Tempe, AZ
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Tempe is a relatively large city located in the state of Arizona. With a population of 192,364 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 87.03% 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 (14.59%), sales jobs (10.97%), and management occupations (9.07%).

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.

Of important note, Tempe is also a city of artists. Tempe has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Tempe’s character.

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 decent-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

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 citizens of Tempe are among the most well-educated in the nation: 43.60% 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 $28,602, which is upper middle income relative to Arizona and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $114,408 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 22.73% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Tempe include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Polish.

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