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Phoenix, the capital of Arizona, has 1,608,139 residents as of 2020. It’s the fifth-most populated city in the US and one of two state capitals with over a million people, along with Austin.
Phoenix anchors the Valley of the Sun, part of the Salt River Valley. The metropolitan area has 4.85 million residents, making it the 11th largest in the U.S. Phoenix, Maricopa County’s seat, is the largest city in Arizona and one of the largest in the U.S. It’s the largest city in the Arizona Sun Corridor megaregion.
Phoenix was founded in 1867 as an agricultural hamlet near the confluence of the Salt and Gila Rivers. Arizona Territory’s capital since 1889. Northeastern Sonoran Desert, hot desert climate. Despite this, its canal system led to a vibrant farming sector, with alfalfa, cotton, citrus, and hay being essential to Phoenix’s economy for decades. The “Five C’s” were cotton, cattle, citrus, climate, and copper. After World War II, high-tech businesses moved to the valley and air conditioning made Phoenix’s summers pleasant. 
From the mid-1960s until the mid-2000s, the city’s population grew 4% annually. This growth rate fell between 2007–09 and has steadily recovered. Phoenix is Arizona’s cultural hub. In 2020, 42.6% of Phoenix’s population identified as Hispanic and 42.5% as “white.”
Toronto ( (listen) tə-RON-toh; locally [təˈɹɒɾ̃ə], [ˈtɹɒɾ̃ə]) is the capital city of the Canadian province of Ontario. With a recorded population of 2,794,356 in 2021, it is the most populous city in Canada and the fourth most populous city in North America. The city is the anchor of the Golden Horseshoe, an urban agglomeration of 9,765,188 people (as of 2021) surrounding the western end of Lake Ontario, while the Greater Toronto Area proper had a 2021 population of 6,712,341. Toronto is an international centre of business, finance, arts, sports and culture, and is recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.Indigenous peoples have travelled through and inhabited the Toronto area, located on a broad sloping plateau interspersed with rivers, deep ravines, and urban forest, for more than 10,000 years. After the broadly disputed Toronto Purchase, when the Mississauga surrendered the area to the British Crown, the British established the town of York in 1793 and later designated it as the capital of Upper Canada.