50+ Phoenix Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

Located in the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix is one of the wettest and greenest deserts in the United States. It receives between three to fifteen inches of rainfall annually.

Data shows that Phoenix is sunnier than any other major metropolitan area in America, with 334 days of sunshine a year. Even in the winter, temperatures hover around 67 degrees and are rarely below freezing point.

Phoenix Facts Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

Sports fanatics have all their bases covered in Phoenix, with these four major pro sports leagues: Phoenix Suns (NBA), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Arizona Cardinals (NFL), and Arizona Coyotes (NHL). As for NASCAR fans, there are two events hosted by ISM Raceway each racing season.

So you think you know Phoenix? Test your knowledge with this set of Phoenix trivia quiz questions with answers to see if you know the city like a native.

1. Phoenix is located in south-central Arizona in the western part of the United States. Which of the following would be Phoenix’s coordinates?

33.4484° N, 112.0740° W


2. The phoenix is closely associated with which Ancient Egyptian god?



3. A phoenix is a legendary mythical bird that flew out of the ashes of a fire. How did Phoenix, Arizona get its name?

In the 1860s, a new town emerged from the ruins of a former civilization


4. Phoenix’s economy up until WWII was based on agriculture and natural resources. The mainstays of this production were cotton, cattle, citrus and _____?



5. The Egyptians invented the phoenix, but it was the Greeks that gave it the name ‘phoenix’. What was the Ancient Egyptians name for the phoenix before the Greeks named it?



6. Christians adopted the symbol of the Phoenix. What did it represent to them?

Life after death/resurrection


7. When did Phoenix become the state capital of Arizona?



8. Before the phoenix dies it builds itself a nest of what material?



9. Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in “Harry Potter”, has a pet phoenix. What is the name of his phoenix?



10. Many of Arizona’s other large cities are clustered around Phoenix. Which large Arizona city is not?



11. Which desert is Phoenix built in?

Sonoran Desert


12. All state capitals except four are connected to at least one Interstate freeway. Which Interstate(s) are connected to Phoenix?

I-10 and I-17


13. Egyptians said that the phoenix was similar to which type of bird? Greeks said it looked like another. What did each civilization say that the phoenix was similar to?

Egyptian: heron, Greek: peacock


14. Phoenix International Airport, situated less than five miles from downtown, has a unique name. What is it?

Sky Harbor


15. Where was the phoenix first mentioned in Egyptian history?

Book of the Dead


16. Phoenix has a hot desert climate but the city has turned what most would see as a negative into a positive. What moniker has the Phoenix metropolitan area adopted that reflects its hot climate and promotes growth and tourism?

Valley of the Sun


17. Phoenix is famous for being…

Hot and Dry


18. What’s the name of Phoenix’s basketball team?

Phoenix Suns


19. Arizona has more tribes of Native Americans than any other US state. True or false?



20. Name a mountain that is a famous landmark in Phoenix and is named after an animal.

Camelback Mountain


21. The Saguaro Cactus is the state plant of Arizona. Can you guess how long they can live for?

200 years


22. In Arizona, it’s illegal to feed leftovers to what animal?

A Pig


23. What year was Phoenix incorporated?



24. What is the name of the floating sculpture in downtown Phoenix?

“Her secret is patience”


25. What year did the Arizona Diamondbacks win the World Series?



26. Who is buried in Hunt’s Tomb?

George W. P. Hunt


27. What is the name of the three-tiered, “wedding-cake” building that sits atop a hill near Papago Park?

Tovrea Castle


28. What is the tallest building in Phoenix?

Chase Tower


29. What is the name of the place in Phoenix where labor leader and civil-rights activist Cesar Chavez fasted?

Santa Rita Hall


30. Which college did former Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash attend?

Santa Clara University


31. When did Pope John Paul II visit Phoenix?



32. What is the lowest recorded temperature in Phoenix?

16 Degrees


33. What year did Phoenix Indian School close?



34. The state renamed Squaw Peak as Piestewa Peak in 2003, about a month after Spc. Lori Piestewa’s death in Iraq. When was the name change recognized at the federal level?



35. In the 1977 Clint Eastwood movie “The Gauntlet,” a bus crashes into City Hall in downtown Phoenix. What building doubled in the film as City Hall?

Symphony Hall


36. What is the hottest temperature ever recorded in Phoenix?

122 °F


37. What ancient civilization inhabited the area now known as Phoenix for 2,000 years?



38. What U.S. territory was the area now known as Phoenix originally a part of?

New Mexico Territory


39. What kind of cactus is it illegal to harm in Phoenix?



40. What do locals call people who come to Phoenix for the winter?



41. How many Major League Baseball teams have spring training in the Phoenix area?


42. What type of storm is a regular occurrence in Phoenix?



43. What year did Phoenix become the capital of Arizona?



44. What U.S. Supreme Court justice was from Phoenix, Arizona?

Sandra Day O’Connor


45. What valley is the Phoenix Metropolitan Area located in?

Salt River Valley


46. How many golf courses are located in Phoenix?

more than 200 golf courses


47. The city of Phoenix is divided into _____.

Urban villages


48. Name the “Five C’s” that anchored Phoenix’s economy during its early years?

Copper, cattle, climate, cotton, and citrus.


49. What NBA team is based in Phoenix?

Phoenix Suns


50. What mountain do Phoenix residents use as a landmark?

Camelback Mountains


51. What kind of events are held at the Phoenix International Raceway?


52. What famous singer was born in Phoenix?


53. What happens if you cut down a Saguaro Cactus in Phoenix?

You could go to jail for up to 25 years


54. What is unique about the time in Phoenix?

There is no daylight savings!




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