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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
County Maricopa County
Standard Zip Codes85281, 85282, 85284, 85283
P.O. Box Zip Codes85280, 85285
Company Zip Codes85287
Phone Area Codes480, 602, 520
Time ZoneAmerica/Phoenix
Approximate Latitude33.4
Approximate Longitude-111.92

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

Tempe Public Schools

Children First Academy - Tempe
1938 East Apache Blvd.
ZIP: 85281
Primary
Total Enrollment 202
Evit - Tempe High School
1730 S Mill Ave
ZIP: 85281
High
Total Enrollment 1
Flora Thew Elementary School
2130 E Howe Ave
ZIP: 85281
Primary
Total Enrollment 645
Gililland Middle School
1025 S Beck Ave
ZIP: 85281
Middle
Total Enrollment 901
Holdeman Elementary School
1326 West 18th St
ZIP: 85281
Primary
Total Enrollment 618
Integrity Education Centre
515 E. Continental Dr., #123
ZIP: 85281
Other
Total Enrollment 53
Laird Elementary School
1500 N Scovel St
ZIP: 85281
Primary
Total Enrollment 433
New School For The Arts
1216 East Apache Boulevard
ZIP: 85281
High
Total Enrollment 195
New School For The Arts Middle School
1216 E. Apache Blvd
ZIP: 85281
Middle
Total Enrollment 71
Scales Technology Academy
1115 W 5th St
ZIP: 85281
Primary
Total Enrollment 533
Student Choice High School
1833 N. Scottsdale Road
ZIP: 85281
High
Total Enrollment 130
Tempe High School
1730 S. Mill Ave.
ZIP: 85281
High
Total Enrollment 1550
Arredondo Elementary School
1330 E Carson Dr
ZIP: 85282
Primary
Total Enrollment 350
Broadmor Elementary School
311 E Aepli Drive
ZIP: 85282
Primary
Total Enrollment 673
Carminati School
4001 S Mcallister Ave
ZIP: 85282
Primary
Total Enrollment 372
Connolly Middle School
2002 East Concorda Drive
ZIP: 85282
Middle
Total Enrollment 1058
Curry Elementary School
1974 East Meadow Drive
ZIP: 85282
Primary
Total Enrollment 560
Edoptions Hs Learning Center
2150 E Southern Avenue
ZIP: 85282
High
Total Enrollment 366
Evans Elementary School
4525 S College Ave
ZIP: 85282
Evit - Mcclintock High School
1830 E. Del Rio Dr
ZIP: 85282
High
Total Enrollment 3
Hudson Elementary School
1325 E Malibu Dr
ZIP: 85282
Primary
Total Enrollment 476
Humanities And Science High School - Tempe
1105 East Broadway Road
ZIP: 85282
High
Total Enrollment 4
Humanities And Sciences Academy Arizona
1105 East Broadway Road
ZIP: 85282
High
Total Enrollment 67
Imagine Tempe
1538 East Southern Ave., A-g
ZIP: 85282
Primary
Total Enrollment 280
International Commerce High School - Tempe
1105 E. Broadway Road
ZIP: 85282
High
Total Enrollment 173
Intervention Learning Program
2228 South Country Club Way
ZIP: 85282
Kaizen Education Foundation Dba Quest High School
5040 S. Price Rd.
ZIP: 85282
High
Total Enrollment 25
Mcclintock High School
1830 E Del Rio Dr
ZIP: 85282
High
Total Enrollment 1771
Pinnacle High School - Tempe
2224 W. Southern Ave. Suite #, Suite 1
ZIP: 85282
High
Total Enrollment 66
Pinnacle Virtual High School
4700 S. Mcclintock Dr., Unit 140
ZIP: 85282
Other
Total Enrollment 259
Tempe Academy Of International Studies Mckemy Campus
2250 S.college Ave
ZIP: 85282
Middle
Total Enrollment 198
Tempe Preparatory Junior Academy
1251 E. Southern Avenue
ZIP: 85282
Middle
Total Enrollment 206
Ward Traditional Academy
1965 East Hermosa Drive
ZIP: 85282
Primary
Total Enrollment 483
Aguilar School
5800 S. Forest Ave.
ZIP: 85283
Primary
Total Enrollment 516
Compadre High School
500 W Guadalupe Rd
ZIP: 85283
High
Total Enrollment 536
Evit - Compadre High School
500 W. Guadalupe Rd.
ZIP: 85283
High
Evit - Marcos De Niza High School
6000 S. Lakeshore Dr
ZIP: 85283
High
Total Enrollment 1
Fees College Preparatory Middle School
1600 E Watson Dr
ZIP: 85283
Middle
Total Enrollment 925
Fuller Elementary School
1975 East Cornell Drive
ZIP: 85283
Primary
Total Enrollment 610
Getz School
625 W Cornell Dr
ZIP: 85283
Primary
Total Enrollment 159
Grand Canyon College Preparatory Charter School
7541 South Willow Drive
ZIP: 85283
Other
Total Enrollment 93
James Madison Preparatory School
5815 S. Mcclintock
ZIP: 85283
High
Total Enrollment 184
Kyrene De Los Ninos School
1330 E. Dava Dr.
ZIP: 85283
Primary
Total Enrollment 706
Kyrene Del Norte School
1331 East Redfield Road
ZIP: 85283
Primary
Total Enrollment 512
Marcos De Niza High School
6000 S Lakeshore Drive
ZIP: 85283
High
Total Enrollment 1582
Pinnacle Charter High School
1712 E. Guadalupe Rd. Suite 1
ZIP: 85283
High
Total Enrollment 51
Rover Elementary School
1300 E. Watson Drive
ZIP: 85283
Primary
Total Enrollment 511
Tapbi
500 West Guadalupe Road
ZIP: 85283
High
Tempe Preparatory Academy
1251 E. Southern Ave
ZIP: 85283
High
Total Enrollment 226
Wood School
727 W Cornell Dr
ZIP: 85283
Primary
Total Enrollment 582
C I Waggoner School
1050 E Carver Rd
ZIP: 85284
Primary
Total Enrollment 612
Center For Educational Excellence
1700 E. Elliot, #9
ZIP: 85284
Primary
Total Enrollment 358
Corona Del Sol High School
1001 E. Knox Road
ZIP: 85284
High
Total Enrollment 2781
Evit - Corona Del Sol High School
1001 E Knox Rd
ZIP: 85284
High
Total Enrollment 2
Kyrene De La Mariposa School
50 E. Knox Road
ZIP: 85284
Primary
Total Enrollment 548
Kyrene De Las Manitas School
1201 W Courtney Lane
ZIP: 85284
Primary
Total Enrollment 597
Kyrene Middle School
1050 East Carver Road
ZIP: 85284
Middle
Total Enrollment 1056
Tempe Thomas J. Pappas Regional Elementary School
1938 E. Apache Blvd.
ZIP: 85382

Tempe Private Schools

Phoenix Metro Islamic School
125 E 6th St Ste 7
ZIP: 85281
Elementary
Total Enrollment 67
The Aces-tempe
1515 S Indian Bend Rd
ZIP: 85281
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 112
Emmanuel Lutheran School
715 W Southern Ave
ZIP: 85282
Elementary
Total Enrollment 137
Grace Community Christian School
1200 E Southern Ave
ZIP: 85282
Elementary
Total Enrollment 273
Our Lady Of Mount Carmel School
2117 S Rural Rd
ZIP: 85282
Elementary
Total Enrollment 417
The French American School Of Arizona
2222 S Price Rd
ZIP: 85282
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
Bethany Christian School
6304 S Price Rd
ZIP: 85283
Elementary
Total Enrollment 166
Bethany Learning Center
6240 S Price Rd
ZIP: 85283
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Gethsemane Lutheran School
1035 E Guadalupe Rd
ZIP: 85283
Elementary
Total Enrollment 147
Dayspring Preschool & Kindergarten
1365 E Elliot Rd
ZIP: 85284
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
Joyful Beginnings Academy
9325 S Rural Rd
ZIP: 85284
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
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