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( The Grand Canyon State )
Arizona Map The state's name comes from "arizonac", a Papago Indian word meaning "place of the small spring". Arizona was the 48th state to join the U.S. in 1912 - the last of 48 contiguous (connected) states to join the Union. Arizona, once thought to be an almost worthless desert, is now prosperous - the fastest growing state in the country. It is rich in farm and mineral products and manufacturing is growing rapidly. Vast irrigation systems have transformed the desert into rich farmland. Although the desert summers are very hot, the desert winters are warm and pleasant. Dude ranches, historic sites and magnificent scenery draw travelers to Arizona. The outstanding scenic feature is Grand Canyon, one of the seven wonders of the world. Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Arizona include:

The Flag of Arizona
Arizona state flag Entered the Union in 1912 as the 48th State; flag adopted in 1917. Red and yellow are the colors of Spain, while blue is for the United States and the copper star symbolizes mineral resources. The rays suggest the setting sun over the desert.

Largest Cities in the State
(2000) Phoenix, 1,321,045; Tucson, 486,699; Mesa, 396,375; Glendale, 218,812; Scottsdale, 202,705; Chandler, 176,581; Tempe, 158,625; Gilbert, 109,697; Peoria, 108,364; Yuma, 77,515
Business and Trade in Arizona
Agriculture: Cattle, cotton, dairy products, lettuce, nursery stock, hay.

Industries: Copper and other mining, electric equipment, transportation equipment, machinery, printing and publishing, food processing, electronics, tourism.

State Symbols and Emblems
  • Bird: Cactus Wren
  • Flower: Saguaro cactus blossom (carnegiea gigantea)
  • Tree: Palo verde (cercidium)
  • Song(s): Arizona
  • Motto: Ditat Deus (God enriches)

Arizona Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Arizona State Museum - Tucson
Tucson Unified School District - Tucson
Theodore Roosevelt Lake - Phoenix
Tumacácori National Historical Park - Tumacacori
Palisades Visitor Center - Tucson
capital  Capital: Phoenix

statehood  Statehood: 1912-02-14

population  Population:
5,130,632 (45.2 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 113,998.30
    Water 363.73
    Land 113,634.57
    Rank 6th Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University

border states   Border States: California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use

housing   Housing: In Arizona, there are 2,189,189 housing units, averaging to 19.3 per sq mile.

state magazines  Related Magazines:
    Phoenix Magazine
    Arizona Highways
Posters and Artwork
Greetings from Prescott, Arizona
Greetings from Prescott, Arizona
Art Print 18" x 13"

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