Tempe, Arizona is a great city, it is no wonder that we move so many people there each year. Originally named Hayden’s Ferry for the ferry that used to travel along the free-flowing Salt River, it is home to over 160,000 people now. Local Tempeans have seen a lot of change over the years, from the music scene that used to thrive on Mill Avenue to the growth of Arizona State University from a small teacher’s college to a giant PAC 12 monster of a school.
Originally the Tempe population was located along the Salt River, as the Hohokam Indians designed canal systems to shuttle water from the river to increase agriculture and make the desert more livable. Houses were designed with sleeping porches and the original settlers of Tempe slept outside and let the cool desert summer breeze cool them off. Imagine life in Tempe today without air conditioning! Seems pretty impossible
Industry in Tempe
Tempe is home to two Fortune 500 companies, US Airways and Insight. These companies do a lot for the Tempe economy and bring a lot of jobs to the area. There are also a lot of independent Tempe companies and restaurants, along with big shopping draws such as Tempe Marketplace, Arizona Mills Mall and Mill Avenue.
Elementary and Middle Schools in Tempe
Tempe elementary and middle school students are served by two districts. The Tempe Elementary School District serves the older parts of Tempe surrounding ASU, and Kyrene Schools are in South Tempe and Ahwatukee. Go to their respective websites to find out what boundaries you are in.
High Schools in Tempe
Tempe is a part of the Tempe Union High School district, which has high schools located in Tempe and Ahwatukee. Tempe High, McClintock, Marcos de Niza, Corona del Sol, Mountain Pointe and Desert Vista are all high schools in this district. There are also a host of alternative schools, charter schools, summer school and online learning options for all types of students.
Geography of Tempe
Tempe is a land-locked suburb, sandwiched in-between Chandler, Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale and Ahwatukee. The geography is mostly flat, but you will notice one significant butte, Hayden Butte. Located right next to Arizona State University, you can hike to the top, although it is not as challenging of a hike as Phoenix’s Piestewa Peak or Camelback Mountain. There is a large “A” on the top, for ASU, which is often painted blue or red by arch rivals University of Arizona despite the best efforts of ASU to guard it.
Tempe is a lively city with a lot of pride. There are staunch ASU fans everywhere and locals love the bike paths and unique atmosphere that Tempe provides. If you are thinking of making a move with the Valley of the Sun, don’t rule out Tempe.