Tempe is home to approximately 185,038 Arizona residents. You’ll find Tempe to be centrally located with Phoenix to the west, Scottsdale to the north, Chandler to the south, and Mesa to the east. Tempe is part of Maricopa County. Considered an inner suburb, Tempe offers both urban and suburban style living for residents. The average commute time for this area is 20 minutes.
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Educational excellence is something the residents of Tempe take seriously. The percentage of residents with a high school diploma or higher is 92.2 percent. The percentage of residents with a bachelor’s degree or higher is 42.7 percent.
The two main school districts for this area are Tempe Elementary School District and Tempe Union High School District. Other districts that serve this area are Scottsdale Unified School District, Kyrene School District, and Mesa Public Schools.
Tempe Elementary School District is comprised of 23 schools that enroll approximately 11,830 students annually. This district serves students in grades PreK – eight. Schools they manage include 14 elementary schools, four middle schools, two K-8 schools, a special needs school, and a Montessori school.
Tempe Union High School District enrolls approximately 14,000 students annually. The district is comprised of Tempe High School, McClintock High School, Marcos de Niza High School Corona del Sol High School, Mountain Pointe High School, and Desert Vista High School. They also manage Compadre Academy and the Peggy Payne Academy for gifted students.
Sophistication meets urban living in Downtown Tempe. A hub for cultural and entertainment activities, the downtown area is also home to amazing restaurants, shops, and hotels. Whether you want a delicious cup of coffee or a gourmet meal, dining options in Downtown Tempe are extensive. You’ll find this area live and vibrant when it comes to nightlife. There are sports bars, Irish pubs, and elegant lounges that invite patrons to spend some time enjoying the urban atmosphere.
You won’t be disappointed when it comes to shopping in Downtown Tempe. Stop by Old Town Books, Candy Addict, or DIVAZ Boutique for unique shopping experiences. Other shops you’ll find downtown include The Fabric Studio, Hippie Gypsy, Urban Outfitters, and Lotions & Potions. While you’re shopping, you can get a haircut or spa treatment at one of the many salons in the area.
Downtown Tempe hosts a variety of annual events. Recently celebrating 50 years, the annual Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts draws over 250,000 visitors during the three days of the festival. Artist from all over the country apply to be part of this festival. There are 18 categories that are judged for the Best Overall Artist award and Top Artist awards for each category. Another favorite event is the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade that is held each December. Santa is escorted into town by boats of all shapes and sizes that are decorated festively. The shores of Tempe Town Lake fill with residents who gather to cheer on the procession of boats as they make their way along the parade route that begins at Tempe Town Lake Marina.