Located just 10 miles east of Phoenix is the city of Tempe, Arizona. Named after the Vale of Tempe, a gorge in central Greece, this city of 182,000 residents sits at the base of Camelback Mountain, which can be seen from anywhere in the city.
Tempe is also home to the largest campus of the highly ranked Arizona State University. This campus of 51,000 students makes a huge impact on the city — from its popular Sun Devil athletics programs to its many arts and culture offerings. In 2016, Livability.com ranked Tempe as the Number 1 Top College Town in America.
Besides having a great college town ambiance, Tempe has a lot of big-city amenities, one of them being a top-notch public transportation system. Downtown Tempe is bustling with great restaurants, bars and shopping and is popular with students and locals. The shopping in Tempe can’t be beat, with the Arizona Mills 185-store mega-mall. For casual shopping there’s the Tempe Marketplace, a lively outdoor mall that features live music, outdoor fireplaces and more.
Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of Tempe’s 330 days of sunshine on the 175 miles of dedicated walking and biking trails. In the middle of the city is Tempe Town Lake where you can hike, fish and kayak. Tempe takes its sports pretty seriously, being the host of Ironman Arizona, and the spring training host city of the Los Angeles Angels.
The arts and cultural scene in Tempe is vibrant and there are many options in Tempe. The Gammage Auditorium on the ASU campus was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and is one of the world’s largest venues for Broadway performances and concerts.
Every year, Tempe puts on a two-day music festival at the Tempe Beach Park. Other events on the lake are the Arizona Dragon Boat Festival and the Fantasy of Lights boat parade.
The economy in Tempe is thriving and has a diversified base. The top employers are Arizona State University, State Farm and Wells Fargo, and Tempe is also becoming a hotspot for technology companies. It’s no wonder that Tempe has been recognized by Livability.com as one of America’s 100 Best Places to Live.
The median home value in Tempe is $276,300, with many neighborhoods from which to choose. Tally Ho Farms and Alta Mira are both popular and established neighborhoods in Tempe.
If you are looking for a Southwest city with big-city amenities, a growing economy and loads of cool things to do, Tempe may be the perfect fit for you.