Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Setting
    Midsize City
  • Population
    163,928
  • Population Density
    4,067 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    40 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    275 3.6
Tempe is a midsize city in Arizona with 163,928 residents. It has high home values, average rent costs, and average unemployment levels. Its citizens generally have high education levels and average income levels.

Ratings and Reviews
3.6 from 275 reviews
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    • 3
    Crime & Safety at Tempe: I personally have had issues with people doing harm to my vehicle at night. I suppose the police can't do a whole lot about it. I feel safe though because I have dogs.
    • 3
    Housing at Tempe: It depends on the part of town you live in. The area I live in is great, but you could go over a few blocks and the police could be getting called there every other day. The cost of housing is going up.
    • 3
    Weather at Tempe: Phoenix Arizona does not get any snow, and is mostly known for it's hot, dry summers. We do get bad thunderstorms and dust storms in the summer which brings flooding.
    • 4
    Food & Drink at Tempe: I live in a city that is known for it's college. This means there needs to be a lot of options for students to go out late at night and eat and have fun. There are a few options for fine dining, but prices can be iffy.
    • 3
    Employment at Tempe: I live in a city so there are many businesses, stores, and fast food joints that all require workers. Many people I know have a job in that area og work. I think it can be difficult to find a job, depending on the time of year.

Nearby Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
2.33 Guadalupe 5,586
4.00 Chandler 233,509
3.00 Salt River Township 7,918
3.00 Phoenix 1,455,565
3.33 Mesa 441,711
4.00 Scottsdale 219,311

Comparable Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
4.00 Gilbert 201,742
3.00 Glendale 229,611
3.66 Peoria 151,770
3.33 Surprise 110,097

ZIP Codes

Niche Grade Name Population
3.00 85281 55,292
3.33 85282 52,470
3.66 85283 44,501
4.00 85284 17,310

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
4.00 Chandler Unified School District 43
3.66 Tempe Union High School District 8
3.66 Scottsdale Unified School District 35
Kyrene Elementary School District 26
3.33 Mesa Unified School District 93
Tempe School District 25
Balsz Elementary School District 5
2.33 Phoenix Union High School District 16

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
Sequoia Academics & Arts Charter Elementary School Public, Charter K-8 Elementary, Middle
2.33 Imagine Elementary - Tempe Public, Charter K-8 Elementary, Middle
4.33 Great Hearts Academies - Anthem Preparatory Academy Public, Charter K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
2.33 Sonoran Science Academy - Phoenix Public, Charter K-10 Elementary, Middle
1.66 Vista Grove Preparatory Academy Elementary School Public, Charter K-6 Elementary, Middle
Vector Prep & Arts Academy Public, Charter K-6 Elementary, Middle
4.33 Great Hearts Academies - Veritas Preparatory Academy Public, Charter 6-12 Middle, High
McKemy Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
Meyer Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
Arts Academy at South Mountain Public, Charter K-8 Elementary, Middle
4.33 Dobson Academy Public, Charter K-8 Elementary, Middle
4.33 Villa Montessori Charter School - Phoenix Campus Public, Charter K-8 Elementary, Middle
Bustoz School Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 Self Development Charter School Public, Charter K-8 Elementary, Middle
4.00 Eduprize School - Gilbert Public, Charter K-8 Elementary, Middle
International Commerce High School Public, Charter 9-12 High
4.00 Tempe Preparatory Junior Academy Public, Charter 6-8 Middle
4.00 Great Hearts Academies - Mesa Preparatory Academy Public, Charter 6-12 Middle, High
4.00 Paragon Science Academy Public, Charter K-9 Elementary, Middle
4.00 Mountain View High School Public 10-12 High
4.00 Kyrene del Cielo Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Tempe Preparatory Academy Public, Charter 7-12 Middle, High
4.00 SABIS International School Public, Charter K-8 Elementary, Middle
Midtown Primary School Public, Charter K-5 Elementary
4.00 Benjamin Franklin Charter School - Gilbert Public, Charter K-6 Elementary, Middle

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
91st Psalm Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
The Marion Burton School Private, Alternative 6-12 High
Academic Behavioral Alternatives - Chandler Campus Private, Special Education 7-12 High
Youth Development Institute School Private, Religious, Special Education 6-12 High
4.00 Phoenix Country Day School Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
William K. Eaton School Private, Alternative, All-Boys 8-12 Middle, High
4.00 Arizona Cultural Academy Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
The Austin Centers for Exceptional Students (ACES) - East Private, Special Education K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.66 Brophy College Preparatory High School Private, Religious, All-Boys 6-12 High
3.33 Xavier College Preparatory Roman Catholic High School Private, Religious, All-Girls 9-12 High
Faith Christian School Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Gateway Academy Private, Special Education 2-12 Elementary, High
Redeemer Christian School Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
2.66 Seton Catholic Preparatory High School Private, Religious 9-12 High
Gateway Baptist Academy Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Providence Classical School Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
2.33 Valley Lutheran High School Private, Religious 9-12 High
2.33 Valley Christian High School Private, Religious 9-12 High
2.33 Gilbert Christian Schools Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
2.33 St. Mary's Catholic High School Private, Religious 9-12 High
2.33 Phoenix Christian Unified Schools Private, Religious 6-12 High
St. Paul's Preparatory Academy Private, Religious, All-Boys 9-12 High
Ville de Marie Academy Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
2.33 Arizona Lutheran Academy Private, Religious 9-12 High
Cenpatico Schools Private, Special Education K-12 Elementary, Middle, High

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
3.66 Arizona State University
2.33 Arizona Christian University
University of Phoenix - Online
Mesa Community College
Argosy University - Online
Glendale Community College - Arizona
Grand Canyon University
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
University of Phoenix - Phoenix
Rio Salado College
Scottsdale Community College
Phoenix College
Paradise Valley Community College
Estrella Mountain Community College
Motorcycle Mechanics Institute - Phoenix
Universal Technical Institute - Phoenix
Western International University
Anthem College - Phoenix
South Mountain Community College
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - Scottsdale
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa
GateWay Community College - Phoenix
Brookline College - Phoenix
Southwest Institute of Healing Arts
National Paralegal College

Around Tempe

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Demographics

Racial Diversity

Tempe, AZ United States Arizona Phoenix Metro Area Gilbert, AZ Glendale, AZ Peoria, AZ Surprise, AZ
White 61.44% 64.16% 58.16% 59.05% 71.72% 52.22% 72.78% 73.27%
Hispanic 20.74% 16.05% 29.41% 29.31% 15.15% 35.29% 18.32% 17.76%
Asian 6.73% 4.67% 2.65% 3.18% 6.07% 3.39% 2.91% 1.58%
African American 4.64% 12.21% 3.76% 4.61% 3.81% 5.40% 3.55% 4.57%
Native American 2.86% 0.66% 4.05% 1.86% 0.57% 1.12% 0.73% 0.64%
Multiracial 2.77% 1.85% 1.62% 1.61% 2.38% 2.25% 1.51% 1.66%
Pacific Islander 0.52% 0.15% 0.17% 0.20% 0.08% 0.11% 0.09% 0.25%
Other 0.26% 0.21% 0.14% 0.15% 0.18% 0.18% 0.06% 0.24%

Age

Tempe, AZ United States Arizona Phoenix Metro Area Gilbert, AZ Glendale, AZ Peoria, AZ Surprise, AZ
9 years and under 11% 13% 14% 15% 18% 15% 14% 18%
10 to 17 years 8% 11% 11% 11% 15% 13% 12% 12%
18 to 24 years 24% 10% 10% 10% 8% 12% 8% 5%
25 to 34 years 19% 13% 14% 14% 14% 14% 12% 14%
35 to 44 years 11% 14% 13% 14% 18% 14% 15% 14%
45 to 54 years 11% 15% 13% 13% 14% 13% 14% 9%
55 to 64 years 9% 12% 11% 10% 8% 11% 11% 10%
65 and over 8% 13% 14% 12% 6% 9% 14% 18%

Education Levels

Tempe, AZ United States Arizona Phoenix Metro Area Gilbert, AZ Glendale, AZ Peoria, AZ Surprise, AZ
Less than a high school diploma 10% 15% 15% 14% 5% 17% 9% 8%
High school diploma or equivalent 16% 29% 25% 24% 17% 26% 26% 25%
Some college or associate degree 33% 29% 34% 34% 40% 35% 39% 40%
Bachelor's degree 25% 18% 17% 18% 26% 15% 18% 18%
Master's degree or higher 17% 10% 10% 10% 12% 7% 9% 10%

Gender

Tempe, AZ United States Arizona Phoenix Metro Area Gilbert, AZ Glendale, AZ Peoria, AZ Surprise, AZ
Male 51.3% 49.2% 49.7% 49.8% 49.0% 49.3% 48.2% 48.2%
Female 48.7% 50.8% 50.3% 50.2% 51.0% 50.7% 51.8% 51.8%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Tempe, AZ United States Arizona Phoenix Metro Area Gilbert, AZ Glendale, AZ Peoria, AZ Surprise, AZ
Rent 54.0% 33.9% 33.4% 33.9% 25.8% 38.9% 24.4% 22.2%
Own 46.0% 66.1% 66.6% 66.1% 74.2% 61.1% 75.6% 77.8%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Tempe, AZ United States Arizona Phoenix Metro Area Gilbert, AZ Glendale, AZ Peoria, AZ Surprise, AZ
Assault 343.2 280.9 277.4 283.5 56.9 285.8 117.5 73.7
Murder 6.6 5.6 5.6 6.8 2.3 5.2 5.7 2.5
Rape 26.5 29.2 28.7 31.7 8.9 23.2 15.2 6.6
Robbery 152.4 150.7 138.0 184.8 27.5 177.3 48.6 51.3

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Tempe, AZ United States Arizona Phoenix Metro Area Gilbert, AZ Glendale, AZ Peoria, AZ Surprise, AZ
Burglary 752.7 718.3 848.0 1038.9 338.8 1221.9 586.7 429.7
Larceny 3664.3 2276.2 2449.8 2286.7 1164.9 4662.3 2196.4 1532.4
Motor vehicle theft 294.5 275.5 308.9 390.4 76.5 525.3 168.0 97.7

Income

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Resident Opinions

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 7 responses

Getting worse
Getting better
  • Schools/education
  • Crime/safety
  • Employment/jobs
  • Home values
  • Local government
  • New residents moving in
  • New businesses/restaurants opening
  • Overall quality of life

Rate this area on the following topics:     Based on 7 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost of living
  • Quality of life
  • Things to do and see
  • The people

How likely are you to still be in this area in:     Based on 8 responses

Very unlikely
Very likely
  • 1 year
  • 5 years
  • 10 years
  • 20 years
  • Forever

How would you describe the local atmosphere of the area where you live?     Based on 7 responses

  • 0% Always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 57% Usually plenty of things to do, but there is some down time.
  • 29% There are occasionally fun things to do, but it can get boring around here.
  • 14% There is never anything to do.

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 7 responses

  • 71% Yes
  • 14% Not sure
  • 14% No

In terms of overall quality of life, how would you rank this neighborhood compared to other neighborhoods in the area?     Based on 7 responses

  • 14% Top 1%
  • 14% Top 5%
  • 14% Top 10%
  • 14% Top 25%
  • 43% Top 50%
  • 0% Bottom 50%

In terms of overall quality of life, how would you rank the area you live in comparison to everywhere else in the country?     Based on 7 responses

  • 0% Top 1%
  • 14% Top 5%
  • 14% Top 10%
  • 14% Top 25%
  • 43% Top 50%
  • 14% Bottom 50%

In general, has this area become a better or worse place to live since you first moved there?     Based on 6 responses

  • 0% Significantly better
  • 17% Slightly better
  • 83% Same
  • 0% Slightly worse
  • 0% Significantly worse

What is the most helpful tip for a new resident to know before moving to this area?     Based on 6 responses

  • 50% Lots of job opportunities
  • 33% My helpful tip would be to expect no snow.
  • 17% This is Arizona. That is all.
  • 0% Plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities

What one word or phrase best describes this area?     Based on 7 responses

  • 80% Nice area for going to school
  • 20% Swag
  • 0% Fun

What one word or phrase best describes this metro area?     Based on 7 responses

  • 40% Efficiently growing
  • 40% Busy
  • 20% Location

What is your overall opinion of this area?     Based on 6 responses

  • 33% I love everything about it.
  • 50% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 17% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 0% I hate this area.

In this metro area, is it better to live in the city or in the suburbs?     Based on 6 responses

  • 67% Definitely better to live within the city
  • 0% Definitely better to live within the suburbs
  • 33% There isn't a major difference.

In this metro area, what are the advantages to living in a suburb as opposed to within the city limits?     Based on 6 responses

  • 71% Peaceful neighborhood
  • 14% Transport/Commute availability
  • 14% Safeness

What initiatives is this area taking to make the community a better place?     Based on 7 responses

  • 40% Improving roadways and public transportation
  • 20% Pet care/water for pets in summer
  • 20% Smoke-free campus and overall "green" movement
  • 10% Lightrail construction
  • 10% Increasing network of bus lines
  • 0% Walk-only zones on Campus

What are the best things about the area where you live?     Based on 7 responses

  • 36% Arizona State University
  • 21% Weather
  • 21% Mill avenue, and Tempe Market Place
  • 14% Friendly people, always something to do
  • 7% Lightrail
  • 0% Lots of events

What are the worst things about the area where you live?     Based on 6 responses

  • 43% Lack of greenery
  • 14% Some low-income neighborhoods nearby
  • 14% Lack of public transports
  • 14% Homelessness
  • 14% Low density neighborhoods
  • 0% Inner-city not as safe as Gilbert

What are the best things about this metro area?     Based on 7 responses

  • 58% Accessibility of resources
  • 17% Light Rail, Shopping, Food
  • 8% Entertainment
  • 8% The grid map system
  • 8% The library
  • 0% Bus system

What are the worst things about this metro area?     Based on 6 responses

  • 50% Traffic at college prime times
  • 50% The heat

What are the best things about this state?     Based on 7 responses

  • 75% The sunshine
  • 25% The winters

What are the worst things about this state?     Based on 7 responses

  • 50% The Heat
  • 17% The heat/too many immigrants
  • 17% The rainy season
  • 17% Rush hour