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Cities in the Spotlight: Phoenix

Phoenix is a good place for those who like warm weather.

Phoenix is a good place for those who like warm weather.

If you aren't a fan of the rain, and you like consistently good weather, with a lowered risk of natural disasters, Phoenix may be a good place to send your moving company.

The city has the largest population in the state of Arizona, as well as one of the largest in the country. The population is nearly 1.5 million. Citizens who don't have a car, or prefer to use public transit, can take advantage of multiple options, as the city has a light rail system, and a comprehensive bus route map. One benefit of the transit system is that it is not limited to Phoenix proper. You can take advantage of transit options that will get you through Phoenix, but also into neighboring Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale, Glendale and Peoria, along with other surrounding towns. The collective metropolitan statistical area is known as the "Valley of the Sun."

The city has hot summers and cool winters. According to The Weather Channel, the city has a summer high of 102 degrees, while the winter low temperature drops to 39 degrees. There is not much precipitation in and around the city, as only a few inches of rainfall occurs each year. The desert weather conditions make for a unique atmosphere that you won't find throughout much of the country.

Education options are numerous in the city, and its surrounding area. If you are looking for colleges and universities, the main campus of Arizona State University is in nearby Tempe. While the University of Arizona is in Tucson, there is a satellite campus in Phoenix. Additionally, Northern Arizona University also has a campus in the city, despite the main campus in Flagstaff. There are also many other colleges and community colleges in the city and its surrounding area.

Many sports options available in the area
The Phoenix area is filled with sports options, so sports-lovers will always have something to do. The city has the National Basketball Association's Suns, as well as Major League Baseball's Diamondbacks. While not in the city itself, both the National Football League's Cardinals and the National Hockey League's Coyotes play in nearby Glendale. Arizona State also plays many college sports, and has Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, which provides the venue for local, Division I college football.