From the desert climate with cactus, hot summers and mild winters in the Southern portions of the state, to the high country in the North with pine forests and mountain ranges with cooler weather and snow, you'll be amazed at Arizona's diversity.
State Abbreviation - AZ
State Capital - Phoenix
Largest City - Phoenix
Area - 114,006 square miles [Arizona is the 6th biggest state in the USA)
Population - 6,482,505 (as of 2011) [Arizona is the 20th most populous state in the USA]
Name for Residents - Arizonans
Major Industries - mining (copper, molybdenum, gold, and silver), manufacturing, and tourism
Major Rivers - Colorado River, Little Colorado River, Gila River, Bill Williams River
Major Lakes - Lake Mead, Lake Havasu, Lake Mohave, Theodore Roosevelt Lake, San Carlos Lake, Lake Powell
Highest Point - Humphreys Peak - 12,633 feet (3,581 m) above sea level
Bordering States - California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah
Bordering Country - Mexico
Origin of the Name Arizona - The word Arizona comes from one of the following (its origin is not certain): the Aztec Indian word "arizuma," that means "silver-bearing," from the Tohono O'odham Indian word "Aleh-zone" which means "small spring," or the Pima Indian word "Ali shonak" which also means "small spring."
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