Historically arid land, the Valley of the Sun has been a region occupied by people who worked hard to live a simple life. Phoenix has been through many rough times with its residents weathering out severe droughts. In modern times, water sources are plentiful and the area's residents developed a certain polish and sophistication towards everyday living.
The people today
Phoenix is a melting pot of cultures. Majority of the ethnicities of Phoenix are of Latin American background. Mexican and Native American culture influences the area greatly and contributes to the areas unique cuisine and history. In fact, approximately 40 percent of Phoenix area residents are Latino.