Tempe is a relatively large city located in the state of Arizona. With a population of 180,587 people and 41 constituent neighborhoods, Tempe is the ninth 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 86.35% 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 (14.05%), sales jobs (9.53%), and teaching (8.97%).
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.
A relatively large number of people in Tempe telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.74% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
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.
Not only is Tempe a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Tempe is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Tempe a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Tempe use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Tempe‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
Tempe is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 46.52% of adults in Tempe have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Tempe in 2018 was $33,205, which is wealthy relative to Arizona, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $132,820 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 22.05% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Tempe include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Tempe's cultural character, accounting for 15.43% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Tempe is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.