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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.

People

Total Population 169,816
Male Share of the Population 52.6%
Female Share of the Population 47.4%
Senior Citizens 9%
Employed Population 16+ 91,610
Age of the Population 28

Families

% of people married 30%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 41.9%
Median Earnings25+ $36,099
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,996
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,253

Wealth

Median Family Income $63,682
% Above Poverty Level 78.4%
% Below Poverty Level 21.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8%
% Using Public Transportation 4.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.7%
Median Gross Rent $954
Median House Value $203,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 42%
US/American 0%
English 9.6%
Irish 8.8%

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

Tempe Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 5 miles W of Mesa, Arizona
County Maricopa
Metro Area Phoenix - Mesa
Standard Zip Codes 85281, 85282, 85283, 85284
P.O. Box Zip Codes 85280, 85285, 85287
Company Zip Codes 85289
Phone Area Codes 480
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.414
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)

Station TEMPE A S U
Distance 1.4 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 MESA
Distance 5.3 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
Station SOUTH PHOENIX
Distance 9.4 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 67 F
Apr Temp 51 to 85 F
Jul Temp 74 to 102 F
Oct Temp 56 to 87 F
Annual Precip 8.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chandler 250,202 $84,761
Gilbert 230,781 $91,125
Guadalupe 6,012 $36,477
Mesa 458,860 $59,442
Paradise Valley 13,477 $212,179
Scottsdale 227,471 $98,540

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

Tempe Public Libraries

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

TEMPE ST LUKE'S HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
1500 S MILL AVE
(480) 968-9411
Emergency Service: Yes

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Tempe High Schools

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CORONA DEL SOL HIGH SCHOOL
1001 E. KNOX RD
480-752-8888
Serves 2,755 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22

MARCOS DE NIZA HIGH SCHOOL
6000 S LAKESHORE DRIVE
480-838-3200
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,955 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.4

MCCLINTOCK HIGH SCHOOL
1830 E DEL RIO DR
480-839-4222
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,797 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

TEMPE HIGH SCHOOL
1730 S. MILL AVE.
480-967-1661
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,363 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

TEMPE ACCELERATED HIGH SCHOOL
5040 S. PRICE RD.
480-831-6057
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 445 students.

TEMPE PREPARATORY ACADEMY
1251 EAST SOUTHERN AVENUE
480-839-3402
A Charter School.
Serves 304 students.

COMPADRE HIGH SCHOOL
500 W GUADALUPE RD
480-752-3560
Serves 273 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

NEW SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS & ACADEMICS
1216 EAST APACHE BOULEVARD
480-481-9235
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 271 students.

INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE INSTITUTE - TEMPE
1105 E. BROADWAY ROAD
480-317-5900
A Charter School.
Serves 204 students.

GETZ SCHOOL
625 W CORNELL DR
480-897-6233
Serves 164 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.9

PINNACLE HIGH SCHOOL - TEMPE
2224 W. SOUTHERN AVE. #2
602-414-0950
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 162 students.

LEARNING CROSSROADS BASIC ACADEMY
1130 WEST 23RD STREET
480-446-9288
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 135 students.

STUDENT CHOICE HIGH SCHOOL
1833 N. SCOTTSDALE ROAD
480-947-9511
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 131 students.

JAMES MADISON PREPARATORY SCHOOL
5815 S. MCCLINTOCK
480-345-2306
A Charter School.
Serves 128 students.

INTEGRITY EDUCATION CENTRE
1290 N. SCOTTSDALE ROAD STE.
480-731-4829
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 109 students.

SEES CHARTER SCHOOL
1290 N. SCOTTSDALE RD. #117
480-481-5051
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 96 students.

PINNACLE VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL
4700 S. MCCLINTOCK DR.
480-755-8222
A Charter School.
Serves 41 students.

CLASSICAL KIDS ACADEMY
1848 E. UNIVERSITY AVE.
480-753-0000
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 29 students.

GRAND CANYON COLLEGE PREPARATORY CHARTER SCHOOL
5801 S. RURAL RD.
480-233-3622
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 23 students.

HUMANITIES AND SCIENCES ACADEMY ARIZONA
1105 E. BROADWAY ROAD
800-762-0010
A Charter School.
Serves 16 students.

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