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Phoenix, Arizona

Population: 1,512,986

Metro Area Population: 4,039,182

Phoenix is the region's primary cultural, economic, and financial center. It's a premier destination with more than 300 sun-filled days a year and an average temperature of 72.6 degrees. Over 50% of the population is between 18-54 years of age, which is younger than the national average.

Trends of Employment:

Numerous high-tech and telecommunications companies have recently relocated to the area. Due to the warm climate in the winter, Phoenix benefits greatly from seasonal tourism and recreation, and has a particularly vibrant golf industry. In recent years many Internet companies have found a home in Phoenix. Internet companies like eBay, AOL,, IPowerWeb, and Easynews all have major office located in Phoenix.

Cost of Living:

Phoenix's cost of living is 4.23% higher than the U.S. average. The Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale Metro Area's cost of living is 4.03% higher than the U.S. average.

Based on Sperling's BestPlaces, Phoenix's income per capita is $22,390, which includes all adults and children. The median household income is $45,931. The Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale Metro Area's income per capita is $25,194, and the median household income is $52,081.


The average one-way commute in Phoenix, AZ, takes 29 minutes. Valley Metro operates a system of buses. A rideshare program and a light rail project (METRO Rail) opened in December, 2008. Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) provides air travel to the area.

Companies and Internships in Phoenix

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Graduate Schools

Universities in or near Phoenix that offer post-baccalaureate degrees:
(* = satellite campus; Partial listing)

  • Arizona State University
  • The University of Arizona
  • Midwestern University-Glendale
  • University of Phoenix
  • University of Arizona College of Medicine
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • DeVry University and Argosy University

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