Tempe, AZ
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Tempe is a relatively large city located in the state of Arizona. With a population of 175,826 people and 37 constituent neighborhoods, Tempe is the eighth largest community in Arizona.

Tempe real estate is some of the most expensive in Arizona, although Tempe house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Tempe is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.08% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Tempe is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Tempe who work in office and administrative support (14.37%), sales jobs (12.23%), and food service (9.33%).

Also of interest is that Tempe has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Tempe really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Tempe is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Tempe more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Tempe’s character and quality of life.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Tempe is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Tempe, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The education level of Tempe ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Tempe, 41.87% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Tempe in 2010 was $26,667, which is upper middle income relative to Arizona and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $106,668 for a family of four. However, Tempe contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Tempe is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Tempe home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Tempe residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Tempe also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 22.56% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Tempe include English, Irish, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Tempe is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.