Arizona Facts

State Location Arizona Location In The US
State Abbreviation AZ
Statehood February 14, 1912
State Capital Phoenix
State Size Total (Land + Water): 113,998 sq miles; Land Only: 113,635 sq miles
Number of Counties 15
State Population (2015)6,828,065
State Population Density60.1 people / square mile
Electoral Votes11
State Quarter Issue Date June 02, 2008
State Motto Ditat Deus (God enriches)
State Flower Saguaro cactus blossom
State Tree Palo Verde
State Bird Cactus Wren
Nickname The Grand Canyon State
State Flag Arizona State Flag
State Gas Tax$0.1900 / Gallon
State Cigarette Tax$2.00 / Pack
Area Codes 480, 520, 602, 623, 928
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Phoenix (1,445,632)
Tucson (520,116)
Mesa (439,041)
Chandler (236,123)
Glendale (226,721)
Major Sports Teams MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks
NFL: Arizona Cardinals
NBA: Phoenix Suns
NHL: Phoenix Coyotes

Arizona Fun Facts

  • Arizona's name originated from the Spanish name, Arizonac, which in turn was derived from an Indian word, alĭ ṣonak, meaning "small spring."
  • Arizona is the only state with an official state neckware, the bola tie.
  • Arizona is the largest copper producing state in the Unites States, accounting for 60% of all copper production in the country.
  • Arizona state has 18 national monuments, more than any other state in the Unites States
  • In 1930, Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto from the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.
  • "Skydive Arizona" is the largest skydiving center in the world.
  • Arizona is one of the only two states that does not observe Daylight Savings time (Hawaii is the other).
  • The only place in the country where mail is delivered by mule is the village of Supai, located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
  • Arizona is one of the states that form the Four Corners, the only location in the United States where four states intersect at one point. The other three states are Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah.
  • In Arizona, it is illegal for donkeys to sleep in bathtubs.

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