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 a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Tempe has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Tempe enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Tempe.

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.

The citizens of Tempe are among the most well-educated in the nation: 41.87% of adults in Tempe have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's 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.