The City of Phoenix, Arizona is the capital and the most populous city in Arizona. Phoenix has expansive city limits which encompass a tremendous amount of populated land (475 square miles -- the 10th highest area for a city in the United States). With this unusually large area, the actual city limits of Phoenix contained an estimated 2005 population of 1,461,575, making Phoenix the sixth largest city in the United States. As of 2005, the Phoenix Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) was the 14th-largest in the United States, with an estimated population of nearly 4 million.
In the last two decades, the economy has diversified as rapidly as the population has grown. As the state capital of Arizona, many residents in the area are employed by the government. Arizona State University has also enhanced the area's population through education and its growing research capabilities. Numerous high-tech and telecommunications companies have also recently relocated to the area. Due to the warm climate in winter, Phoenix benefits greatly from seasonal tourism and recreation, and has a particularly vibrant golf industry.
Phoenix is currently home to three major Fortune 1000 companies: electronics corporation Avnet, Apollo Group (which operates the University of Phoenix), and mining company Phelps Dodge Corporation. Honeywell hosts many factories for the building of military equipment. Intel has one of their largest sites near Phoenix, employing 11,000 employees. Nearby Scottsdale is also home to Allied Waste Industries, Inc. (also listed on the Fortune 500), the second largest non-hazardous solid waste management company in the United States.
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