A vibrant urban oasis in Metropolitan Phoenix, Tempe exudes its own personality. Refreshingly offbeat, Tempe’s a fun town that hosts family-friendly festivals, welcomes outdoor activities and is the proud home of Arizona State University. Tempe cares about community, stresses an active lifestyle and emphasizes a laid-back atmosphere. Here, you’ll find the sports you love, the shopping you crave, the culture you enjoy, the food you’ll want to share, and hospitality worth your next update on Facebook.
The city of Tempe has a Community Center Complex that is open to children and adults and is dedicated to helping them explore the arts. The Complex has a wide range of classes in the visual and performing arts, as well as other subjects. The Tempe Public Library is a $12 million structure that houses 405,000 volumes and features a wide variety of excellent reference material. The Tempe Historical Museum has collections and exhibits from Tempe’s rich history on display. The Tempe Symphony Orchestra features a number of free annual concerts at Boyle Auditorium. Tempe’s culture is rounded out by the Arizona State University’s Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Downtown Tempe has both Spring and Fall Art Festivals, as well as stand-up comedy clubs and professional theatre.
Mesa, it’s got all the charm of a big city minus many of the associated problems. Mesa is big and getting bigger. In 2015, the city’s population was over 462,000. By 2030, that’s expected to grow to almost half a million.
On the heels of Phoenix and Tucson, Mesa is the third-largest city in Arizona. That makes it the 38th largest city in the entire United States. Its population is greater than Atlanta, Miami, and St. Louis. But people aren’t squashed together. There’s room to breathe. Mesa spreads out over 133 square miles.
Money goes a long way here. Mesa has a relatively low cost of living. On top of this, the average household income was over $64,000 in 2015… more than $10,000 above the national average. No wonder the area is growing.
But it’s not all about money. If you’re not a fan of cold weather, Mesa’s your place. The closest we usually get are some “very cool” winter nights. Even during December, people might wear a light jacket or sweater outside, but that’s optional. The area gets little annual rain. If you’re a fan of the sun, you’ve come to the right place.
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