57 Facts About Arizona


Arizona is the 48th state and last of the contiguous states to be admitted to the Union, achieving statehood on February 14, 1912.

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Southern Arizona is known for its desert climate, with very hot summers and mild winters.

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Thousands of years before the modern era, Arizona was home to many ancient Native American civilizations.

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Arizona explored parts of the present state and made contact with native inhabitants, probably the Sobaipuri.

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Arizona converted many of the Indians to Christianity in the Pimeria Alta in the 1690s and early 18th century.

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Arizona has the westernmost military engagement on record during the Civil War with the Battle of Picacho Pass.

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Federal government declared a new U S Arizona Territory, consisting of the western half of earlier New Mexico Territory, in Washington, D C, on February 24, 1863.

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Arizona was the 48th state admitted to the U S and the last of the contiguous states to be admitted.

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Arizona was the site of German prisoner of war camps during World WarII and Japanese American internment camps.

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Arizona was home to the Phoenix Indian School, one of several federal Indian boarding schools designed to assimilate Native American children into mainstream European-American culture.

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Arizona's population grew tremendously with residential and business development after World WarII, aided by the widespread use of air conditioning, which made the intensely hot summers more comfortable.

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In March 2000, Arizona was the site of the first legally binding election ever held over the internet to nominate a candidate for public office.

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In 2010, Arizona enacted SB 1070 which required all immigrants to carry immigration papers at all times, but the Supreme Court invalidated parts of this law in Arizona v United States in 2012.

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Three ships named USS Arizona have been christened in honor of the state, although only USS Arizona was so named after statehood was achieved.

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Arizona is in the Southwestern United States as one of the Four Corners states.

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Arizona is the sixth largest state by area, ranked after New Mexico and before Nevada.

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Arizona is well known for its desert Basin and Range region in the state's southern portions, which is rich in a landscape of xerophyte plants such as the cactus.

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Arizona is home to one of the most well-preserved meteorite impact sites in the world.

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Arizona is one of two U S states, along with Hawaii, that does not observe Daylight Saving Time, though the large Navajo Nation in the state's northeastern region does.

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Arizona's northern third is a plateau at significantly higher altitudes than the lower desert, and has an appreciably cooler climate, with cold winters and mild summers, though the climate remains semiarid to arid.

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Lake Havasu City, in Mohave County, known as "Arizona's playground", was developed on the Colorado River and is named after Lake Havasu.

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Arizona remained sparsely settled for most of the 19th century.

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Arizona's continued population growth puts an enormous stress on the state's water supply.

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Arizona is home to the largest number of speakers of Native American languages in the 48 contiguous states, as more than 85, 000 individuals reported speaking Navajo, and 10, 403 people reported Apache, as a language spoken at home in 2005.

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In 2010, the Association of Religion Data Archives reported that the three largest denominational groups in Arizona were the Catholic Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and non-denominational Evangelical Protestants.

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The Catholic Church has the highest number of adherents in Arizona, followed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with 410, 263 members reported and then non-denominational Evangelical Protestants, reporting 281, 105 adherents.

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Early in its history, Arizona's economy relied on the "five C's": copper, cotton, cattle, citrus, and climate (tourism).

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Arizona Extension has tested some varieties for the Low Desert area:.

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Arizona Legislature is bicameral and consists of a thirty-member Senate and a 60-member House of Representatives.

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Arizona is one of the few states that has no governor's mansion.

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Arizona has had four female governors, more than any other state.

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Arizona is one of five states that do not have a lieutenant governor.

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Each county of Arizona has a superior court, the size and organization of which are varied and generally depend on the size of the particular county.

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Arizona's two United States Senators are Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly.

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Arizona gained a ninth seat in the House of Representatives due to redistricting based on Census 2010.

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Legal interpretations of Arizona's constitution prohibited Native Americans living on reservations from voting, classifying them as being under "guardianship".

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Arizona voted Republican in every presidential election from 1952 to 1992, with Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan winning the state by particularly large margins.

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Arizona rejected a same-sex marriage ban in a referendum as part of the 2006 elections.

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In 2008, Arizona voters passed Proposition 102, an amendment to the state constitution to define marriage as a union of one man and one woman.

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In 2010, Arizona passed SB 1070, called the toughest illegal immigration legislation in the nation.

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In 2006, Arizona became the first state in the United States to reject a proposition, Prop 107, that would have banned same-sex marriage and civil unions.

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However, in 2008, Arizona voters approved of Prop 102, a constitutional amendment that prohibited same-sex marriage but not other unions.

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On that day, each county's Clerk of the Superior Court began to issue same-sex marriage licenses, and Arizona became the 31st state to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Private higher education in Arizona is dominated by a large number of for-profit and "chain" universities.

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Arizona has a wide network of two-year vocational schools and community colleges.

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Arizona is a recognized center of Native American art, with a number of galleries showcasing historical and contemporary works.

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Arizona is prominently featured in the lyrics of many Country and Western songs, such as Jamie O'Neal's hit ballad "There Is No Arizona".

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The line "see you down in Arizona Bay" is used in a Tool song in reference to the possibility that Southern California will one day fall into the ocean.

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Arizona is mentioned by the hit song "Take It Easy", written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey and performed by the Eagles.

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Arizona is mentioned in the Beatles' song "Get Back", credited to John Lennon and Paul McCartney; McCartney sings: "JoJo left his home in Tucson, Arizona, for some California grass.

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Arizona's budding music scene is helped by emerging bands, as well as some well-known artists.

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Also, a number of punk and rock bands got their start in Arizona, including JFA, The Feederz, Sun City Girls, The Meat Puppets, The Maine, The Summer Set, and more recently Authority Zero and Digital Summer.

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One of Arizona's better known musicians is shock rocker Alice Cooper, who helped define the genre.

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Arizona is known for its heavy metal scene, which is centered in and around Phoenix.

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Arizona is a popular location for Major League Baseball spring training, as it is the site of the Cactus League.

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Arizona decided to train the Cleveland Indians in Tucson and convinced the New York Giants to give Phoenix a try.

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On March 9, 1995, Arizona was awarded a franchise to begin to play for the 1998 season.

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