The city of Phoenix, dating to its incorporation in 1881, lies in central Arizona and is the largest city in the state. As of 2005, Phoenix was the sixth largest city in the nation with a population, when combined with the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area, of some 3.3 million. Between 1990 and 2000, in fact, the metropolitan area surrounding Phoenix was the fastest growing region of its kind in the United States. The population of Phoenix singles it out further as the largest state capital in the nation.
In Phoenix proper there are some 1.3 million people. Of those, seventy-one percent are Caucasian, five percent African American, and thirty-four percent Hispanic. The average income in the city is more than $40,000 so it would not be surprising to find Phoenix personals reading, "Upwardly mobile professional seeks upwardly mobile professional."
Using statistics for Phoenix dating from 2000, the city is forty-five percent Catholic, thirteen percent Mormon, and five percent Jewish with the remaining percentage points represented by members of various Protestant denominations. Given the high population numbers for Hispanics in the city the corresponding number of Catholics is not surprising.
Phoenix singles are drawn to the city's downtown area that has, in recent years, undergone extensive renovation. Downtown is now alive with interesting new restaurants and caf?s, coffeehouses, interesting boutiques, shopping venues and night spots. In addition, the Arizona Science Center, the Phoenix Museum of History, and the Phoenix Art Museum are all located downtown.
Sports is big in the city with major football events planned for Phoenix dating forward to 2007 and 2008. Cardinals Station, still under construction in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, will host the Fiesta Bowl in 2007 and more importantly, Super Bowl XLI in 2008. Can't you see those Phoenix personals now? "Single man with Super Bowl tickets seeks single woman who knows how to catch a long pass."
With it early origins as a family community changes began to occur in Phoenix dating from 1940 forward. Like many American cities in the years following World War II, Phoenix became an industrial center for its region (Central Arizona). Distribution facilities that had been put in place as part of the war effort were converted for industrial use and the economy of the city was off on its post-war boom.
Four times since 1950 Phoenix has had the singular distinction of being selected an All-American City pointing to not only its prosperity but the pride locals take in the development of their community. Another honor for Phoenix dating to 1993 was its selection to receive the Carl Bertelsmann Prize as "The Best Run City in the World."
With a semitropical climate and low-humidity, Phoenix often sees temperatures at or above one hundred degrees in the summer. In 1990 Phoenix hit a record setting 122 degrees. In spite of these temperature extremes, Phoenix is a city drawing increasing numbers of permanent residents and the growth shows no sign of slowing down. All signs indicate Phoenix will remain one of the most vibrant and progressive cities in the United States.