The State of Arizona in the Past and Present

February 25, 2010

Arizona is listed in the US Constitution as one of the second last states to have been admitted to the United States of America. Some scholars believe its name was derived from Spanish phrase aridi zona, which is literally translated as dry region though there is as yet no consensus over this assertion. It is located in the western side of the United States and is one of the largest states among the “corner states.” It has its headquarters in the city of Phoenix. Some of the neighboring states include Utah, California, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico. It shares an international border with Mexico.
Much of the State is either desert or semi desert hence experiencing very dry and cold climate at varying times of the year. The area receives about three hundred millimeters of rainfall every year in two seasons. Monsoon winds, ice drops, lightning and thunderstorms are some of the other features of this state’s climate. Much of the desert area is covered by cactus while the other mountainous area and higher ground is covered with large forest cover. The landscape is characterized by mountains as well as plateaus such as Mogollion Rim. The mountainous nature of this region is said to have originated from volcanic activity in the early years. Among other geographical features that tourists visiting this are will find enchanting include the Grand Canyon, a gorge alongside the Colorado River which also happens to be among the Seven Wonders of the World in natural terms.
Arizona has a population of over six million people as per the estimates provided in 2006. It has a 3.6% rate of growth. The population density is 45 people for every square kilometer. The population consists of white Americans who are the majority, Hispanics, African Americans, Asian Americans and other inhabitants of mixed race. The state is also noted for having one of the highest concentrations of Native Americans along with Oklahoma and California.
Arizona has one of the largest economies in the US which is heavily dependent on cotton and copper mining. Tourism, shopping and golf are also big economic contributors. Transportation here is made up mainly of intra and interstate buses while trains are also very popular. The aviation industry is greatly developed in the state with up to four major international airports spread out across some of the cities. This makes it easier for visitors to get to the city from any part of the world.
Whether you come to the state for the environment, the attractions, a conference or reunions, it should be pretty easy to find a hotel – especially if you visit Arizona during the low season.

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