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A+ Tempe Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C- Tempe Cost of Living Cost of living is 2% higher than Arizona
1011% more expensive than the US average
982% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Tempe cost of living
F Tempe Crime Total crime is 34% higher than Arizona
Total crime
4,59667% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2267% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-4%Year over year crime is down
Tempe crime
D+ Tempe Employment Household income is 2% lower than Arizona
Median household income
$50,4749% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$27,7057% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%11% lower than the US average
Tempe employment
B Tempe Housing Home value is 24% higher than Arizona
Median home value
$219,90019% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9854% higher than the US average
Home ownership
41%36% lower than the US average
Tempe real estate or Tempe rentals
F Tempe Schools HS graduation rate is 8% higher than Arizona
High school grad. rates
89%7% higher than the US average
School test scores
38%24% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:11% higher than the US average
Tempe K-12 schools or Tempe colleges

Living in Tempe, AZ

Tempe is a moderately-sized city located in the state of Arizona. The city has a population of 174,708 people. With a population density of 4,370 people per square mile, Tempe is well above the nation's average density level. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (70% White). Given that fact, Tempe could be considered less diverse than other cities. With an average age of 29 years old, Tempe could be a great place to live for young adults as this age is well below the national average.

Are you trying to figure out if living in Tempe is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a good experience before relocating to any new city in Arizona, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Finding the best places to live in Tempe and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes cost of living, weather, education, employment and other important metrics.

The livability score in Tempe is 72 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 71st percentile of all cities across America. There are seven total categories that form the livability score. Tempe scores well for amenities (A+), weather (B+) and housing (B). There is at least one category that does not have great scores in Tempe. The following was graded with a less than perfect score: crime (F) and education (F).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Tempe has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Mill Avenue District, SEA LIFE Aquarium, and Arizona Mills Mall.

Jobs are always a hot topic for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Your chances of finding new employment in Tempe is actually far better than most areas. With a low unemployment rate of 1.36%, finding work should be much easier than the average city.

For buyers, real estate will be the largest purchase they ever make and it will also be their most valuable asset. For renters, the monthly rent paid on their Tempe apartments will most likely be their largest expense. Based on tangible metrics like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates, housing in this area has received a score that is well above the average of every other US city.

Tempe real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Tempe. The median home price for Tempe homes is $219,900, which is 24.3% higher than the Arizona average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Tempe, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.4, which is 25.7% higher than the Arizona average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Tempe area were 7.3% and 5 year appreciation rates were 8.5%.

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Compare Tempe, AZ Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Tempe, AZ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Dava-Lakeshore, Tempe875.21,124
Cyprus Southwest, Tempe852.71,972
Sunset, Tempe8412,681
Alta Mira, Tempe846.91,433
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Optimist Park Nw, Tempe8341,150
Optimist Park Ne, Tempe834.31,308
Optimist Park Sw, Tempe834.51,122
McClintock, Tempe822.81,112

Best Cities Near Tempe, AZ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Gilbert, AZ8410.1226,832
Chandler, AZ8311242,131
Peoria, AZ8020.2158,677
Carefree, AZ7927.53,580
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Queen Creek, AZ7921.430,849
Scottsdale, AZ784.8234,495
Mesa, AZ776.3470,456
Anthem, AZ773122,571
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Cute town!

I lived here back in 2006, back then I think we lived in a bad area of Tempe. Believe it was off Hardy Dr. South at the Standard Apartments, not the best but it worked. Bunch of drug dealers were always around my complex and behind, but not sure if it has changed since then. Bunch of food places and the mall was walking distance....
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Tempe, AZ - Not Just a College Town

Many of my friends attended Arizona State University, so I've visited Tempe many times. The last time I was in Tempe was August 2009, and I always enjoy visiting the city, even in the Arizona heat. While Tempe often gets dismissed as a "college town", the city itself is much more than that. It is one of the best parts of the Phoenix metropolitan area. The new Valley Metro Light Rail system connects Tempe with downtown Phoenix, so you can get there without a car, and Tempe, due to its large student population, is dense and easily walkable. Tempe doesn't have many major attractions other than the Arizona State campus, unfortunately, but it's a great place for shopping, eating inexpensive food at various restaurants, and relaxing.

The shopping in Tempe is great. There are many unique stores, bookshops and cafes along Mill Avenue near campus, and the outdoor Tempe Marketplace is an ideal place to cool off after a hot Arizona day. Tempe is also home to Arizona's only IKEA, if you want to buy bookshelves and eat Swedish meatballs for lunch.
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Source: The Tempe, AZ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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