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Moving to Arizona
The extremely popular Arizona is well known for its year-round temperate climate, as a Mecca for golfers, and for being home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon, hence the official state nickname of "The Grand Canyon State." This breathtaking state also boasts several more natural wonders: Havasu Canyon, Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge, the Petrified Forest, the Painted Desert, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, the Colorado River, and the Superstition Mountains. Arizona is a place of natural beauty. One-fourth of the state is forested with 11.2 million acres of national forest.
Arizona became the 48th state in 1912. Current population is in excess of five million residents which gives it a ranking of 23rd among all the states. In size, Arizona is in the top ten at number six, with an area of 113,600 square miles. Leading the nation in copper production, the Morenci Mine alone in eastern Arizona produces more than 750,000,000 tons of copper each year. The amount of copper on the Capitol building roof is equivalent to 4,800,000 pennies.
Now that you are moving to this warm, sunny state, impress your friends and family with these amazing Arizona facts:
State capital is Phoenix.
Petrified wood is the official state fossil.
Arizona observes Mountain Standard Time on a year round basis. The only exception is the Navajo Nation, located in the northeast corer of the state which observes the Daylight Savings Time change.
State Flower is the Saguaro Cactus Flower.
There is a possible 25 years in prison for cutting down a cactus.
The sun shines 85% of the time. Arizona has more sunny days than Florida or Hawaii.
Tombstone is home to the world's largest flowering rose bush, with an area of over 8,000 square feet.
State Bird is the Cactus Wren.
Phoenix is the largest city in Arizona (7th largest city in the US), followed by Tucson, Mesa, Glendale and Scottsdale.
Money magazine's "Best Places To Live 2006" named Scottsdale #7 in the US.
The Arizona trout is found only in Arizona.
The original London Bridge was purchased by Robert P. McCulloch, Sr. and shipped stone by stone to Lake Havasu City where it was rebuilt for a cost of $3 million. The bridge opened in 1971.
The famous Wyatt Earp gunfight at the O.K. Corral in 1881 did not actually occur at the O.K. Corral. It happened nearby on a vacant lot on Fremont Street and lasted all of thirty seconds.
At one time, camels were used to transport goods across Arizona.
Sports fans will enjoy several professional teams: Arizona Cardinals football, Arizona Diamondbacks baseball, Phoenix Suns basketball, and Phoenix Coyotes hockey team.
Remember what they say about Arizona it's hot, but it's a "dry" heat.
Enjoy your new home Arizona!