Phoenix is the capital and most populous city in Arizona. With approximately 1,563,000 people, Phoenix is the sixth most populous city nationwide, the most populous state capital in the United States, and the only state capital with a population of more than 1 million residents. Located dead center of the metropolitan area, Phoenix is the anchor of the entire area.
Since 1979, Phoenix has been divided into urban villages, many of which are based upon historically significant neighborhoods and communities that have since been annexed into Phoenix. There are 15 urban villages: Ahwatukee, Alhambra, Camelback East, Central City, Deer Valley, Desert View, Encanto, Estralla, Laveen, Maryvale, North Gateway, North Mountain, Paradise Valley, Rio Vista, and South Mountain. The urban village of Paradise Valley is different than the nearby town of Paradise Valley. Although the urban village is part of Phoenix, the town is independent.
In addition to the above urban villages, Phoenix has a variety of commonly referred-to regions and districts, such as Downtown, Midtown, Uptown,West Phoenix, North Phoenix, South Phoenix, Biltmore, Arcadia, and Sunnyslope. All have their own unique looks and feels. Because of this, Phoenix has the most diverse real estate – purchase an 1880’s historic mansion or a 2010 townhome with a view. The options are endless.
Three words to describe Phoenix: progressive, community, skyline