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Last Updated: October 19, 2021

Arizona - The Grand Canyon State

Arizona is situated in the southwestern region of the United States of America and is the 14th most populous state with a population of more than 7 million. Arizona has one of the largest economies in the country. This state has several copper mines and has become a prominent industry in Arizona, which is why the state is also popularly known as the "Copper State". Phoenix is the capital city of Arizona as well as the largest city here. Arizona was originally inhabited by Native American tribes like the Pascua Yaqui, Hopi, Zuni, Havasupai, Navajo, and Apache, and received its statehood on February 14, 1912, making it the 48th state of America. Arizona's climate is primarily dry and some regions also experience humidity. Summers are extremely hot here, but the temperature becomes milder from late fall to early spring.

Major Cities in Arizona


Phoenix is the largest city in Arizona with an estimated population of around 1,609,000. The city is also the capital of the state and is popularly known as the "Valley of the Sun". It was founded in the year 1867 and was established as a city on February 25, 1881. The city is a major economic center as well as an educational hub as it houses several postsecondary institutions such as the American Indian College Inc, Argosy University-Phoenix, Ottawa University-Phoenix, Chamberlain College of Nursing-Arizona, Arizona Christian University, Grand Canyon University, and several others.


This is the second-biggest city in the state of Arizona, with an estimated population of around 543,000. Situated in Pima County, the city was founded on August 20, 1775, and was established as a city on February 7, 1877. "The Old Pueblo", "Optics Valley", "America's Biggest Small Town", are some of Tucson's popular nicknames. Tucson was founded by a military governor called Hugo O'Conor. It is a vibrant city that is known for its popular restaurants and is also a major industrial, technological, and transportation hub. The most prestigious educational institute, the University of Arizona, is situated in this city.


Arizona's third-largest city, Mesa, has an estimated population of about 505,000. The city is a major industrial and cultural center that attracts numerous tourists from across the country. It is situated in Maricopa County and was founded in the year 1878. The Mesa Arts Center, Usery Mountain Regional Park, Mesa Historical Museum, Arizona Museum of Natural History, Temple Visitors' Center, etc., are some of the most popular attractions in the city of Mesa.


With a population of roughly 276,000, Chandler is the fourth-largest city in Arizona. The city of Chandler was founded on May 17, 1912, and was established as a city in 1920. The city is known for its many celebrations and events, especially the Ostrich Festival. Popular tourist attractions in the city are the Koli Equestrian Center, Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler Fashion Center, Arizona Railway Museum, San Tan Mountain Regional Park, etc.

Economy/Job Market

Tuition Fee and Living Cost in Arizona

The cost of living in Arizona is higher than the national average. Housing costs are costlier than the national average, followed by transportation and utilities. However, healthcare services are comparatively cheaper in the state of Arizona. Some of the most affordable cities in Arizona are Holbrook, Coolidge, Guadalupe, Winslow, and Safford. The most expensive cities to live in here are Sedona, Flagstaff, Litchfield Park, Tempe, and Cottonwood. The cost of education in Arizona is fairly affordable for all students.

List of Few Major Universities/Colleges

Some of the most prestigious universities/colleges in the state of Arizona are:

Scholarships/Financial Aid for Students


Arizona is popularly nicknamed "The Grand Canyon State" because of the presence of the massive natural wonder of the world, the Grand Canyon. But this is not the only aspect that makes the state special. The state has got a lot to offer for its visitors to explore some of the best national parks and monuments, to learn and experience the rich culture of tribal lands, and to immerse themselves in the beauty of its vibrant cities and diverse landscapes. It is a state ideal for both adventure and relaxation. It is a state that offers the most stunning views of clear skies and starry nights.

Some of the most spectacular tourist sites in Arizona are Grand Canyon, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Walnut Canyon, Hoover Dam, Havasu Falls, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Canyon De Chelly National Monument, Meteor Crater Natural Landmark, and so much more. Some of the famous foods one must try on visiting the state are Cochinitos, Navajo Taco, Sonoran Hot Dog, Pozole, Tamales, and more. Because Arizona experiences harsh and hot summers, it is best to visit this state from late fall to early spring when the temperatures are cooler.

Universities & Colleges in Arizona

University (city) Total StudentsUG (in) / UG (out)G (in) / G (out)
University of Arizona (Tucson) 48653$13590 / $36590$14636 / $35545
Arizona State University-Tempe (Tempe) 56567$12545 / $31363$13590 / $29272
Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff) 34934$12545 / $18818$12545 / $21954
Grand Canyon University (Phoenix) 145131$18818 / $18818$12545 / $12545
Prescott College (Prescott) 1063$34499 / $34499$24045 / $24045
Arizona Christian University (Phoenix) 779$25090 / $25090$N/A / $N/A
Everest College-Mesa (Mesa) 0$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
CollegeAmerica-Flagstaff (Flagstaff) 137$19863 / $19863$N/A / $N/A
Phoenix Seminary (Phoenix) 206$N/A / $N/A$9409 / $9409
Arizona Automotive Institute (Glendale) 655$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Collins College (Phoenix) 23$15681 / $15681$N/A / $N/A
Pima Medical Institute-Tucson (Tucson) 2023$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Dine College (Tsaile) 1490$1045 / $1045$N/A / $N/A
Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Tucson) 32$N/A / $N/A$21954 / $21954
Thunderbird School of Global Management (Glendale) 416$N/A / $N/A$42863 / $42863
Chamberlain College of Nursing-Arizona (Phoenix) 633$19863 / $19863$N/A / $N/A
American Indian College Inc (Phoenix) 99$12545 / $12545$N/A / $N/A
Western International University (Tempe) 1301$7318 / $7318$9409 / $9409
Argosy University-Phoenix (Phoenix) 564$14636 / $14636$14636 / $14636
Arizona Summit Law School (Phoenix) 580$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
International Baptist College and Seminary (Chandler) 70$11499 / $11499$7318 / $7318
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott (Prescott) 2928$38681 / $38681$19863 / $19863
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences (Tempe) 385$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Ottawa University-Phoenix (Phoenix) 1391$13590 / $13590$12545 / $12545
Brookline College-Phoenix (Phoenix) 1379$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
The Art Institute of Phoenix (Phoenix) 999$18818 / $18818$N/A / $N/A
Argosy University-Phoenix Online Division (Phoenix) 8657$19863 / $19863$18818 / $18818
University of Advancing Technology (Tempe) 984$17772 / $17772$18818 / $18818
Brown Mackie College-Phoenix (Phoenix) 510$13590 / $13590$N/A / $N/A
Brown Mackie College-Tucson (Tucson) 450$14636 / $14636$N/A / $N/A
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Scottsdale (Scottsdale) 1431$12545 / $12545$N/A / $N/A
Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture (Phoenix) 125$N/A / $N/A$17772 / $17772
Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture (Scottsdale) 17$N/A / $N/A$42863 / $42863
Midwestern University-Glendale (Glendale) 3295$N/A / $N/A$42863 / $42863
Everest College-Phoenix (Phoenix) 0$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Northcentral University (Prescott Valley) 14913$13590 / $13590$19863 / $19863
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Tucson (Tucson) 127$25090 / $25090$22999 / $22999
The Art Institute of Tucson (Tucson) 364$18818 / $18818$N/A / $N/A

*UG - Undergraduate
*G - Graduate
*in - In-state Fees
*out - Out-of-State Fees
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