Phoenix

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
144/265
Details
Large apartment$1300.00
Medium apartment$1100.00
Rent index [score]0.64
Small apartment$860.00

Cost of Living

6
96/248
Details
5km taxi ride$8.80
A Cappuccino$4.40
A beer$2.40
A kilogram of Apples$2.80
Bread$0.88
Inflation [score]0.62
Lunch$13.00
Monthly fitness club membership$31.00
Monthly public transport$58.00
Movie ticket$10.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$66.62

Startups

7
44/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups9
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.52
Coworking spaces [score]0.85
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co52
Meetups [score]0.68
Meetups groups195
Meetups members90907
Number of investors114
Number of startup events in the last 12 months2156
Number of upcoming meetup events112
Startup climate scene [score]0.58
Startup events584
Startup events [score]0.94
Startups [score]0.78
Total number of startups842

Venture Capital

5
50/192
Details
Venture capital [score]0.46

Travel Connectivity

3
121/266
Details
Airport hub121
Airport hub [score]0.55
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.11

Commute

5
160/255
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Phoenix
Traffic handling [score]0.71

Business Freedom

9
69/264
Details
Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business5.60
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

3
260/266
Details
Crime rate [score]0.36
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year14
Guns per 100 residents154
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.61
Lack of guns [score]0.15
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.38

Healthcare

6
193/265
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.26
Healthcare quality [score]0.82
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

5
106/240
Details
Best university in rankingArizona State University
Best university ranking131
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)30
PISA ranking24
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.72
PISA reading (high school)16
PISA science (high school)19
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07
University quality [score]0.19

Environmental Quality

5
186/266
Details
Air quality [score]0.43
Cleanliness [score]0.59
Drinking water quality [score]0.36
Urban greenery [score]0.46

Economy

7
16/263
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area1.00
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.87

Taxation

4
143/266
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.36
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.09

Internet Access

6
77/266
Details
Download speed (Mbps)52.07
Internet access (download) [score]0.64
Internet access (upload) [score]0.60
Upload speed (Mbps)15.60

Leisure & Culture

7
85/264
Details
Art galleries192
Art galleries [score]0.77
Cinemas172
Cinemas [score]0.82
Comedy clubs121
Comedy clubs [score]0.92
Concert venues175
Concerts [score]0.88
Historical sites112
Historical sites [score]0.68
Museums70
Museums [score]0.68
Performing art venues179
Performing arts [score]0.78
Sport venues58
Sports [score]0.93
Zoos37
Zoos [score]0.91

Tolerance

6
208/266
Details
LGBT Equality Index70.00
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.71
LGBT adoption rightsAmbiguous
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT employment discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.40

Outdoors

7
15/266
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.47
Median peak in meters1486.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)375.00
Water access [score]0.88
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Cost of living

Costs of living in Phoenix are in the 96th place of all 248 Teleport cities. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$710$1,000
$860
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$31
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$45
Monthly public transport$58
Lunch$13
-35%
compared to
San Francisco

Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

14%
For annual salary of $40000
20%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

9%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

147/266

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

113/263
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Climate

Average number of clear days per year

211

Climate type

Tropical and Subtropical Desert

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in ...

Phoenix is the capital of the state of Arizona as well as the most populous city in the American Southwest and sixth largest city in the United States. Founded in 1871, it has become the region's primary political, cultural, economic, and transportation center. At an elevation of 1,100 ft (335 m), it is situated in the biologically unique Sonoran Desert. Over time it has merged with the neighboring cities of Scottsdale, Tempe, Glendale, Peoria, Chandler, and Gilbert to form the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Currently exurbs such as Apache Junction, Fountain Hills, Queen Creek, and Sun City are becoming part of this metropolitan area as well. Phoenix is extremely hot and dry in the summertime, so always have sunscreen with you!

Why would anybody want to start a city in the middle of a desert? The answer is, surprisingly, agriculture. The Salt and Verde Rivers of central Arizona were exploited for large-scale agriculture by Native Americans as early as the 11th century. The area that now encompasses Phoenix was a center of the Hohokam culture, which built large canal systems and a network of towns and villages, whose remains may be viewed in the city to this day. White settlers discovered the remnants of the Hohokam culture in the 19th century. The city's name reflects its history as a city "reborn from the ashes" of the previous settlement.

European-American settlement of the area commenced in the 1860s, and in 1911 the completion of the first of several large reservoirs in the mountains north and east of Phoenix insured its success as a center for irrigation-based agriculture. Many tens of thousands of acres were planted in citrus and cotton and other crops, and for many years, intensive, year-round irrigated agriculture formed the basis of the economy. Recent years are seeing a revival, and trendy hotels, bars, shops and restaurants are making it a place to be again.

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Good Country Index

Every city comes with a country. How is this one doing in terms of giving back to the global community? Our friends at The Good Country Index measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.

Overall ranking

United States
23rd from a total of 163 countries

World Order

26th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

66th

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

34th

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

46th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

53rd

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

20th

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

12th

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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