|Population (1994): 4,071,650
(23rd in size)
State size: 114,000 square miles (6th in
State Capital: Phoenix (named after the mythical bird
Major cities: Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa, Tempe and
Admission to union: The 48th State
Date entered the union: February 14, 1912
Origin of state name: Named from the Indian word
"arizonac" meaning small spring.
Nicknames: Grand Canyon State, Rattlesnake Heaven
Bordering states: California, Nevada, Utah and New
Mexico with Mexico on the south.
State bird: Cactus Wren
State flower: Saguaro Cactus Blossom
State tree: Paloverde
Motto: God Enriches