Located in the East Valley, Tempe is home to Arizona State University. This 40 square mile city is generally considered to be both a college town, popular with students and young professionals, and a family-friendly city, thanks to its many parks and planned communities. Popular communities in Tempe include University Heights, Shalimar, Warner Ranch, Glenview Estates, Broadway Palms, Buena Vista Ranchos, Circle G Ranches, and Orchidhouse (loft style condominiums).
Several school districts serve Tempe including the Tempe Elementary and the Tempe Union High School Districts as well as Kyrene School District and Scottsdale Unified School District.
Tempe is also home to a thriving arts community, which is drawn to Tempe’s Center for the Arts as well as its art festivals. Mill Avenue is a popular destination for students as well as young professionals thanks to its many restaurants, bars and shops. Major attractions and destinations in Tempe include the Phoenix Zoo, Desert Botanical Garden and Big Surf Waterpark, as well as Arizona State University.
Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the Papago Park, Tempe Town Lake and the Tempe Beach Park. Tempe is also home to the annual P.F. Chang’s Marathon and Half-Marathon which occur in January. Papago and South Mountain Parks offer opportunities to hike, mountain bike and rock climb. Golfers enjoy the Papago Golf Course and the Rolling Hills Golf Course.
Shopping options within Tempe include the popular Tempe Marketplace and the expansive Arizona Mills outlet mall. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is located just 2 miles from Tempe. Tempe is bounded by three major freeways: the 202, the 101 and Interstate 10.