Fun facts you may not know about Phoenix

The city of Phoenix is a growing metropolis that has deep roots in the southwestern U.S. Named after a mythological bird – the Phoenix, an immortal bird that rises from its own ashes – the sixth-largest city in the U.S. is home to world renowned arts, music, and a colorful history.

Here are ten fun facts about Phoenix:

  1. The Sonoran Desert, where Phoenix is located, is actually one of the greenest and wettest deserts in the entirety of North America because the Sonoran Desert gets 3-15 inches of rain every year.
  2. Movies such as “Waiting to Exhale,” “Raising Arizona,” and “Psycho” were all filmed in Phoenix.
  3. Over 16 million people visit Phoenix each year.
  4. Phoenix has hosted the Super Bowl three times: Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, Super Bowl XXX 1996, and Super Bowl XLII 2008.
  5. Phoenix has more sunny days than any other metropolitan city in the U.S.
  6. Phoenix is home to South Mountain Park and Preserve, the largest municipal park in North America. The park covers more than 16,500 acres and has more than 50 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails.
  7. Phoenix’s Waste Management Open draws in more spectators than any other event on the PGA tour – nearly 500,000 spectators. In 2013, 179,022 people attended the Waste Management Open in a single day, a total which set a new world record.
  8. At one time Phoenix was thought to be home to the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola, which explains why the Spanish Conquistadors came to the explore the area in the mid-1500s.
  9. There are 22 Native American tribes, communities and nations in Arizona—more than in any other state—and more than 300,000 American Indians call them home.
  10. Sky Harbor airport in Phoenix is the 10th busiest airport in the nation, serving about 40 million passengers a year.