Phoenix, is the capital and most populous city in Arizona, USA. It is the economic and cultural centre of the state.
Phoenix has a population of over 1,680,992 people. Phoenix forms part of the wider Phoenix metropolitan area, also known as the Valley of the Sun, which in turn is part of the Salt River Valley. which has a population of over 4,730,000 people.
Phoenix has a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of over under $243 billion. The top five sectors are: real estate, $41.96 billion; Government (including federal, state and local), $23.37 billion; Finance and insurance, $19.71 billion; manufacturing, $19.91 billion; Retail trade, $18.64 billion; and health care ($19.78 billion.
The top five employment categories are office and administrative support, sales, food preparation and serving, transportation and material moving, and management.
Acording to Wikipedia, Phoenix is home to four Fortune 500 companies: electronics corporation Avnet, mining company Freeport-McMoRan, retailer PetSmart, and waste hauler Republic Services. Honeywell's Aerospace division is headquartered in Phoenix, and the valley hosts many of their avionics and mechanical facilities. Intel has one of their largest sites in the area, employing about 12,000 employees, the second largest Intel location in the country. The city is also home to the headquarters of U-HAUL International, Best Western, and Apollo Group, parent of the University of Phoenix. US Air/American Airlines is the largest carrier at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport. Mesa Air Group, a regional airline group, is headquartered in Phoenix.
The military has a large presence in Phoenix, with Luke Air Force Base in the western suburbs.
Phoenix is a Gamma + city according to the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation.
Gamma level cities are cities that link smaller economic regions into the world economy.
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