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The elevation of a city tells us how high it is when compared to sea level. Phoenix, as previously mentioned, is nicknamed the Valley of the Sun due to its valley location and is therefore quite a flat region, apart from the surrounding mountains, meaning that it shares the same elevation as many other cities in the Greater Phoenix area and beyond. The elevation of Phoenix, AZ is 1,086 feet (331 m).
Due to its many mountains, the state of Arizona actually has one of the highest average elevations of the entire US, with an average of 4,100 feet (1250 m). Therefore, when we compare the elevation of Phoenix, AZ with the mean elevation in the rest of the state, it's easy to see that the state's capital is actually one of its lowest points and is lower than other major Arizona cities like Tucson, which has an elevation of 2388 feet (728 m) or even Phoenix's neighboring city of Mesa, which has a mean elevation of 1243 feet (379 m).
The highest point in all of Arizona is Humphreys Peak, which reaches a height of 12,633 feet (3,851 m) in total and is located in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness part of the state, not far from the city of Flagstaff. The highest point in the city of Phoenix, AZ, is Camelback Mountain, which is one of the most recognizable natural landmarks in the entire Phoenix area and measures up at 2,706 feet (825 m) at its highest point. Other high points in Phoenix, AZ include Piestewa Peak which reaches a height of 2,608 feet (795 m) and Mummy Mountain which has a peak 2260 feet (689 m) above sea level.