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Offical Name State of Arizona
Nicknames The Copper State, The Grand Canyon State
Abbreviations AZ, US-AZ
Origin of Name Ali son ("Small Spring" in O'odham language), or Arida zona ("Arid Zone" in Spanish), or Arizuma ("Silver-bearing" in A Nahuatl and Aztec languages)

Official Language English
Admission to Union 14 February 1912
Time Zone Mountain
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Capital Phoenix
Largest City Phoenix
Population 5,130,632 (as of 2000 census)
Economy Agriculture: cotton, cattle, citrus fruits

Industry: copper-mining, computers, software, electronic component manufacturing, aerospace, telecommunications, instrument manufacturing

Area 113,998 square miles (295,254 km2)
Major Rivers Bill Williams River, Gila River, Little Colorado River, Colorado River
Major Lakes Lake Havasu, Lake Mohave, Lake Powell, San Carlos Lake, Theodore Roosevelt Lake, Lake Mead
Highest Point Humphreys Peak - 12,633 feet (3,851 meters)
Bordering States Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, California
Bordering Country Mexico
Bordering Body of Water None

Flag Arizona Flag
Motto "Ditat Deus" - God enriches
Song Arizona March Song, Arizona
Animal Ringtail Cat
Bird Cactus Wren
Furbearer RIngtail Cat
Insect Two-Tailed Swallowtail
Fish Apache Trout
Amphibian Arizona Tree Frog
Reptile Ridgenose Rattlesnake
Fossil Petrified Wood
Flower Saguaro Cactus Blossom
Tree Palo Verde
Rock Petrified Wood
Gemstone Turquoise
Mineral Fire Agate
Neckwear Bola Tie
Colors Old Gold, Blue

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