The Arizona state flag is by far one of the coolest in the country.

Bisbee named Best Historic Small Town in the country.

Arizona has an elevation range of over 12,500 feet.

Phoenix boasts 296 days of sunshine each year.

Living in Phoenix costs 84% less than San Francisco.

The average winter temperature in Phoenix is 60° F.

Flagstaff averages 100.3 inches of snowfall annually.

Phoenix Art Museum has a collection of more than 17,000 pieces.

The original London Bridge has been reconstructed in Lake Havasu City.

Arizona has the grandest canyon of them all.

Arizona has over 60 wineries and vineyards throughout the state.

Phoenix has promising startups like Local Motors, WebPT, Infusionsoft, Parchment, Axosoft, Pure Chat, and Appointment-Plus.

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure was shot in Arizona.

In fact, many of your fave movies were shot in AZ, like Wayne’s World.

Revenge of the Nerds was filmed in Tucson.

Parts of Back to the Future I and III were too.

Of course, so was the Coen Brothers’ Raising Arizona.

And don’t miss the desert of Yuma in The Return of the Jedi.

Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving Time.

Arizona has the largest contiguous stand of ponderosa pines in the world.

Arizona was founded on Valentine’s Day and is called the “Nation’s Valentine.”

University of Arizona’s Entrepreneurship program ranked #3 nationally in 2011.

Phoenix Design Week connects and enlightens the design community.

Phoenix has growing communities like SeedSpot, Gangplank, CoHoots, HeatSync Labs, and AZ Tech Council.

The Phoenix Suns have been playing in the valley since 1968.

Disneyland is only a 6-hour drive from Phoenix. Las Vegas, 5 hours.

Arizona has the longest remaining section of Route 66, a total of 157 miles.

Arizona has 128 lakes, including Lakes Mead, Havasu, and Powell.

Thunderbird School of Global Management ranked #1 International Full-time MBA in 2013.

The memes you love come from Arizona, including Llama Drama and Grumpy Cat.

Phoenix has awesome developer meetups like NodeAZ, Girl Develop It, Phoenix JavaScript, and PHX iOS Dev.

Nearly 70 unique food trucks serve Phoenix, including faves Short Leash Hotdogs and Pizza People.

The Arizona Coyotes melt both the ice and our hearts.

Barringer Crater is “the best preserved meteorite crater on Earth.”

You haven’t seen a sunset until you’ve seen an Arizona sunset.

Arizona hosts 15 Major League Baseball teams for spring training.

Ignite Phoenix inspires and entertains with 5-minute talks.

The Arizona Cardinals are the oldest continuously run franchise in the NFL.

Payson is home to the world’s oldest continuous rodeo, started in the 1880s.

The Petrified Forest has plant and animal fossils dating over 200 million years ago.

The Arizona Diamondbacks won the 2001 World Series in their fourth season as a team.

Arizona has over 300 golf courses and the weather to use them year-round.

Scottsdale offers over 200 miles of Sonoran hiking trails.

Why Arizona?

Perks aside, the best thing about Arizona is the available room to grow. We’re a young state (the third youngest in our nation) and not until the 1950s did Phoenix truly begin to blossom.

We are establishing ourselves as a place not only for great weather, but for diverse culture, exceptional education, and competitive careers. There’s never been a better time for people to make an impact.

And really, a place is only as good as the people who live there. So come to Arizona for any of the awesome reasons we listed above, but stay for the community.

Join us and share what you love about Arizona with #whyaz.

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