From the year-round sunshine, deep canyons, and local heritage, adventures abound in the Valley of the Sun. Combine the beauty of the Sonoran desert with the region’s diverse climate, and every day becomes a great day to explore the outdoors. In Arizona it’s possible to water-ski and snow-ski in the same day, as average high temperatures will differ by 30 degrees within a 2 hour drive in almost any direction. Activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and even hot air ballooning abound in the area. One of the greatest natural wonders on earth lies 3 hours north of the Phoenix area, the Grand Canyon. Whatever your interest, Arizona features an outdoor adventure that beckons the outdoor enthusiast.
As the 12th largest metro in the US, there’s no shortage of professional opportunities in the Phoenix area. Several Fortune 100 companies, including Petsmart, Swift Transportation, and Magellan Health, make Phoenix their home. If it’s sports you seek, Phoenix has it covered, boasting professional teams in all four major sports, and spring marks the annual rite of spring training in the area, as both Chicago baseball squads make the Phoenix area their spring training home. The Valley of the Sun also remains a hot spot for golf enthusiasts, will more than 200 golf courses in the area.
It’s clear that the Valley of the Sun offers more than summer heat; whether you seek career opportunities, a respite from Midwestern winters, or an active outdoor lifestyle, the Phoenix area offers these and more.
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Distance from Chicago, IL: 1,760 miles
Average Hi January — Phoenix: 67° / Chicago: 31°
Average Hi July — Phoenix: 106° / Chicago: 85°
Average Snowfall/Year — Phoenix: 0 in. / Chicago: 37 in.
Average Property Tax — Phoenix: 0.8% / Chicago: 2.50%
Sales Tax — Phoenix: 8.3% / Chicago: 10.25%
State Income Tax — AZ: 2.6 – 4.5% / IL: 4.95%
Neighborhoods / Towns to consider:
Chandler, Surprise, Peoria, Arcadia
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