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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: I love the city of Flagstaff, the scenery is absolutely amazing and it helps when having to wake up early in the morning for work or school. There are many activities for us to take place in during the semester and students are very friendly if you don't quite know where you are going.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Flagstaff is the most beautiful place in Arizona.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: if you're and outdoor type of person you will like the scenery and lots of activities that you can participate in

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: For someone who holds value in the scenery and natural beauty of where they live, like me, this campus and the local area are absolutely beautiful! I could spend days if not weeks straight exploring the town and the mountains near it and would never get bored in the process.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Flagsyaff is my home, I love it!

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Due to its place alongside the historic Route 66, downtown Flagstaff is filled with all sorts of history and charm. Surrounded by miles and miles of nature in every direction, the city is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The world famous Grand Canyon is in the neighborhood, and Phoenix, the state's capital and one of the largest cities in the country, is a short drive down the freeway. Flagstaff has been able to really balance the additions of modern day while still retaining the old-school look and feel of its Route 66 past. Plus, there’s a ton of hippies. Awesome.

Downtown has plenty of quirky, hole-in-the-wall shops and stores that really add to the town's flavor. Incense, beads, international furniture—some of the items you'll find may surprise you. Flag is very laid-back and a very easy community to become comfortable living in. If you're a fan of outdoor sports, you are in luck: Snowbowl has a lot of great runs for both snowboarders and skiers. Also, give yourself the opportunity to drive around and see some of the great geologic beauties in the surrounding area. There are tons of fantastic picnic spots and plenty of picture opportunities, so you can send Mom and Dad proof that their money isn't going to waste. Because college students pretty much dominate the population, summertime is really when to explore and see what the area has to offer while everyone is away. Hiking is really nice to do until the snow hits, but there's always snowshoeing, right?

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. In 1996, Flagstaff was named the world's first international "Dark Sky City." Because of its altitude and influence in the astronomy community, Flagstaff limits light pollution so that the stars are always visible. This means that all the restaurants, bars, stores, etc., in Flag have to have a certain wattage on their lights so they don't light up the sky too much.
  2. In its May 2007 issue, Kiplinger's Personal Finance singled out Flagstaff as one of the "great college towns."
  3. In its September/October 2005 issue, Organic Style magazine named Flagstaff the eighth healthiest city in the nation.
  4. Men's Journal ranked Flagstaff second on its list of the top 50 places to live.
  5. The world-famous Lowell Observatory, located atop Mars Hill, is credited with first discovering the former planet Pluto.
Notable Natives
  • Bruce Babbitt - former governor of Arizona
  • Ted Danson - actor
Local Slang
  • 66: The historic Route 66 that runs straight through town and "down the hill," which is how Flagstaffers refer to the I-17 drive to Phoenix
  • The Flag: Endearing term for Flagstaff
  • Monty V: The historic Monte Vista Hotel
  • The Observatory: This doesn't define the actual Lowell Observatory itself, but an overlook right before entering it. Students like to hang out here and look at the city and stars at night.
  • Phoenicians: Locals from Phoenix
  • South of the Tracks: The notoriously shady neighborhood of Flag
  • The Valley: Term for the Phoenix area and the surrounding suburbs
Points of Interest
  • Arizona Snowbowl
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Grand Falls
  • Historic Downtown Flagstaff
  • Historic Route 66
  • Lava Tubes
  • Lowell Observatory
  • Meteor Crater
  • Monte Vista Hotel
  • Montezuma’s Castle
  • Monument Valley
  • Museum of Northern Arizona
  • Oak Creek Canyon
  • Red Rock State Park
  • Riordan Mansion
  • Sedona
  • Sunset Crater
  • Williams, AZ
  • Wupatki National Monument
Shopping Centers
  • Downtown Flagstaff
  • Flagstaff Mall
Movie Theaters
Harkins Theatres Flagstaff 11
1959 S. Woodlands Village Blvd.
Flagstaff
(928) 774-4847
Major Sports Teams
  • Arizona Cardinals: NFL
  • Arizona Diamondbacks: NBL
  • Phoenix Coyotes: NHL
  • Phoenix Suns: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Las Vegas: : 4 hours
  • Phoenix: : 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 237 responses

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  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 239 responses

  • 5% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 60% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 30% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 3% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 3% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 238 responses

  • 22% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 18% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 59% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 238 responses

  • 16% Totally.
  • 58% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 26% No way.

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