on the five C's (climate, citrus, cotton, cattle and copper) until after World War II.
The area became a major manufacturing and supply distribution center for the military, with aircraft parts and munitions the mainstay during WWII. After the war, high-tech companies moved in and started manufacturing operations. Giants like Motorola, Intel and McDonnell Douglas soon had facilities here.
By the 1920’s, Phoenix had grown rapidly and the first skyscraper, the Heard Building, appeared downtown. The city began to promote itself as a tourist destination too. And, quickly took on the character of a visitors cultural paradise with art, music and performing arts venues springing up downtown. The opera, orchestra, ballet, museums and cultural centers began to fill the city.
Today, Phoenix has a little of everything, including over 500 hotels and 40 resorts. Attractions like Papago Park, with the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix Zoo and Hole-in-the-Rock formation draws locals and visitors alike. Phoenix is big on golf too with over 190 golf courses.
The city is home to racing too, with both the Phoenix International Raceway (motorized) and the Phoenix Marathon (foot-powered) here.
Phoenix has one of the largest city park systems in the U.S. with 189 parks covering 33,000 acres, including South Mountain Park with 16,500 acres by itself. Opportunities for swimming, bicycling, hiking, camping, trail riding and mountain climbing abound. Camelback Mountain, Encanto Park, Sunnyslope Mountain (S Mountain) and Tonto National Forest offer great close-in escapes from city life. If you want to get wet, there are water parks scattered throughout the city.
There is a strong Native American Indian influence in the area too, with the Heard Museum carrying Navajo jewelry and Hopi kachina dolls from the 19th century.
Business Space In Phoenix
Major business sectors in Phoenix include real estate, financial services, government, manufacturing, health care, retail, construction, waste management and tourism. Phoenix’s population has grown steadily since 2000, bringing in a solid 10% growth in the last ten years. This means Phoenix avoids of the whims of a fluctuating economy.
Phoenix is home to three Fortune 500 companies – PetSmart, Republic Services, Avnet, and Freeport-McMoRan. Other large employers are American Express, Best Western, Honeywell, Choice Hotels, US Airways, Sprouts Farmers Market, GoDaddy, Avella, Isagenix International, LifeLock, Auction Systems, Matrix Medical Network, Mach 1 Global Services, HomeSmart and Synergy HomeCare.
When considering leasing Phoenix office space, there is more to consider than magnificent desert landscapes. The three business districts - Downtown, Midtown (Central Avenue Corridor) and Biltmore (Camelback Corridor) – each have unique attributes to consider.
The Downtown area contains several unique districts. Central Avenue has the first mall in the country, built in the 1950’s, restaurants, theatres, high-rises and cultural attractions, like the Phoenix Art Museum. Evans-Churchill is home to the arts scene and the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. F.Q. Story district is a historic 1920’s area with a great mix of small bungalows, dining and entertainment. Grand Avenue contains converted warehouses full of art galleries, trendy bars, locally owned boutiques and auto dealerships. The Greater Coronado historic district has hundreds of small businesses. The Warehouse district is home to restaurants and bars, and sporting complexes, like Chase Field and the US Airways Center. Willo district is one of the largest historic districts in the city and has upscale shopping and dining options.
Midtown, is situated just north of Downtown, and is considered the most desirable business address in Phoenix with major banks, financial institutions, hi-tech companies, major law firms and government agencies.
Further west is the upscale Biltmore District, located along Camelback Road, and includes the Biltmore Hotel, Biltmore Fashion Park, as well as one of Phoenix's primary business districts (the Camelback Corridor). GoDaddy, LifeLock and Sprouts Farmers Market, high-tech, financial services, banks and healthcare companies are the primary business base here.
Facts about Phoenix:
Phoenix is 518 square miles in area, sits at 1,068 feet above sea level, and is located in Maricopa County. The greater Phoenix area covers 16,573 square miles.
Phoenix is the 6th largest city in the USA, and has a population of around 1.5 million people, with 4.3 million people in the greater Phoenix area, according to the 2010 Census.
The median age is 32 years old, but only 10% of the population is over 62 years old, meaning the majority of the population skews to those in their 40’s and 50’s.
The racial mix of Phoenix is 46% Caucasian, 41% Hispanic, 6% African American, 3% Asian and 3% Native American Indian, and 1% other races.
The average low temperature in November is 44° F, and the average high temperature in July is 106° F, with an average of 107 days a year over 100° F.
Phoenix averages over 330 days of sunshine a year, and it rarely rains with an average of only 7 inches of rain a year. It rarely snows, but temperatures outside the city occasionally fall below freezing.