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Tempe, a college town with lots of energy, a great downtown, and a lake with boating!
After the Army established Ft. McDowell in 1865, Charles Hayden followed and built a flour mill and began ferry service across the Salt River. The town was then known as “Hayden’s Ferry”, but was changed to Tempe by “Lord” Darrel Duppa, an Englishman, who compared the area to “the Vale of Tempe” in Greece.
In 1885 the legislature selected Tempe as the site for the Arizona Territorial Normal School (now Arizona State University). Tempe stayed a small agricultural community until after WWII, and then started a period of rapid growth, reaching its present boundaries by 1974.
Tempe is home to the Angels major league Spring Training, and home to the Sun Devils of Arizona State University. Being a college town adds an energy not seen in other areas of the valley! In fact, the ASU Tempe campus has the largest public university enrollment in the nation for 2012 at just over 60,000 students! Its amazing and it keeps growing!
The City was recognized as an “All American City” in 2003 by the National Civic League.
The downtown area, known as “Mill Avenue” was revitalized in the 1990’s and has over 170 night clubs, and shops.
Just north of downtown is Tempe Town Lake, a 2 mile lake surrounded by parks elite developments, and a marina. You can even rent a boat and take it out for a spin on the lake!
City officials and many developers believe that Tempe will evolve over the next few years into a city with a mixed-use core where residents live, ride to work on bicycles or on public transportation, and walk to restaurants, museums, sporting events and schools.
By the Numbers
40 – square miles
175,816 – 2014 population
4,050 – people/sq mile
17 – percent under 18
28.1 – median age
ASU Tempe Campus – it creates traffic, and it creates “energy” for the city!
60,100 plus students!
Current Tempe Real Estate Market Information