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Phoenix is the capital city of the state of Arizona. It is located
on the Salt River in the Mountain Time Zone; as of 2006, Phoenix was the
fifth largest city, by population, in the United States. The city
was settled in the 1850s and was officially recognized in 1868.
Phoenix is dry with scant rainfall, temperate winters with rare snowfalls,
and hot summers. Mountains surround much of Phoenix. Phoenix
is home to the state legislature and many major companies, among them
telecommunications and high-tech companies. The city is divided into
urban villages, and has more than 30 school districts. Luke Air
Force Base, in the western suburbs, is a military presence. Sports
clubs, such as the Arizona Diamondbacks, as well as museums and performing
arts venues, are also located in Phoenix.
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