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Overview

Introduction to Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale was originally settled in the late 1880s with the name Orangedale. The town's name was changed to Scottsdale in 1894. Scottsdale was not officially incorporated as a town until 1951.

Scottsdale is located in south/central Arizona. It is about a twenty five minute drive northeast of Phoenix. Scottsdale is home to three Fortune 1000 Companies. Nearby Phoenix is home to seven more.

Scottsdale has twice been a finalist community for the National Civic League's coveted "All-America City Award."

Scottsdale has an arid climate that is characterized by some of the hottest seasonal temperatures anywhere. January is the coolest month of the year with an average daily temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit. July is the warmest month of the year with an average daily temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Scottsdale is almost always sunny, and receives very little rain.

Scottsdale Arts and Entertainment

For a city of modest size, Scottsdale provides a good assortment of arts and entertainment offerings. Some of the more notable include:

  • Casino Arizona at Indian Bend
  • Casino Arizona at Salt River
  • The Desert Botanical Garden in Papago Salado
  • The Main Street Arts District
  • The Marshall Way Arts District
  • Old Town Scottsdale
  • The Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park in Papago Salad
  • The Scottsdale Center for the Arts
  • The Scottsdale Historical Museum
  • The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Close proximity to Phoenix also gives Scottsdale residents and visitors easy access to all of the arts and entertainment offerings of Phoenix, Arizona's largest city.

For sports enthusiasts, nearby Phoenix provides enough sports attractions to keep the most avid sports fan happy. Professional sports offerings include Major League Baseball's (MLB) Arizona Diamondbacks, the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Phoenix Suns, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, the National Football League's (NFL) Arizona Cardinals, the National Hockey League's (NHL) Phoenix Coyotes, and the national Lacrosse League's (NLL) Arizona Sting who play in nearby Glendale.

In addition, in the spring of every year, nine major league baseball teams come to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area for spring training. Scottsdale is also home to the FBR Open Golf Tournament held at the Tournament Players Club.

People

Total Population 227,471
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 21.9%
Employed Population 16+ 114,409
Age of the Population 46

Families

% of people married 51.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 54.2%
Median Earnings25+ $49,778
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,769
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,229

Wealth

Median Family Income $98,540
% Above Poverty Level 90.5%
% Below Poverty Level 9.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 10.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 34%
Median Gross Rent $1,140
Median House Value $388,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.4%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.9%
Irish 12.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Scottsdale Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 7 miles NW of Mesa, Arizona
County Maricopa
Metro Area Phoenix - Mesa
Standard Zip Codes 85250, 85251, 85253, 85254, 85255, 85256, 85257, 85258, 85259, 85260, 85262, 85263, 85264, 85266, 85268
P.O. Box Zip Codes 85252, 85261, 85267, 85269, 85271
Phone Area Codes 602
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.509
Longitude -111.898

Scottsdale Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station TEMPE A S U
Distance 6.7 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 68 F
Apr Temp 52 to 85 F
Jul Temp 76 to 104 F
Oct Temp 58 to 89 F
Annual Precip 9.3 inches
Station PHOENIX SKY HRBR INTL AP
Distance 7.9 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 65 F
Apr Temp 58 to 83 F
Jul Temp 81 to 104 F
Oct Temp 63 to 86 F
Annual Precip 8.2 inches
Station MESA
Distance 7.9 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 67 F
Apr Temp 54 to 85 F
Jul Temp 77 to 106 F
Oct Temp 59 to 89 F
Annual Precip 9.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Scottsdale, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Fort McDowell (85264)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cave Creek 5,122 $85,746
Guadalupe 6,012 $36,477
Mesa 458,860 $59,442
Paradise Valley 13,477 $212,179
Phoenix 1,514,208 $54,053
Tempe 169,816 $63,682

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Scottsdale Public Libraries

Library
Scottsdale Public Library
3839 NORTH DRINKWATER BOULEVARD
Scottsdale, Arizona
(480) 312-2474
Library Web Site

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Scottsdale Hospitals

SCOTTSDALE HEALTHCARE-OSBORN
(Proprietary)
7400 EAST OSBORN ROAD
(480) 882-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

BARIX CLINICS OF ARIZONA
(Proprietary)
17500 N PERIMETER DRIVE
(480) 538-3000
Emergency Service: No

SCOTTSDALE HEALTHCARE-SHEA
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
9003 E SHEA BLVD
(480) 323-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Scottsdale High Schools

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DESERT MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL
12575 E. VIA LINDA
480-484-7000
Serves 2,417 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.4

HORIZON HIGH SCHOOL
5601 E GREENWAY ROAD
602-953-4104
Serves 2,395 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.6

CHAPARRAL HIGH SCHOOL
6935 E. GOLD DUST
480-484-6500
Serves 1,795 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.3

SAGUARO HIGH SCHOOL
6250 N. 82ND STREET
480-484-7100
Serves 1,685 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.6

CORONADO HIGH SCHOOL
2501 NORTH 74TH STREET
480-484-6800
Serves 1,249 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

FOOTHILLS ACADEMY
7191 EAST ASHLER HILLS DRIVE
480-488-5583
A Charter School.
Serves 264 students.

DESERT EAGLE SECONDARY SCHOOL
4827 N. COUNTRY CLUB
480-362-2000
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 230 students.

BASIS SCOTTSDALE
9128 E. SAN SALVADOR
480-451-7500
A Charter School.
Serves 139 students.

CLASSICS AND FOUR ARTS ACADEMY
7475 E MCDOWELL RD
480-874-3912
A Charter School.
Serves 95 students.

SIERRA VISTA ACADEMY
7501 E. OAK STREET
480-484-7900
Serves 46 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.1

KACHINA COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL #2 (KACHINA SCHOOL FOR
8820 E MCDONALD
480-922-8751
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.

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