TEMPE, AZ

Tempe is a city in Maricopa County bordered by Phoenix to the west, Scottsdale to the north, Mesa to the east, and Chandler to the south.  Ancient Sonoran Desert People, referred to as the Hohokam, lived here for about 1,500 years and abandoned their settlement during the 15th century.  400 years later, the area started picking up with new arrivals of farmers.  Tempe was named after comparing the Salt River valley near a 300 ft tall butte to the Vale of Tempe near Mt Olympus in Greece by pioneer, Darrel Duppa.  It was founded in 1871 and the name was adopted in 1879.  In 1887, the Maricopa & Phoenix Railroad was built crossing the Salt River at Tempe, linking the town to the nation’s growing transportation system.  Tempe then became an important business and shipping center for the surrounding agricultural area.  In the last 60’s, a group of ASU architecture students had a vision for a design for an inland seaport, which later became & grew into Tempe Town Lake in 1999, a 2-mile water recreational area in the heart of Tempe.

Tempe is well-known as the home of Arizona State University and has hosted the Super Bowl, the 2004 presidential debate, and a mass by Pope John Paul II.  It also holds events such as Angels Spring Training, Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, and Ironman Arizona, just to name a few.

Approximate Population: 192,300 +

Top companies/employers: Arizona State University; State Farm; SRP; Wells Fargo; ABM Industries

Companies headquartered in Tempe: Insight Enterprises, Limelight Networks, LifeLock, First Solar, Salt River Project, Circle K, Fulton Homes, and Mobile Mini

Median household income: $48k

Airports: Phoenix Sky Harbor International

Things to do:

  • Tempe Town Lake
  • Downtown Temp
  • Tempe Center for the Arts
  • Arizona Mills
  • Papago Park
  • Desert Botanical Garden
  • Phoenix Zoo
  • Tempe Marketplace
  • Escape Zone
  • Big Surf Waterpark
  • Kiwanis Lake
  • C2 Tactical
  • Four Peaks Brewery Tours
  • Lumberjaxes Ax Throwing
  • Singh Meadows
  • Tempe Improv

Annual Events:

  • Tempe Festival of the Arts
  • Four Peaks Oktoberfest
  • Fiesta Bowl
  • Tempe Tardeada
  • Ironman Arizona