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The Phoenix metro area spans more than 14,000 square miles and supports a growing population of more than 4 million people. In other words, it’s considerably bigger than most people think.

Like any other large area, the Valley of the Sun can confuse newcomers and residents alike with odd ZIP code placements, serpentine city limits, insider terms for freeways and landmarks, and other frustrating oddities. To help minimize mixups, we’ve created these handy maps that give you an insider peek into the Phoenix area and help you find your way around.