Demographics

Size

Land area 40.1 square miles

Population

161,719

Ethnicity

American Indian and Alaska Native 2.9% Asian 5.7%
Black or African American 5.9% Hispanic or Latino origin 21.1%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.4% Other 8.5%
White 72.6%

Gender

Male 52.1% Female 47.9%

Age

Median 28.8 Under 5 years 5.0%
5 to 14 years 9.0% 15 to 19 years 10.2%
20 to 24 years 18.6% 25 to 34 years 18.2%
35 to 44 years 10.6% 45 to 54 years 11.1%
55 to 64 years 9.1% 65+ years 8.4%

Housing

Households 68,005 Average household size 2.44
Median value of homes (specified) $136,086 Owner-occupied 43.7%
Renter-occupied 48.3%  Vacant  8.0%

Types of residences

Single-family 47.2% Multi-family 59.95%
Townhouse, patio home 10.6% Mobile home, trailer 3.3%

Property tax rates per $100 assessed valuation

Tempe Elementary District $9.46 Kyrene District $9.10

Income

Median household $56,227 Median family $68,954
Median disposable (2008) $55,930
Average family $71,211 Per capita $28,832

Education

Facilities

Parochial, private 11 Special needs 3
Technical trade 9 Medical/dental technician 13
Theological, bible 5 Junior college 3
Universities 3 Graduate school 1
Preschool, kindergarten 25 Elementary, intermediate* 43
High schools** 5 in Tempe / 7 in district
* includes Kyrene and Tempe school districts;
** three high school districts serve the City of Tempe; district boundaries extend beyond city limits

Education attained (age 25 and over)

High school graduate 18.6% Completed an associate’s degree 8.3%
Attained a bachelor’s degree 26% Earned a master’s/ professional/doctorate degree 16.2%

Employment

Industry type (residents)

Agricultural 01% Construction 5.9%
Manufacturing 8.9% Wholesaling 2.0%
Retail 10.9% Transportation, warehousing, utilities 5.5%
Informational 2.5% Financial 8.5%
Professional, management, administrative 11.9% Educational, health, social services 19.4%
Arts, entertainment, food services 16.8% Other services 4.8%
Public administration 2.9% Total labor force 168,624
Employed 90.8% Unemployed 9.2%
Unemployment rate 4.8%
Source: 2008 U.S. Census

Industrial and Commercial

Industrial parks 85 Office complexes and developments 119
Commercial centers 86 Shopping malls 2
Restaurants 600+ Hotels and motels 45 with 5,502 rooms

Retail sales tax rates

State 6.6% County 0.7%
City 2.0% Total 9.3%

Religious Congregations

Jewish 2 Episcopal 3
Catholic 6 Non-denominational 7
Lutheran 10 Latter-Day Saints 11
Baptist 15 Other 39

Medical Facilities

Hospitals 2 Tempe St. Luke’s, Banner Desert Medical Center
Convalescent homes 4 Friendship Village, Clare Bridge of Tempe, Westchester Care Center, Carestone Assisted

Media

Television stations 11 Cable Cox
Fiber Optic Carriers Cox, AT&T, CenturyLink, Sparkplug
Radio stations 19 AM / 33 FM

Newspapers

Daily 1 Weekly 2
Monthly 2

Community Facilities

Basketball courts 47 (39 lighted) Golf courses 5
Museums 15 Libraries 8
Pools 5 Parks 48
Racquetball courts 32 (24 lighted) Tennis courts 66 (58 lighted)
Ball fields 38 (30 lighted) Skate parks 2
Splash playgrounds 3 Dog parks 5

Utilities

Electricity Salt River Project, Arizona Public Service Natural Gas Southwest Gas
Telephone Cox Communications, CenturyLink, AT&T, MCI, McLeod USA, Sprint