What Are Some Major Cities in Arizona?


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Phoenix, Tucson and Mesa are the first-, second- and third-largest cities in Arizona, respectively. Other major cities include Chandler, Glendale, Scottsdale, Gilbert and Tempe. Phoenix is the state capital.

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Phoenix is the largest city in Arizona, with a population of 1,445,632 people according to the 2010 census. It is the most populous state capital in the country and the sixth-most populous city in the United States. Phoenix is the cultural and economic capital of Arizona. After World War II, the city's pro-business attitude lured companies from the East Coast. Today, the moderate climate and varied recreational activities continue to draw residents and tourists.

As of 2010, Tucson's population was 520,116, making it the second-most populous city in Arizona and the 33rd largest city in America. The city's land area is 226.71 square miles. Prior to Arizona's statehood, Tucson was the state's largest city. Phoenix surpassed it in population between 1910 and 1920. The University of Arizona is the second-largest employer in the city and a focal point of its economy.

Mesa was incorporated as a city in 1883. Its 2010 population was 439,041, making it the third-largest city in Arizona. Other prominent cities, including Gilbert and Tempe, surround Mesa. The city is home to many cultural attractions and archaeological sites, including the Arizona Museum of Natural History and the Mesa Grande Ruins.

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