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Overview

Introduction to Tempe

Tempe, Arizona is located southeast of Phoenix and is considered a major suburb of the larger city. Tempe was named after the Valley of Tempe near Mount Olympus in Greece. Arizona State University is located here, as is the head offices of US Airways. The city was the host of the Fiesta Bowl, although that event is scheduled to move in the future. The city holds a Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Block Party, which is known as one of the largest New Year's Eve parties in the country. Super Bowl XXX was held in Tempe, as were one of the 2004 Presidential debates. The city has a lively mixture of history, shopping, culture, dining, nightlife, sports, and special events to satisfy just about anyone. Fun in the sun is the name of the game in Tempe.

Tempe Culture

The city of Tempe has a Community Center Complex that is open to children and adults and is dedicated to helping them explore the arts. The Complex has a wide range of classes in the visual and performing arts, as well as other subjects. The Tempe Public Library is a $12 million structure that houses 405,000 volumes and features a wide variety of excellent reference material. The Tempe Historical Museum has collections and exhibits from Tempe's rich history on display. The Tempe Symphony Orchestra features a number of free annual concerts at Boyle Auditorium. Tempe's culture is rounded out by the Arizona State University's Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Downtown Tempe has both Spring and Fall Art Festivals, as well as stand-up comedy clubs and professional theatre.

Tempe Sports and Leisure

Tempe has a wide variety of sporting events that make life interesting for the sports enthusiast. The NFL Arizona Cardinals play here, and the Tostitos Bowl is held every year in the city. Arizona State University has teams in a whole range of sports and leagues. Baseball fans can catch spring training with the Angels Major League Baseball team at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The city also has a number of parks, soccer fields, lighted tennis courts, and a destination park called Tempe Town Lake. Golf courses are plentiful in the area, such as Ken McDonald Golf Course, which has an 18-hole championship course and a fully equipped pro shop. Rolling Hills Golf Course has two executive 9-hole courses, a driving, range, and gold instruction.

Tempe Outdoors

Tempe offers its visitors and residents a whole range of outdoor activities, including rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking. Diwanis Community Park offers the chance to catch fish or walk the dog, rent a boat or catch a seasonal movie in the park. Papago Park is a 296-acre park with softball fields, lagoon, picnic armadas, hiking and biking trails, and archeological sites.

Tempe at Night

Dining out in Tempe can be as casual or as elegant as the diners desire. Downtown Tempe has wide variety of restaurants, and it is the most concentrated area of cafes and eateries in the state of Arizona. Middle Eastern, Asian, Mexican, and American are very common in this area. Tempe also has a good selection of night clubs, cafes, and microbreweries for the nighttime partygoers.

Demographics

People

Total Population174,708
Male Share of the Population52.4%
Female Share of the Population47.6%
Senior Citizens9.4%
Employed Population 16+96,271
Age of the Population29

Families

% of people married30.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher42.7%
Median Earnings25+$36,697
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,327
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,331

Wealth

Median Family Income$66,061
% Above Poverty Level78.4%
% Below Poverty Level21.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work8.3%
% Using Public Transportation5%

Housing

People Living Alone33.6%
Median Gross Rent$985
Median House Value$219,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)42.2%
German14.7%
English9.7%
Irish8.5%
Italian4.8%
Polish2.8%
French Except Basque2.2%
Norwegian2.1%
Scottish2%
Swedish1.4%
Arab1.4%
Dutch1.2%
Russian1.1%
African0.9%
Welsh0.8%
Danishn0.6%
Canadian0.6%
Hungarian0.4%
Greek0.4%
Iranian0.4%
Czech0.4%
Lebanese0.4%
Nigerian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Somali0.1%
South African0.1%
Sudanese0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Haitian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
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Tempe Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Large City5 miles W of Mesa, Arizona
County Maricopa County
Metro AreaPhoenix - Mesa
Standard Zip Codes85281, 85282, 85284, 85283
P.O. Box Zip Codes85280, 85285
Company Zip Codes85287
Phone Area Codes480, 602, 520
Time ZoneAmerica/Phoenix
Daylight SavingsThe city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude33.414
Longitude-111.908

Tempe Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationTEMPE A S U
Distance1.4 miles
Jan Temp40 to 68 F
Apr Temp52 to 85 F
Jul Temp76 to 104 F
Oct Temp58 to 89 F
Annual Precip9.3 inches
StationMESA
Distance5.3 miles
Jan Temp42 to 67 F
Apr Temp54 to 85 F
Jul Temp77 to 106 F
Oct Temp59 to 89 F
Annual Precip9.2 inches
StationSOUTH PHOENIX
Distance9.4 miles
Jan Temp39 to 67 F
Apr Temp51 to 85 F
Jul Temp74 to 102 F
Oct Temp56 to 87 F
Annual Precip8.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Chandler242,131$86,590
Gilbert226,832$93,935
Guadalupe6,172$36,732
Mesa470,456$60,388
Paradise Valley13,833$231,625
Scottsdale234,495$102,842

Tempe Public Libraries

Tempe Public Library
3500 SOUTH RURAL ROAD
Tempe, Arizona
(480) 350-5500

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Tempe Hospitals

Aurora Behavioral Healthcare-tempe
6350 South Maple Avenue
(480) 345-5400
Tempe St Luke's Hospital, A Campus Of St Luke's Medical Center
1500 South Mill Avenue
(480) 968-9411
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Tempe Public Schools

Tempe Thomas J. Pappas Regional Elementary School
1938 East Apache Blvd
(480) 557-6211
Montezuma Middle School
5040 South Price Rd
(602) 953-2933
Center For Educational Excellence
1700 East Elliot 9
(480) 632-1940
Primary
Total Enrollment 363
Grand Canyon College Preparatory Charter School
7541 South Willow Dr
(480) 233-3622
Other
Total Enrollment 92
International Commerce High School - Tempe
1105 East Broadway Rd
(602) 650-1116
High
Total Enrollment 114
Humanities And Science High School - Tempe
1105 East Broadway Rd
(602) 650-1116
High
Total Enrollment 3
Pinnacle Charter High School
1712 East Guadalupe Rd
(480) 755-8222
High
Total Enrollment 89
New School For The Arts Middle School
1216 East Apache Blvd
(480) 947-3917
Middle
Total Enrollment 73
New School For The Arts
1216 East Apache Blvd
(480) 947-3917
High
Total Enrollment 201
D.w. Higgins Institute
2150 East Southern Ave
(480) 413-0829
Evit - Tempe High School
1730 South Mill Ave
(480) 461-4000
High
Total Enrollment 2
Evit - Compadre High School
500 West Guadalupe Rd
(480) 752-3560
High
Total Enrollment 1
Carminati School
4001 South Mcallister Ave
(480) 730-7102
Primary
Total Enrollment 355
Evit - Mcclintock High School
1830 East Del Rio Dr
(480) 461-4000
High
Evit - Marcos De Niza High School
6000 South Lakeshore Dr
(480) 461-4000
High
Total Enrollment 1
Tapbi
500 West Guadalupe Rd
(480) 839-0292
High
Total Enrollment 16
Evit - Corona Del Sol High School
1001 East Knox Rd
(480) 461-4000
High
Total Enrollment 1
Intervention Learning Program
2228 South Country Club Way
(480) 730-7102
Humanities And Sciences Academy Arizona
1105 East Broadway Rd
(602) 650-1116
Other
Total Enrollment 4
Imagine Tempe
1538 East Southern Ave
(480) 355-1640
Primary
Total Enrollment 315
Tempe Preparatory Junior Academy
1251 East Southern Ave
(480) 839-3402
Middle
Total Enrollment 110
Children First Academy - Tempe
1938 East Apache Blvd
(480) 461-3200
Primary
Total Enrollment 207
Edoptions High School
2150 East Southern Ave
High
Total Enrollment 26
E-institute - Tempe
1815 East Southern Ave
High
Leona Advanced Virtual Academy
5040 South Price Rd
High
Total Enrollment 31
Edoptions Aoi Program
2150 East Southern Ave
High
Total Enrollment 31
Pinnacle Virtual High School
4700 South Mcclintock Dr
(480) 755-8222
Other
Total Enrollment 524
Tempe Preparatory Academy
1251 East Southern Ave
(480) 839-3402
High
Total Enrollment 306
Pinnacle High School - Tempe
2224 West Southern Ave
(480) 755-8222
High
Total Enrollment 196
Kyrene Middle School
1050 East Carver Rd
(480) 783-1000
Middle
Total Enrollment 1231
Kyrene Del Norte School
1331 East Redfield Rd
(480) 783-4000
Primary
Total Enrollment 574
C I Waggoner School
1050 East Carver Rd
(480) 783-4000
Primary
Total Enrollment 666
Kyrene De Las Manitas School
1201 West Courtney Ln
(480) 783-4000
Primary
Total Enrollment 629
Kyrene De Los Ninos School
1330 East Dava Dr
(480) 783-4000
Primary
Total Enrollment 516
Kyrene De La Mariposa School
50 East Knox Rd
(480) 783-4000
Primary
Total Enrollment 612
James Madison Preparatory School
5815 South Mcclintock
(480) 345-2306
High
Total Enrollment 188
Bustoz School
2020 East Carson Dr
(480) 730-7102
Fuller Elementary School
1975 East Cornell Dr
(480) 897-6228
Primary
Total Enrollment 566
Ward Traditional Academy
1965 East Hermosa Dr
(480) 730-7102
Primary
Total Enrollment 493
Mcclintock High School
1830 East Del Rio Dr
(480) 839-0292
High
Total Enrollment 1855
Broadmor Elementary School
311 Aepli Dr
(480) 730-7102
Primary
Total Enrollment 587
Gililland Middle School
1025 South Beck Ave
(480) 730-7102
Middle
Total Enrollment 1051
Holdeman Elementary School
1326 West 18th St
(480) 730-7102
Primary
Total Enrollment 606
Laird Elementary School
1500 North Scovel St
(480) 730-7102
Primary
Total Enrollment 531
Mckemy Middle School
2250 South College Ave
(480) 730-7102
Meyer Elementary School
2615 South Dorsey Ln
(480) 730-7102
Scales Technology Academy
1115 West 5th St
(480) 730-7102
Primary
Total Enrollment 645
Tempe High School
1730 South Mill Ave
(480) 839-0292
High
Total Enrollment 1417
Aguilar School
5800 South Forest Ave
(480) 730-7102
Primary
Total Enrollment 568
Arredondo Elementary School
1330 East Carson Dr
(480) 730-7102
Primary
Total Enrollment 322
Evans Elementary School
4525 South College Ave
(480) 730-7102
Hudson Elementary School
1325 East Malibu Dr
(480) 730-7102
Primary
Total Enrollment 383
Rover Elementary School
1300 East Watson Dr
(480) 897-7122
Primary
Total Enrollment 567
Wood School
727 West Cornell Dr
(480) 730-7102
Primary
Total Enrollment 611
Fees College Preparatory Middle School
1600 East Watson Dr
(480) 730-7102
Middle
Total Enrollment 946
Getz School
625 West Cornell Dr
(480) 897-6233
Primary
Total Enrollment 190
Corona Del Sol High School
1001 East Knox Rd
(480) 839-0292
High
Total Enrollment 2449
Marcos De Niza High School
6000 South Lakeshore Dr
(480) 839-0292
High
Total Enrollment 1872
Compadre High School
500 West Guadalupe Rd
(480) 839-0292
High
Total Enrollment 610
Tempe Accelerated High School
5040 South Price Rd
(602) 953-2933
High
Total Enrollment 122
Student Choice High School
1833 North Scottsdale Rd
(480) 947-9511
High
Total Enrollment 124
Connolly Middle School
2002 East Concorda Dr
(480) 730-7102
Middle
Total Enrollment 1054
Curry Elementary School
1974 East Meadow Dr
(480) 730-7102
Primary
Total Enrollment 539
Flora Thew Elementary School
2130 East Howe Ave
(480) 730-7102
Primary
Total Enrollment 617

Tempe Private Schools

Emmanuel Lutheran School
715 W Southern Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 137
Dayspring Preschool & Kindergarten
1365 E Elliot Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
Grace Community Christian School
1200 E Southern Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 273
Gethsemane Lutheran School
1035 E Guadalupe Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 147
Bethany Learning Center
6240 S Price Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Phoenix Metro Islamic School
125 E 6th St Ste 7
Elementary
Total Enrollment 67
Our Lady Of Mount Carmel School
2117 S Rural Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 417
The Aces-tempe
1515 S Indian Bend Rd
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 112
Bethany Christian School
6304 S Price Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 166
The French American School Of Arizona
2222 S Price Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
Joyful Beginnings Academy
9325 S Rural Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
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