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One of the key statistics about any city is its elevation, with this piece of information showing us how high the city is above sea level. Flagstaff has an elevation of 6,910 feet (2,106 m), which actually makes it the highest city in the entire state of Arizona. The unincorporated community of Greer in Apache County is higher, with an elevation of 8356 feet (2547 m), but it's not technically a city. The elevation of Flagstaff is very high compared to many other cities, both in Arizona and elsewhere around the United States. The high altitude in this location means that some people, especially those visiting from towns with low elevations, may need some time to adjust to the different conditions.
When compared to many other cities all around Arizona, Flagstaff continuously comes out on top as the highest major municipality in the state. The state capital of Arizona, Phoenix, has an elevation of just 1,086 feet (331 m), which is much, much lower than Flagstaff. Other major cities like Tucson, which has an elevation of 2388 feet (728 m), Scottsdale, which has an elevation of 1,257 feet (380 m) and Mesa, which has an elevation of 1243 feet (379 m), are all far closer to sea level than Flagstaff.
Flagstaff is surrounded by mountains, being nearby to Mount Elden, which has an elevation of 9,301 ft (2,835 m), and not far from the San Francisco Peaks, which is the tallest mountain range in all of Arizona. The highest point in the state is Humphreys Peak, which stands at an elevation of 12,633 feet (3,851 m) and this mountain is actually just a very short drive north of Flagstaff. The state of Arizona is one of the highest in the United States, with a mean elevation of 4,100 feet (1250 m). When compared to the mean elevation of Arizona, Flagstaff is over twice as high.