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Arizona is a state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the western United States and of the Mountain West states. It is the sixth largest and the 15th most populated of the 50 states. See the fact file below for more information on Arizona or alternatively download our comprehensive worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
- Arizona was a term derived from the Indian word “ali sonak”, which means “small spring”. Prior to colonial contact, it was the home of the Native American Navajo nation along with Utah and New Mexico. Compared to all states, Arizona has the largest percentage of land for Native Americans.
- On February 14, 1912, during president William Howard Taft’s term, it became the 48th state of America, which made it known as the Valentine State.
- The state of Arizona is one of the Four Corners along with Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico, wherein a person can be in four states while standing in a single intersecting location.
- Arizona was connected to the eastern states in 1926 through the Southern Pacific Railroad.
- In 1930, Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. In addition, the best-preserved meteor crater can be seen near Winslow, Arizona.
- It has the most number of national monuments with the total of 18. The state produces the largest volume of copper compared to all the states in North America.
- In 1968, the Navajo Community College was established by and for the Navajo nation. Today, it is known as the Dine College.
- Arizona has the most number of mountain peaks and summits with 3,928, compared to other mountain states (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming).
- The famous London Bridge was reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, using the original stones.
- The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, housed the largest collection of miniature airplane models. The deepest dam in the world, Parker Dam, is located in Arizona.
- Some of Arizona’s famous citizens are Sandra Day O’Connor (Supreme Court Justice), Zane Grey (author), Frank Lloyd Wright (architect), Steven Spielberg (director/producer), David Spade (actor), and Cesar Chavez (labor leader).
- The Grand Canyon Park and Kitt’s Peak National Observatory are some of the state’s landmarks. Ghost towns are scattered in Arizona, such as Tombstone, Ruby, Gillette, and Gunsight.
Became a State
February 14, 1912 (48th)
southwestern United States
114,006 sq. miles (6th)
Phoenix, Scotsdale, Sedona, Tempe, Tucson, Prescott, Yuma, Flagstaff
cotton, copper mining, cattle, citrus, climate and tourism
mostly desert, with hot summers and cool winters
averages 12.7 inches
Professional Sports Teams
Arizona Cardinals (National Football League)
Arizona Diamondbacks (Major League Baseball)
Arizona Sting (National Lacrosse League)
Phoenix Coyotes (National Ice Hockey League)
Phoenix Suns (National Basketball Association)
Colorado River, Gila River, Salt River
Most Famous Citizens
Sandra Day O’Connor (Supreme Court Justice)
Dennis DeConcini (senator)
Joe Arpaio (sheriff)
John Kyl (senator)
John McCain (senator)
Barry Goldwater (senator)
Zane Grey (author)
Frank Lloyd Wright (architect)
Steven Spielberg (director/producer)
David Spade (comedian)
Linda Carter (actress)
Cesar Chavez (labor leader)
Bird – Cactus Wren
Flower – Saguara Blossom
Animal – Ringtail
Tree – Palo Verde
Reptile – Ridgenose Rattlesnake
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Arizona Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Arizona which is a state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the western United States and of the Mountain West states. It is the sixth largest and the 15th most populated of the 50 states.
Download includes the following worksheets
- Arizona Facts
- Arizona State Flag
- Famous Arizonans
- Four Corners
- State Symbols
- Ghost Town Stories
- London Bridge Facts
- Mountain States
- The Navajo Nation
- First and Best in Arizona
- Tour to Grand Canyon
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