This sort of sentence represents a major coping mechanism for Phoenicians during summer months when temperatures soar to 100 degrees and beyond. Other than the heat, the Valley of the Sun is known for such things as tourism, high-tech industries the Phoenix SunsPhoenix Coyotes and Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball. And, during the recent cold spell in January, the news reporters joked: “But it is a cold heat.”

Here’s a sampling of a few pertinent facts ready-made for conversation:

  • Sunshine is in huge supply in Phoenix. The Valley averages 211 clear days and 85 partly cloudy days per year.
  • Arizona has more boats per capita than any other state in the nation. 



  • More than 13.3 million people visit the Valley of the Sun each year. 
  • Visitors account for about $6 billion in expenditures each year. Eight out of 10 visitors to the Arizona Valley plan to return. 
  • Sixty-one percent of Arizona Valley visitors are leisure travelers, while 39 percent come here for convention or business reasons.
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the sixth-busiest airport in the country and the eighth-busiest worldwide. 
  • The geographical area containing Phoenix and surrounding cities is commonly called the Valley. That’s because the city is partially surrounded by mountain ranges such as the Superstitions to the east, the Sierra Estrellas to the southwest, the White Tanks to the west and the McDowells to the northeast.