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Tempe is a city in Maricopa County, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metro area.
The community was named after the Greek Vale of Tempe.
The latitude of Tempe is 33.414N. The longitude is -111.908W.
It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,181 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 158,880.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Tempe demographic reports
Tempe is on the Salt River.
Founded by homesteader Charles Trumbull Hayden
Early settlements of Hayden's Ferry and San Pablo merged into community named Tempe in 1879.
Public transportation: Tempe Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,013. The number of murders and homicides was 7. The violent crime rate was 6.2 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 4 on the Best Places to Live and Work in America list compiled by BestJobsUsa.com, 2002
Filming location for:
· 1996 movie, "Jerry Maguire"
Well-known residents have included:
· Dwight Phillips, Olympic gold medallist (track)
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Gloria Jean's, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Tempe Tardeada - Oct. 14, 2007
- Great Arizona Beer Festival - March 10-11, 2007
- Music Festival - March 30-31, 2007
- Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts - Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2007
- Way Out West Oktoberfest - Oct. 5-7, 2007
Dates often change. Check Tempe web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation:
Coronado National Forest, Sabino Canyon Recreation Area
Historic sites and museums: Tempe Historical Museum, Niels Peterson House
Colleges and universities:
Arizona State University -- Main Campus, Lamson Junior College, Rio Salado Community College, North American Technical College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 99
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Ancestry & family history
16% of Tempe residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Tempe ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Tempe was $22,406, compared with $21,587 nationally.
40% of Tempe residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Tempe festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Music Festival - M
- Tempe Tardeada - O
- Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts - N
- Great Arizona Beer Festival - M
- Way Out West Oktoberfest - O
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Tempe festival web sites:
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Median rent in Tempe, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $652. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,055.
Libraries in Tempe include Tempe Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Tempe include East Valley Tribune, Kyrene Corridor Wrangler News
Maricopa County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Tempe political report.
The average commute time for Tempe workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 63 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Tempe between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 4.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly lower than the national norm.
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