The early Phoenix economy was based primarily in agriculture, with cotton, citrus, and cattle among the leading products. Today, farmland has turned to suburbs and Phoenix does bigger business in tourism, and manufacturing.
The Phoenix Metro Area includes people in Phoenix, Ariz.; Mesa, Ariz.; Scottsdale, Ariz.; and the surrounding areas.
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