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Tempe, Arizona - Basic Facts

The City of Tempe is the 8th largest city in Arizona with a population of 182,149 as of July 1, 2017. Tempe ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Arizona. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Tempe is located at latitude 33.3884 and longitude -111.9318 in Maricopa County. The formal boundaries for the City of Tempe (see map below) encompass a land area of 39.99 sq. miles and a water area of 0.26 sq. miles. Maricopa County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 1,181 feet.

The City of Tempe (GNIS ID: 2412045) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Arizona is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Tempe is located within Phoenix Division of Maricopa County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Tempe population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Tempe: Butte City, Haydens Butte, Haydens Ferry, Haydens Mill, San Pablo.

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


Total Population 182,149
Daytime Population: Workers 171,854
Daytime Population: Residents 83,634
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 255,488
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.40
Population in Households 170,352
Population in Familes 102,188
Population in Group Qrtrs 11,797
Population Density2 4,555
Diversity Index3 69


Median Household Income $48,234
Average Household Income $67,147
Per Capita Income $28,257


Total Housing Units 81,322 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 29,510 (36.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 44,855 (55.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 6,956 ( 8.6%)
Median Home Value $238,391
Average Home Value $284,633


Total Households 74,366
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 34,202
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 1.65% 1.57%
Households 1.66% 1.67%
Families 1.12% 1.34%
Median Household Income   1.98%
Per Capita Income   2.35%

Tempe, AZ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Tempe to the other 451 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs 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 # 8 98th
Population Density # 9 98th
Diversity Index # 83 82nd
Median Household Income # 109 76th
Per Capita Income # 78 83rd

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