Phoenix is the rapidly-growing capital of Arizona. The cost of living is below average for the state, and much lower than most metropolitan areas in the northern states. This desert oasis offers ample employment opportunities in aerospace and defense, technology, manufacturing, digital media, health care, and scientific research. Public transportation is abundant and easily accessible. Cultural events include the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Orpheum Theater, Arizona Opera, and many others. Phoenix is also the home of several professional sports teams.