Valley of the Sun
The Valley of the Sun
Phoenix and its more than 20 surrounding communities are known as the “Valley of the Sun” – and that’s not surprising, given Arizona’s climate and its blisteringly hot growth over the last several years.
One of the leading regions of the Southwest during the real estate boom years of 2003 until about 2006, Phoenix and its neighboring communities have always benefited from an influx of relocating families, singles and retirees and continue to do so today, with more than 50,000 people choosing to relocate to the area each year.
In fact, between 2000 and 2010 the city of Phoenix alone experienced a 24 percent population increase, from some 1.3 million to more than 1.6 million residents covering 517 square miles, making it the sixth largest city in the country. It also is the second fastest growing metropolitan area in the country, following only Las Vegas. In all, more than 4.3 million people call the communities in the Valley of the Sun home – and for good reason.
Consider that, in 2008, Phoenix was ranked number one as the “nation’s largest metro area for recruitment and attraction”– and that Arizona as a state was ranked the “best market in the nation to attract business expansions and relocations” – both by Expansion Management magazine.
Phoenix residents are not alone in recognizing the city’s appeal. The city has been praised by other organizations, including receiving the National Community Recycling Leadership Award from the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a nonprofit public service organization dedicated to recycling rechargeable batteries and cell phones.
The city is a diverse and exciting combination of factors – from its status as Arizona’ capital city and home to several major professional sports teams to its incredible scenery – the city is surrounded by mountains on all four sides – and a demographic that appeals to young singles to retirees and everyone in between. It’s true that there’s really something for everyone!