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Tempe Arizona Facts

MAYOR Mark Mitchell

AREA 39.62 square miles

ELEVATION 1,163.8 feet – from downtown Tempe

WEATHER 330 days of sunshine each year; average temperature is 85.3 degrees

MAJOR ACCESS ROADS Interstate 10, Interstate 60, Loop 202 and Loop 101

LOCATION Bordered by Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa and Chandler

PROXIMITY Ten minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

HISTORY Founded in 1871 by Charles Trumbull Hayden. Hayden homesteaded in 1870 and built a store, flour mill, warehouses, blacksmith shops and a ferry.

LIVING IN TEMPE Population: 161,000+; median age: 28

HOTEL ROOMS Tempe boasts 44 hotels featuring 5,304 hotel rooms

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY Located adjacent to the historic Mill Avenue District, ASU is one of the largest public universities in the U.S.

CORPORATE WHO’S WHO in Tempe: Chase, Edward Jones, Go Daddy, Insight, KPMG, Monster, State Farm, Smith Barney and Wells Fargo

ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS Find shopping, dining and entertainment galore in Tempe. The Mill Avenue District offers more than 100 shops, restaurants and bars in an eclectic oasis of culture, lifestyle, and commerce. Arizona Mills features more than 175 retailers, including Last Call from Neiman Marcus, Off 5th Sak’s Fifth Avenue Outlet, GameWorks and SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium. Tempe Marketplace is thriving with 1.3 million square feet of shopping, dining and entertainment. In addition to shopping, Tempe Marketplace offers live music every week on Friday and Saturday evenings in “The District”, a pedestrian-friendly gathering place.

TEMPE TOWN LAKE Set adjacent to Tempe’s Mill Avenue District, Arizona State University and Papago Park, Tempe Town Lake embodies a unique vision for the future of the Valley. Tempe Town Lake is a regional and national destination, welcoming millions each year.

OUTDOOR RECREATION Recreational opportunities abound with 50 parks, including Papago Park with over 13 miles of hiking and biking trails and Tempe Beach Park, offering 25 acres of recreation space. Tempe has more than 175 miles of dedicated bikeways.

ARTS AND CULTURE Explore Tempe’s arts and culture scene. ASU Gammage is among the largest university-based presenters of performing arts in the world and was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The ASU Art Museum was cited in “Art in America” as “the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona.” ASU features numerous free museums and galleries. The Tempe Center for the Arts is a state-of-the art facility providing visual and performing arts experiences to the community.

SPORTS AND RECREATION IN THE AREA Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Coyotes, Arizona State University Sun Devils and Cactus League Spring Training in March (Angels play at Tempe Diablo Stadium)

SISTER CITIES Skopje, Macedonia (1971); Regensburg, Germany (1976); Lower Hutt, New Zealand (1981); Zhenjiang, China (1989); Timbuktu, Mali (1991); Beaulieu sur Mer, France (1997); Carlow, Ireland (1998); Cuenca, Ecuador (2008); Cusco, Peru (2012)

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