Best Places to Live in Tempe, Arizona

Regional center / Capital city - South-central Arizona in a low desert valley
-Pleasant winters
-Air service
-Intense summer heat
-Growth and sprawl
-Rapidly rising home prices

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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.


City: Tempe
Zip Codes: 85281 85282 85283 85284
Time zone: Mountain Standard Time (no daylight savings time)
Elevation: 1107 ft above sea level


The unemployment rate in Tempe is 5.00% (U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Tempe jobs have increased by 3.17%. Learn More...
Compared to the rest of the country, Tempe's cost of living is 8.50% higher than the U.S. average. Learn More... or Compare Tempe's Cost of Living
Tempe's population is 175,826 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 23.94%. Learn More...
Average Commute time is 23 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes. Learn More...
The median home cost in Tempe is $243,600. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been -5.57%. Check out the homes in the area.
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. Learn More...

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Housing Market in Tempe

It's a good time to buy in Tempe. Home Appreciation is up 4.9% in the last 12 months. Browse Tempe Real Estate.

The median home price in Tempe is $243,600. Browse Homes in this Range.

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Reviews for Tempe    20 Reviews
Love of Arizona - 6/7/2014
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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HOT!!!! - 12/24/2012
I love the sun, but this area is 110+ from May through November! Each year the hot weather gets hotter and the season gets longer. And it doesn't matter that there is... (Read More)

Finally Under 100 degrees - 10/16/2012
I admit it right up front, I am not a native Arizonian! I just survived my third Arizona summer and I am so relieved it is over. It is now the middle of Oct and finally... (Read More)

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