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Incorporated 1881
Form of government Council-Manager
Population (fifth largest city in United States) 1,421,298
(as of Sept. 30, 2004)
Area (in square miles) 514
(larger than Los Angeles)
Average annual temperature (Fahrenheit) 72.6
Average precipitation in inches 7.66
Average number of days of sunshine per year 325
Moody's (bond rating) Aa1


Did you know...
Phoenix covers more than 514 square miles and has a population of 1.4 million, ranking it the fifth largest city in the country.

Phoenix is a premier destination, with more than 300 sun-filled days a year and average temperature of 74 degrees.

More than 50 percent of the population is between 18 and 54 years of age, which is younger than the national average.
In January 2000, after a yearlong, in-depth study of management efficiency by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, Phoenix was the only city among the nation’s 35 largest urban centers to earn an overall grade of “A.” Phoenix also was named the “Best Run City in the World” in 1993 by the Carl Bertelsmann Foundation and has earned numerous other awards for efficient government operations.
The greater Phoenix area is a $50 billion marketplace driven by technology. World-leading companies such as Intel, Avnet, Motorola, AlliedSignal, Honeywell and Boeing Company have chosen Phoenix for their corporate and regional headquarters.
Industry giants such as STMicroelectronics, American Express, Phelps Dodge, Sumitomo Sitix, Prudential, Charles Schwab and Mayo Clinic have major operations in Phoenix.

Bonds and Taxes

Standard & Poor's (bond rating) AA+
City sales tax rate 1.8%
City property tax rate
(Per $100 of assessed valuation) $1.82

Aviation
Number of airports 3
Passengers enplaned and deplaned 35,500,000
Takeoffs and landings 2001 (includes general aviation) 561,000


Did you know...
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the fifth busiest in the U.S. and the world for passenger traffic for takeoffs and landings, handling more than 36 million travelers in 2000.

The airport serves more than 100 cities with non-stop flights, and British Airways, Air Canada and Lufthansa are among carriers providing international flights to destinations such as London, Toronto, Mexico and Frankfurt, Germany.

Fire and Police
Sworn Firefighters 1,375
Fire stations
(Includes temporary station 49) 47
Sworn Police officers 2,734
Police briefing stations 8

Housing/Human Services
Federally assisted housing units 7,364
Senior centers 17
Reserve-a-Ride transportation
(elderly and disabled clients served) 162,139
Family service centers 5
Head Start classroom sites 74
Head Start classrooms 163
Senior Companions 94
Phoenix Workforce Connection employment
and training placements (2003-04 figures) 1783

Libraries
Libraries 14
Library books and audio visual materials 2,178,625
Library card holders 977,507
Annual circulation 12,264,467
Annual visitors 4,276,266

Parks and Recreation
Total acreage (includes Mountains Preserve) 37,188
Parks cleaned and maintained 207
Mountain parks 7
Municipal golf courses (five 18-hole/ three 9-hole) 8
Miles of bicycle pathways 412
Municipal swimming pools 29
Municipal tennis courts 136

Public Transit
Bus fleet 464 (that only like one bus for every 3000 residents)
Average daily ridership 118,225
Miles of ServiceAnnually 15,792,000
Dial-a-Ride vehicles 113
Dial-a-Ride service hours annually 295,000

Solid Waste Management
Residences served 294,291
Residential solid waste collected annually (tons) 567,000
Residential solid waste disposed at city landfills (tons) 519,755
Material collected through recycling program (tons)
(100,000 participating households) 436,383

Street Transportation
Miles of street 4,675
Signalized intersections 977
Left-turn arrows 1,178

Water Services
Number of water connections 363,000
Water production (billion gallons annually) 103.1
Water treatment plants 5
Wastewater treatment (billion gallons annually)
(Total treated for Phoenix and surrounding areas) 66.2
Wastewater treatment plants 2
Water reclamation plants 1

Other
Civic Plaza
Convention Center, 340,000-square-feet
Theater-style seating in Ballroom for 3,800
Symphony Hall, 2,500 seating capacity
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Did you know...
Located in the heart of downtown’s Copper Square, the Phoenix Civic Plaza is a 24-acre facility that has hosted national and regional conventions, trade shows, consumer events and theatrical productions since 1972. It has accommodated more than 35 million people, playing host to an average of 540 events annually.

The plaza is surrounded by more than 95 restaurants, top hotels, retail shops, a 24-screen movie theatre complex, history, science and cultural museums, US Airways Center and Chase Field Ballpark – all within walking distance. Sports teams that play in Copper Square include the Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Phoenix Suns (NBA), Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) and Arizona Rattlers (AFL).
The $600 million expansion of the Phoenix Civic Plaza will triple the amount of rentable space, positioning Phoenix as a top destination for 85 percent of all conventions. New buildings open in 2006 and 2008, followed by interior renovations of the existing South building. When expansion is completed, the Phoenix Convention Center will provide a spacious, high-tech and client-friendly facility with approximately 900,000 square feet.

Orpheum Theatre, 1,400 seating capacity 1
Cricket Pavilion
(year-round open-air amphitheater capacity) 1
18,000
Phoenix Zoo
more than 300 species
more than 1,300 animals
more than 150 endangered animals 1
Hotels and resorts
with 21,272 rooms
first-class/full service facilities with 40
or more rooms 83


Last Modified on 04/18/2006 15:03:59

http://phoenix.gov/CITYGOV/stats.html

this is a pretty interesting page of stats I found on the city website its quite interesting that theres almost 5000 miles of road in the city limits and only 464 buses
 

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Only 118,000 riders per weekdays? Phoenix seems to be more car dependent than transit dependent. Metro Transit gets about almost 300,000 riders per weekday here in Seattle and there's similar amount of people in King County compared to Phoenix. There's more than 1,200 buses in the fleet compared to only 464 in Phoenix, that's sad!
 
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