10 Signs You Are From Phoenix, Arizona

Desert Life is an Experience that People From Phoenix Understand!

Phoenix, Arizona is the sixth most populous city in the country, and the Phoenix metro area is the 13th largest in the country.

Phoenix isn't very different from most cities in that you'll find people who love it here and people who hate it. Being a sunbelt state, the population here is relatively transient; people move here for sunshine and better opportunities, and people leave here for various reasons, including five months of hot weather. 

One thing is certain -- there are telltale signs that a person is from Phoenix. Here are ten of them.

  • 01 of 10

    You know that people who live in Phoenix . . .

    A true Phoenician
    ••• A true Phoenician, with the Phoenix Bird tattooed on her back. Judy Hedding

     . . . are called Phoenicians. Not Phoenixites, not Venetians, not Phonies. Phoenicians live in the capital of the State of Arizona, so they are also referred to as Arizonans. Not Arizonians. Even people who live in Arizona get that one wrong. And if you live in San Diego, you refer to people from Arizona -- who fill up all the beach rentals during the summer -- as Zonies.

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  • 02 of 10

    You park in the shade . . .

    Parking in the shade
    ••• Parking? Find that bit of shade. Judy Hedding

     . . . even if that means you have to walk farther to get to your destination. We understand what happens to the interior of cars when they sit out in the desert heat. Door handles may get too hot to handle, as will steering wheels unless they have been covered or you are wearing gloves. For that reason, every bit of shade in a parking lot is considered a prime location. Kids and pets should never be left inside a car here, even with the window cracked. Not joking.

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  • 03 of 10

    You remember where you were . . .

    Thermometer on cracked earth
    ••• Charly Franklin / Getty Images

     . . . on June 26, 1990 when the temperature in Phoenix hit 122 degrees (Fahrenheit). People from Phoenix know that 122°F doesn't feel much worse than 115°F and we have several of those days every year. Yeah, some [crazy] people even play golf on those days.

    We try to find humor on our hottest days. Our Fox10 weather guy in 2015 experienced a malfunction of his weather map and made the best of it. It was a real broadcast, not staged, and is too funny -- worth the 1 minute look.

    By the way, Phoenicians don't really say, "...but it's a dry heat."

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  • 04 of 10

    You know how to drive . . .

    ••• © Isabel Theile Graves, used with permission

     . . . in a haboob. Yes, not only is it a fun word to say (haboob, haboob), but it is a real thing. During our monsoon months, June through September, we get some pretty serious desert weather. If you are from Phoenix, you know how to drive safely when a wall of dust envelops the city and you happen to be out and about at the time. If you aren't driving when it happens, you know enough to not get in your car for a while.

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  • 05 of 10

    You know that when you buy an ice cream cone in the summer . . .

    Young woman licking melted ice cream from her hand
    ••• Eat ice cream fast, before it melts. Tim Robberts / Getty Images

     . . . you need to eat it inside, quickly, in air-conditioned comfort. It won't last long. Better yet, start ordering your ice cream in a cup.

    You also know that people here are always trying to cook something on a sidewalk or on the hood of a car in the summer. It's possible, depending on what it is. I actually tried to fry an egg on the sidewalk one day when it was about 112 degrees. You can certainly melt chocolate on your dashboard, but why would you?

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  • 06 of 10

    You know that Tucson . . .

    I-10 East to Tucson
    ••• I-10 East to Tucson. Judy Hedding

    . . . is really south of Phoenix, not east. I guess all cities have some confusing issues related to driving. People who are from Phoenix understand that Tucson is due south of Phoenix, and that I-10 is generally an east/west Interstate traversing the U.S. It just so happens, though, that between Phoenix and Tucson, I-10 runs north/south. Still, the road to Tucson, south of Phoenix is the eastbound I-10 and the road to Phoenix, north of Tucson, is the westbound I-10. Oh, never mind.

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  • 07 of 10

    Twice each year. . .

    ••• If he lived in Phoenix, AZ he wouldn't have to change all those clocks. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images News

     . . . you have to explain to your out-of-town relatives and friends why people in Phoenix don't change their clocks. We don't change to a California time zone. Not ever. We simply stay on our time zone. Only one other state besides Arizona does this, and really, we've got this one right and all of you in those other 48 states are wrong.

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  • 08 of 10

    You've seen scorpions . . .

    Big Scorpion
    ••• That's a Big Scorpion. © Adrian Madison, used with permission

     . . . and didn't freak out. Scorpions are all over Phoenix, and most people from Phoenix have seen one (or many) at one time or another. Fatalities from scorpion stings are very rare. We have other creepy (and dangerous) critters here, too, like rattlesnakes. People from Phoenix -- the smart ones, at least -- know what to do and what not to do when they encounter anything that spews venom.

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  • 09 of 10

    You recognize . . .

    ••• Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals. Christian Petersen / Getty Images Sport

     . . . Larry Fitzgerald right away. He is a much-beloved guy in Phoenix, not only for his work on the football field with the Arizona Cardinals, but as a good community citizen. We need all the great roles models that we can find, and he's one of the good ones. Larry Fitzgerald is Hall of Fame material, both for his football career as well as his sportsmanship and philanthropic activities in the Phoenix area.

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  • 10 of 10

    You aren't awe-struck by gorgeous sunsets . . .

    Arizona October Sunet
    ••• Arizona October Sunset. Judy Hedding

     . . . because we have them all the time. I took this photo, and it was not enhanced in any way. That's just how I saw it. It isn't that the sunsets in Phoenix don't still amaze me after all these years of living here, it's just that I'm not surprised at how many gorgeous sunsets we experience.

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