Arizona has an average temperature of 75 degrees and more than 300 days of sunshine annually - Quality of Life in Phoenix

Quality of Life

Greater Phoenix: Life is better here

With an average temperature of 77 degrees, more than 300 days of sunshine annually, and access to the best hiking trails and golf courses, it is easy to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and take advantage of outdoor amenities all year long.

Sources: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 2023

Quick Getaways

Depending on your mood, short travel times will lead you to the mountains or the beach.

Reach New Heights

Breathtaking hikes throughout Greater Phoenix provide spectacular views.

Hole in One

From executive to championship courses, you can find the right golf course to work on your game.

Greater Phoenix: By the Numbers


Residents in Arizona can take advantage of the outdoors thanks to the more than 300 days of sunshine.


Improve your golf game at over 370 golf courses throughout Arizona.


Spend more time outdoors or with your family, with a less than 26 minute average commute time.

Greater Phoenix offers more than a quality of life — it’s a quality of place.

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Vibrant Outdoor Amenities

Greater Phoenix residents enjoy vibrant outdoor amenities throughout the year. From hiking the region’s many mountains to biking along the hundreds of miles of trails, the region accommodates healthy lifestyles with urban amenities — surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the Sonoran Desert.

Arizona has 22 national parks and 10 national natural landmarks - Quality of life in Phoenix

National Parks & Natural Landmarks

Opting for the outdoors is easier than ever in Arizona, with 24 National Parks and Landmarks, 370 golf courses and hundreds of trail miles for walking, running, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, ATV and OHV use. Greater Phoenix is home to the 4th biggest park, McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which spans 31,598 acres.

Sources: U.S. National Park Service; The Trust for Public Land, 2023