Tempe, AZ 85281 ZIP Code Profile

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ZIP Code 85281: Basic Data & USPS Preferred City Name

Preferred Name, USPS
Tempe, AZ 85281

  • ZIP Code Type: STANDARD
  • Businesses Addresses: 3,041
  • Single Family Addresses: 10,662
  • Multi-Family Addresses: 14,786
  • County: Maricopa County
  • Centroid: Latitude 33.422, Longitude -111.928
  • Time Zone: Mountain Time Zone (UTC -7 hours)
  • Observes DST: No

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Tempe, AZ 85281 Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 69,798
Daytime Population: Workers 60,684
Daytime Population: Residents 34,622
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 95,306
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.37
Population in Households 58,886
Population in Familes 26,072
Population in Group Qrtrs 10,912
Population Density2 5,286
Diversity Index3 74


Median Household Income $34,268
Average Household Income $46,068
Per Capita Income $19,801


Total Housing Units 31,572 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,598 (17.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 21,783 (69.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,191 (13.3%)
Median Home Value $195,422
Average Home Value $246,878


Total Households 27,381
Average Household Size 2.15
Family Households 8,625
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 2.59% 1.93%
Households 2.77% 2.28%
Families 2.05% 1.87%
Median Household Income   1.7%
Per Capita Income   2.77%

Tempe, AZ 85281 - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares 85281 to the other 383 ZIP Codes in Arizona by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 4 99th
Population Density # 28 93rd
Diversity Index # 78 80th
Median Household Income # 312 19th
Per Capita Income # 256 33rd

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