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If you love the sun, Phoenix boasts 299 sunny days per year, which is much higher than the average of 205 for the nation. Summers are hot with highs averaging 105 degrees, but winters are mild with lows averaging 43.

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phoenix, az at a glance

Plan to pay a little more for things in Phoenix. The cost of living is almost 9% higher than it is nationally. 

Some of the top employers in Phoenix include:
– Banner Health
– Honeywell
– American Express
– Mayo Clinic

Phoenix Sky Harbor makes it easy to get in and out of the city. The Valley Metro Rail system connects the airport to downtown and links several other communities.

Phoenix serves kids in 483 public schools and 95 private school options. Students can continue their education at numerous colleges, including Arizona State University and Phoenix College.

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where to live, have fun, and explore


If you prefer a suburban feel, consider Arcadia, which is full of ranch homes on larger lots, often with citrus trees. It has lots of popular restaurants and shopping malls with convenient airport access.

Popular with retirees, Biltmore offers mature trees, grassy areas, gardens, and citrus trees. Two championship golf courses appeal to many people. 

 The Downtown Phoenix area keeps you close to the best big-city amenities in a spot that’s popular for young professionals. 

If you love hiking or generally staying active, you might like Ahwatukee’s location near South Mountain Park. It’s great for hiking, biking, and walking.

Hiking trails, mountain access, and golf courses highlight the features of the North Mountain neighborhood. It’s primarily a quiet residential area. 

Encanto sits north of downtown and is popular among young professionals. It offers several parks and museums as well as LGBTQ+-friendly nightlife spots. 

This neighborhood falls between Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak, making it an ideal spot if you like to hike. It’s also close to attractions, shopping, and dining. 

Central City is home to Sky Harbor International Airport and encompasses many museums, theaters, and sports entertainment centers to keep you busy.  

Deer Valley offers mountain views and trails that make outdoor enthusiasts feel at home while still keeping shops and restaurants nearby. 

Upscale Desert Ridge is a master-planned neighborhood close to freeways, shopping, and nightlife. It’s a popular family neighborhood.

things to do in phoenix

Check out the following festivals and events that happen in Phoenix:
Arizona State Fair: The Arizona State Fair happens in September and October each year and includes live music, animals, contests, and food booths. 
Phoenix Comic Fest: Comic, anime, and gaming fans gather at the 3-day Phoenix Comic Fest in June each year.
Arizona Aloha Festival: Taking place during the second weekend of March, the Arizona Aloha Festival celebrates Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures with music, performances, and other entertainment.
Dia de Los Muertos Festival: This festival lets you enjoy a unique cultural experience with a variety of activities, including a community altar, print-making, and face painting. 
Arizona Renaissance Festival: The Arizona Renaissance Festival lets you step back in time in February and March. It takes place on a 50-acre village with 16 stages and plenty of activities.

Phoenix hosts several major sports teams. Check out these teams:
Arizona Cardinals: Originally called the Cardinals, this NFL football team is one of the oldest operating teams in pro football history. 
Phoenix Suns: Watch these players compete in the NBA.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Named after the Diamondback rattlesnake, this Arizona MLB team celebrates the state’s rich Hispanic culture with the Spanish translation of “snakes” written across their uniforms. 
Arizona Coyotes: This team plays in the Western Conference of the NHL.
Phoenix Mercury: Enjoy some basketball, with this WNBA team.

For a night out, visit Old Town Scottsdale with everything from the ’50s-inspired, Cuban-style Canal Club to AZ88, an LGBTQ+-friendly spot. Downtown Phoenix offers many trendy spots, including the Cobra Arcade Bar and several cocktail spots. It’s also home to the Crescent Ballroom, which hosts national music acts. The Mill Avenue District and Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter are also popular.

If you have little ones, Phoenix has lots of kid-friendly spots, including:
Phoenix Zoo: See animals from all over the world at the Phoenix Zoo, the largest privately owned, nonprofit zoo in the United States. 
Children’s Museum of Phoenix: Kids can explore over 300 interactive areas in this museum.
Arizona Science Center: This downtown science museum brings learning to life for all ages.
OdySea Aquarium: Make a stop at the largest Southwest U.S. aquarium as your kids discover underwater wonders.
Legoland Discovery Center Arizona: Kids can build, ride, and meet characters here.

When moving to Phoenix, you can’t forget about your furry friends. Pet-friendly spots to check out include:
Hance Dog Park: Let your pup stretch its legs off the leash at this park.
Deem Hills Recreation Area: Pets can join you on a leash.
Papago Park: Your dog can go on a hike with you in this pet-friendly park. 
Steele Indian School Park: This park has a dog park with separate large- and small-dog areas and seating areas.

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phoenix restaurants & breweries

Phoenix is home to an eclectic range of cuisines, including Mexican, Caribbean, Asian fusion, and barbecue. Fry Bread House is a popular spot that’s received recognition from the James Beard Foundation. Pizza is another popular option at spots like Cibo Pizzeria. Explore the wide range of culinary experiences to find your Phoenix favorites.

environmental standards

Phoenix, Arizona, has been actively addressing its unique environmental challenges by focusing on water conservation, renewable energy adoption, and urban planning strategies that prioritize sustainability and resilience in the face of desert conditions. The city’s commitment to smart growth and innovative solutions underscores its efforts to create a greener and more environmentally conscious community.

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phoenix moving & storage

CEND streamlines moving to Phoenix, AZ, with a variety of customizable services. Load your belongings or hire packers. Store your items on either end of the move. CEND can help no matter what your move to Phoenix looks like.