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.

Tempe is made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Tempe is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Tempe is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Tempe area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

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.