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Arizona

Welcome to Arizona and our brief overview of The Grand Canyon State.

Arizona is located in the southwestern part of the 48 "conterminous" states. Of the southwestern states, it is third in size. It is bordered on the north by Utah. New Mexico lies to the east and California and Nevada to the west. On its south, Arizona shares an international border with Mexico.

Arizona among the states

  • Statehood: February 14, 1912 (48th state)
  • Abbreviations: Ariz. (traditional), AZ (postal)
  • Capital: Phoenix.
  • Size: 114,000 square miles, includes inland water (6th)
  • Coastline: None.
  • Latin Motto: Ditat Deus (God Enriches)
  • State bird: Coues' cactus wren (Heleodytes brunneicapillus couesi Sharpe) adopted 1931.
  • State flower: Saguaro Cactus Blossom (Cereus giganteus) adopted 1931.
  • State songs:
    • "Arizona March Song", words by Margaret Rowe Clifford, music by Maurice Blumenthal, adopted 1919.
    • "Arizona", by Rex Allen, Jr., adopted 1982.
  • State tree: Palo verde (Cercidium) adopted 1954.


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