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September 6th, 2017

10 Ways You Can Tell a Person’s From Arizona

There are some tried-and-true ways to tell if someone is an Arizonan or not.

Sometimes it may seem as if they speak a different language.

They have a unique view of the world that you can only understand if you’re a part of their exclusive Arizona Resident’s Club.

Okay, that’s not an actual club, though it could be.

Here are some basic truths that all Arizona natives (or transplants!) know.

1. It just makes sense to keep oven mitts in your car.

It doesn’t take more than one day of an AZ summer to convince you that few things are as horrible as the steering wheel of a car when you first get in.

Except for the metal of your seat belt. That might just be worse.  

True Arizonans can buckle their seatbelts and drive while wearing oven mitts.

You also have some towels in your vehicle to create a barrier between your skin and the scorchingly hot leather seats.

2. You know what a Sonoran-style hot dog is.

Offering a plain hot dog in a plain bun is near-insult status to your friends in the A-Z.

Arizona hot dogs, otherwise known as Sonoran-style, are piled with tomato, onion, mayo, mustard and pinto beans.

Oh, they’re also wrapped in bacon. You read that right – they wrap their HOT DOGS in BACON.

3. There’s Mexican food and then there’s some lame imitation.

Arizonans are quite sure that the Mexican food in this state is the real deal and anything else is an inferior knock-off that doesn’t compare to their amazing and authentic Mexican fare.

Yeah. We’re pretty serious about food in Arizona.

4. The word “haboob” is part of your vocabulary.

You’ll hear it said in sentences like these:

I almost got caught in that haboob, but I got out just in time.


My friends who aren’t from Arizona don’t know what a ‘haboob’ is.

It’s a dust storm. A really big, swirling, whirling, scary storm of dust. Oh, you’ll know it when it happens to you!

5. You say it’s a “dry heat.”

People from Arizona are famous for telling their non-local friends that the temps are indeed ridiculously high, but it’s a dry heat.

Yes, we Arizonans are pretty proud of the fact that our humidity is way lower than the majority of the U.S.

Grab these 5 Insurance Tips for Arizona residents to get more help with choosing the right protection you need.

6. Eh, it’s just the Grand Canyon. No biggie.

School field trips or family road trips probably involved a visit to the Grand Canyon at some point for most native Arizonans.

So we just don’t get as excited about it as our out-of-town friends, though we still don’t mind showing it off to visitors.

7. Daylight Savings what now?

Arizona doesn’t follow Daylight Savings Time. We’re rebels for sure!

8. It’s a good idea to shake out your shoes.

Scorpions. ‘Nuff said.

Scorpions are why we Arizonans shake out our shoes.

9. Hurricanes and tornadoes aren’t as scary as the animals.

We don’t have to worry about hurricanes and tornadoes, which is a definite selling point for The Copper State.


And it’s a big but.

We do have rattlesnakes and various spiders, not to mention mountain lions, bobcats and other creepy crawlies, large and small.

10. You’re either a Wildcat or a Sun Devil.

Nope, we’re not talking about actual animals this time.

Arizonans don’t mess around when it comes to serious sports rivalries.

We choose our team and then vigorously rub it in the faces of friends and family who root for the “other side” when we’re victorious.

Arizona pride runs deep

And rightfully so.

Arizona is a beautiful state full of history, culture and wonderful people who are proud to call The Grand Canyon State their home.

What other characteristics do Arizonans have that distinguish them from the people from different states?