Nickname: The Grand Canyon State/The Copper State

Location: South West of the United States

Bordering Countries/States: Mexico/California, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico

Capital City: Phoenix

Other Cities and Sites: Grand Canyon, Sedona, Tucson, Flagstaff, Tusayan, North Rim, Prescott, Havasu Creek, Saguaro National Park, Goldfield Ghost Town, Monument Valley, Lake Mead, Montezuma Castle, Sonoran Desert

State Animal: Ringtail Cat

Language(s): English (74.1%), Spanish (19.5%), Other (4.5%), Navajo (1.9%)

Population: 6 million +

Religion: Christianity (67%), Unaffiliated (27%), Irreligious (19%), Agnostic (4%), Atheist (3%), Judaism (2%), Islam (1%), Buddhism (1%), Hinduism (1%), Don’t know (0.5%), Other (0.5%)

Known for: Grand Canyon, hot and dry climate, desert, nature, wildlife, Mexican food

Fun Facts:

  • There are 685 deaths recorded to date from the Grand Canyon including accidents and health-related issues. 55 of these people fell from the rim
  • The country’s first barrel of tequila came out of Nogales in 1936
  • It’s illegal for donkeys to sleep in bathtubs in Arizona
  • One Native American tribe called the Havasupai Indians actually live inside the Grand Canyon in a village located near Havasu Creek
  • There is more than 1 billion years’ worth of rock exposed at the Grand Canyon
  • Jerome Grand Hotel, once a hospital for the town’s miners, is believed to be one of the most haunted places in Arizona
  • Arizona has 13 species of rattlesnakes, more than any other state
  • The sun shines in Phoenix and Tucson 85 percent of the year, even more than Florida and Hawaii
  • The films “Casablanca,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple Of Doom,” “Tank Girl,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Natural Born Killers,” “Wayne’s World,” “Raising Arizona,” “Star Wars: A New Hope” and “Return of the Jedi” were filmed all or in part on Arizona soil
  • It is illegal to ride a horse up the stairs of the county courthouse