Phoenix is a member of Cities of Service, a bipartisan coalition of mayors who have committed to work together to lead a multi-year effort to expand impact volunteerism.
Did you know... Phoenix covers more than 519 square miles and has a population of over 1.4 million, ranking it the sixth largest city in the country and the largest capital city in terms of population. Phoenix is a premier destination, with more than 300 sun-filled days a year and average temperature of 74.2 degrees. With a median age of 31.9 (2008), greater Phoenix is the fifth youngest metro region in the country with a diverse, well-educated labor force of over 2 million people. Greater Phoenix has consistently outpaced the U.S. population growth over the last 18 years. Projections show the region is expected to grow by nearly 60 percent by 2030, bringing the population to more than 6 million people.
The primary employment sectors sectors and their share of total employment in the Phoenix metropolitan area consist of service industry (43%); trade (18%); government (14%); construction (5%); financial activities (8%); and manufacturing (6%). Major employers of the Phoenix metropolitan area include the state of Arizona, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Banner Health Systems, city of Phoenix, Wells Fargo and Company, Apollo Group, Inc., Maricopa County, Arizona State University, Bank of America, Intel Corporation, JP Morgan Chase and US Airways Group, Inc.
Greater Phoenix is a $181 billion marketplace that serves as a hub for innovation and entrepreneurs by providing international access for aerospace, high-technology, bioscience, advanced business services and sustainable technologies companies. Global companies such as Honeywell Aerospace, Freeport McMoran, Avnet, and Republic Services call Phoenix home, while companies such as American Express, USAA, SUMCO Phoenix Corporation, Charles Schwab, and Mayo Clinic have major operations here. In January 2000, after a yearlong, in-depth study of management efficiency by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, Phoenix was the only city among the nation's 35 largest urban centers to earn an overall grade of “A.”
Phoenix also was named the “Best Run City in the World” in 1993 by the Carl Bertelsmann Foundation and has earned numerous other awards for efficient government operations.