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Moving to and Living in the Valley of the Sun

If you’re moving to the Valley of the Sun, or if you already live in the Phoenix area, you’ll like this information about our area.

Valley of the Sun Weather

Enjoy life in the Valley of the Sun at the Desert Botanical Garden

Let the Sunshine In!

Settled in the midst of the Sonoran Desert, the Valley of the Sun enjoys sun filled days and beautiful nights. The sun shines for approximately 300 days per year, in the Phoenix metro area. Locals say that there are two seasons, “Hot and Hotter” because it’s a dry heat, with very little average humidity.

Our average daily temperature in July hovers around 91°F (33°C) with temperatures topping 100°F (38°C) for a few weeks, during the peak of summer. January is the coolest month where the weather is mostly calm, with the daytime temperature averaging 54°F (12°C) and dipping down to around 39.2°F (4°C) at night.

Phoenix averages just 8 inches of rain a year, though Arizona has a monsoon season that runs from June to September. Monsoon season comes with the increased heat and brings the unpredictability of higher humidity, sudden thunderstorm and lightning activity, heavy rain, hail, wind and dust storms. These sudden dust and rainstorms are known locally as haboobs and can appear suddenly, as if out of nowhere.

Preparation is the key to making it safely through monsoon season. Phoenicians navigate the storms without incident, by keeping abreast of weather changes and knowing how to handle them.

Food and Nightlife

Did you know that the Valley of the Sun is a Foodie Haven with indie culinary gems waiting to be discovered?

The best way to experience Arizona cuisine is by exploring enchanting Sonoran-style Mexican food, rarely found outside of Arizona. The fresh and flavorful ingredients, that carry a Native American influence, differ other regional favorites including Tex-Mex, New Mexican, and even Baja style. 

Mouthwatering dishes feature a variety of beef including: machaca,  carne asada, and al carbon. Sonoran meals are prepared on a theme of simplicity combined with distinctive flavors, with origins in ranchero culture, and a high emphasis on fresh ingredients. Meals, inspired by the agricultural offerings of the Sonoran Desert, include fresh tomatillos and a signature spicy red sauce of tomatoes, chilies and jalapeños.

Our local dining scene is making strides with recent restaurant openings throughout the Valley. You can make a stop at several saloons to sample mesquite-grilled Western grub or opt for fare from hometown diners and college town locales.

There are spots for those who crave Jamaican, Creole or Southern classics. A variety of Seafood restaurants abound as well as global flavors from places like Europe, featuring French influenced cuisine and bona fide Italian ristorantes. There’s a medley of Asian experiences to delight your senses including a sampling of Chinese, Japanese and Thai restaurants to fit every yen. Greater Phoenix features buffets that rival a Las Vegas dining experience.

Finally, foodies seeking a relaxed vibe with vegan and vegetarian delights or gluten free cooking won’t be disappointed. Locals also love to hit a farmer’s market, where they can buy various seasonal specialties.

 Are you interested in nightclubs and nightlife? Each community has unique downtown areas where local bars, clubs, and music venues dot the landscape.

Valley of the Sun Geographical Area

Most people don’t realize how big the Valley of the Sun is. The City of Phoenix is the 11th largest city in the country and is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas. The Valley is currently home to around 4.5 million people. Both Maricopa and Pinal Counties are included in the Metro Phoenix area, with a greater population than many states. Counties are larger in Arizona and geographically the area covers approximately 14,600 square miles.

With so much area to cover, determining where to live may be a bit challenging. Our team is experienced in finding just the right home to fit your unique needs, in the most desirable areas, where you want to live.

Our Valley is home to several Active Lifestyle Communities, serving those 55 and older. Many of the most popular Adult Communities, in Mesa, are Farnsworth built.

Incorporated Cities and Towns in Phoenix Metro, Maricopa County Include:

Apache Junction, Avondale, Buckeye, Carefree, Cave Creek, Chandler, El Mirage, Fountain Hills, Gila Bend, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Guadalupe, Litchfield Park, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Phoenix, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Surprise, Tempe, Tolleson, Wickenburg and Youngtown.

Unincorporated Communities of Maricopa County that are considered part of Metro Phoenix comprise:

Anthem, Chandler Heights, Desert Hills, Higley, Laveen, New River, Ocotillo, Perryville, Sun City, and Sun City West.

Additional regional, commuter cities include: Florence, Globe, Miami which are located southeast of Phoenix; Maricopa, and Casa Grande which are respectively situated southwest and south of Phoenix.

Business and Enterprise in the Valley of the Sun

Many people move to Phoenix for work or to start and grow their business because we have an affordable cost of living, when compared to national metropolitan areas. Metro Phoenix has and abundance of co-working spaces and is the home of the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation, a small business job creation incubator. Employment opportunities range from education, healthcare and technology to retail, manufacturing, and hospitality.

Local Start-ups, share the landscape with Fortune 500 companies, that are headquartered in the Valley:  

  • Avnet Rank: 128 HQ: Phoenix
  • Freeport-McMoran Rank: 176 HQ: Phoenix
  • Republic Services Rank: 296 HQ: Phoenix
  • Insight Enterprises Rank: 417 HQ: Tempe
  • Magellan Health Rank: 475 HQ: Scottsdale
  • On Semiconductor Rank: 492 HQ: Phoenix
  • Phoenix Metro Area boasts several Fortune 1000 companies as well:
  • Sprouts Farmers Market Rank: 550 HQ: Phoenix
  • Amkor Technology Rank: 587 HQ: Tempe
  • GoDaddy Rank: 898 HQ: Scottadale
  • Carlisle Rank: 595 HQ Scottsdale
  • Taylor Morrison Home Rank: 616 HQ: Scottsdale
  • Pinnacle West Capital Rank: 654 HQ: Phoenix
  • Microchip Technology Rank: 675 HQ: Chandler
  • Meritage Homes Rank:706 HQ: Scottsdale
  • First Solar Rank: 740 HQ: Tempe
  • Benchmark Electronics Rank: 835 HQ: Scottsdale
  • Knight-Swift Transportation Rank: 849 HQ: Phoenix

*Business rank accurate as of 12/2019.

Phoenix Home of Professional Sports

Phoenix is the home of several professional sports teams:


Arizona Cardinals home field is State Farm Stadium


Arizona Coyotes (NHL) who play at Gila River Arena and the associated AHL team the Tucson Roadrunners at the Tucson Convention Center


Phoenix Suns NBA and Phoenix Mercury WNBA and both play at Talking Stick Resort Arena.


Phoenix Rising FC is homed at the Phoenix Rising FC Soccer Complex located in the Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community, FC Tuscon at Kino Sports Complex, and FC Arizona who will play at Mesa Community College field.


Arizona Diamondbacks whose home ballpark is Chase Field, located downtown Phoenix. Their Spring Training field is Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale.

14 more Major League baseball teams  form the “Cactus League” and bring their Spring Training to the Phoenix Area:  

  • Chicago Cubs: Sloan Park, Mesa
  • Chicago White Sox: Camelback Ranch-Glendale, Phoenix
  • Cincinnati Reds: Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear
  • Cleveland Indians: Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear
  • Colorado Rockies: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale
  • Kansas City Royals: Surprise Recreation Campus, Surprise
  • Los Angeles Angels: Tempe Diablo Stadium, Tempe
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: Camelback Ranch-Glendale, Phoenix
  • Milwaukee Brewers: Maryvale Baseball Park, Phoenix
  • Oakland Athletics: Hohokam Stadium, Mesa
  • San Diego Padres: Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria
  • San Francisco Giants: Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale
  • Seattle Mariners: Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria
  • Texas Rangers: Surprise Recreation Campus, Surprise