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-Pleasant winters
-Air service


-Intense summer heat
-Growth and sprawl
-Rapidly rising home prices

What Bert Has To Say About Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale Metro Area

Originally a resort city, Phoenix has grown phenomenally in the past 40 years into a full-scale urban center- largely made possible by the advent of air-conditioning. The Phoenix metropolitan area covers over 1,000 square miles. Downtown, which is fairly modest for a city its size, features a few skyscrapers, the capitol, government offices, and a few quality museums. Surrounding downtown are several large and fairly distinct city-suburbs, mostly built on a sprawling grid, in some cases separated by low hills. These include the large middle-class suburbs of Peoria, Mesa, Chandler, and Glendale; upscale Scottsdale; and the college area of Tempe which serves as home to Arizona State University. All areas are modern and generally lacking in historic interest, but keep in mind that Phoenix only had 100,000 residents in 1950.

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Quick Facts About Tempe

    The unemployment rate in Tempe is 5.00 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Tempe jobs have Increased by 3.17 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Tempe's cost of living is 8.50% Higher than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Tempe's population is 175,826 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 23.94 percent.
    Average Commute time is 23 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    The median home cost in Tempe is $243,600. Home appreciation the last year has been -5.57 percent.
    Tempe public schools spend $11,053 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 16.6 students per teacher in Tempe.

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Lived in Arizona 55 yrs Phoenix /Tempe lost my job and got a offer to keep my job but had to move Fall River MA. I will take the heat over days of cold anytime . January... (read more)
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any other positives here. Seriously, for Phoenix being a metropolis city that has grown leaps and bounds in the last 20 year's, it is a sad state of affair's. From our... (read more)
All these negative comments about tempe are ridiculous....take it from someone who's lived here for years, and lived in the valley since the 80's....Tempe is one of the... (read more)
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