Living in Phoenix
In the aftermath of the population surge, downtown Phoenix experienced renewed interest and growth resulting in numerous restaurants, stores and businesses opening or relocating to this area. This caused a rise in the amount of jobs, which is reflected in the four Fortune 500 companies based in the city: Avnet, Freeport-McMoRan, PetSmart and Republic Service. The population boom brought in people from all over the nation and even from other countries, influencing the local culture. Phoenix currently boasts cuisines from all over the world, such as Korean, Cajun/Creole, Chinese, Greek, Italian, Indian, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese.
The downtown region is also home to numerous performing arts venues including the Phoenix Symphony Hall, which is home to the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, the Arizona Opera and Ballet Arizona. Along with this, dozens of museums exist throughout the Valley: the Phoenix Art Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, Hall of Flame Firefighting Museum, Arizona Science Center and the Children’s Museum of Phoenix.
Hundreds of parks and preserves are conveniently nearby. The Phoenix city park system has 182 parks containing over 41,900 acres making it the largest municipal park system in the nation. Some of the more popular ones are Camelback Mountain, Encanto Park and Sunnyslope or “S” Mountain. South Mountain Park, the largest municipal park in the U.S., is also the highest desert mountain preserve in the world and the Desert Botanical Garden is one of the few public gardens dedicated to desert plants; displaying samples from all over the world. The Phoenix Botanical Gardens also features arid plants and is acclaimed worldwide for its exhibits and educational programs. Right next door is the Phoenix Zoo, which is the largest privately owned, non-profit zoo in the United States and has developed an international reputation for its efforts in animal conservation.
Phoenix is also one of only 13 American cities to have representatives of all four major professional sports leagues: the Phoenix Suns (NBA), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Arizona Cardinals (NFL) and the Arizona Coyotes (NHL). One of the biggest sports-related attractions in Phoenix though is golf due to the number of courses in the area, which exceeds 200.
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