About Tempe

Tempe, Arizona is packed with history, culture, shopping, dining, nightlife, sports and special events. Treat yourself to an ASU football game, go on a shopping spree at Arizona Mills, Tempe Marketplace or the largest IKEA on the West Coast, kayak on Tempe Town Lake, enjoy a Broadway performance at ASU Gammage hike in the picturesque Papago Park or simply lounge by the pool. Browse our Tempe information so you can plan your trip around one of our fun-filled annual events such as the Tempe Festival of the Arts or the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon. Tempe, Arizona is conveniently located just 10 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, in the middle of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

More Tempe Information and Tempe, Arizona Quick Facts:

MAYOR Hugh Hallman

AREA 39.62 square miles

ELEVATION 1,163.8 feet – from downtown Tempe/Mill Avenue

WEATHER 330 days of sunshine each year; average temperature is 85.3 degrees

MAJOR ACCESS ROADS Interstate 10, Interstate 60, Loop 202 and Loop 101

LOCATION Bordered by Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa and Chandler

HISTORY Founded in 1871 by Charles Trumbull Hayden. Hayden homesteaded in 1870 and built a store, flourmill, warehouses, blacksmith shops and a ferry that crossed the then flowing Salt River.

LIVING IN TEMPE ARIZONA Population: 165,000+; median annual income: $60,800; median age: 28

HOTEL ROOMS Tempe boasts 44 hotels featuring 5,366 hotel rooms

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY (ASU) Located adjacent to the historic Mill Avenue District, ASU is one of the largest public universities in the U.S.

CORPORATE WHO’S WHO in Tempe Arizona: Chase, Edward Jones, Go Daddy, Insight, KPMG, Monster, Motorola, Smith Barney, US Airways, and Wells Fargo

SISTER CITIES Skopje, Macedonia (1971); Regensburg, Germany (1976); Lower Hutt, New Zealand (1981); Zhenjiang, China (1989); Timbuktu, Mali (1990); Beaulieu sur Mer, France (1997); and Carlow, Ireland (1998)