Moving to Tempe – The Basics
- Tempe's Temp: Like the majority of Arizona, you won't find much rain here in Tempe. You will find plenty of sunny days and a very warm winter though. Pack your sunscreen, you’ll need it!
- The Population of Tempe: If you’re moving to Tempe, you’ll be joining around 162,000 others. It’s Arizona’s 5th largest city as of the 2010 census.
- Learning in Tempe: The Tempe Elementary School District includes elementary schools (K-5), middle schools (6-8), specialty schools and K-8 schools. The Tempe Union High School District includes eight schools: Tempe High, McClintock, Marcos De Niza, Corona Del Sol, Mountain Pointe, Desert Vista, Compadre Academy and Summer School. If you’re searching for higher education opportunities, you’ll find them in Tempe. The city is home to Arizona State University, one of Arizona’s three major universities. To determine whether you qualify for resident tuition, check out Arizona State’s residency guidelines. If you’re into gaming and/or animation, check out the University of Advancing Technology, also located in Tempe.
- Transportation in and around Tempe: Getting around in Tempe is easy. In fact, Tempe in Motion (TIM) provides bus, bicycle, pedestrian and light rail facilities and encourages transportation throughout Tempe in anything but a vehicle! Though freeways are probably the most prevalent form of travel in the valley, you can easily get around via public transportation alternatives like Valley Metro – operating bus routes throughout the city; Metro Light rail system – serving downtown Tempe and ASU; or even Zipcar – wheels when you want them. Tempe also makes getting around by bicycle easy; Valley Metro offers “rack ‘n’ roll,” where all buses are equipped with bike racks, so you can ride your bike to the nearest bus stop or Park-and-Ride location. And if you need to fly, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is a mere two miles away.
- Employment in Tempe: Opportunities abound in Tempe. The Fortune 500 companies, US Airways and Insight Enterprises built their headquarters in the bustling metropolis. Limelight Networks, LifeLock, First Solar, Salt River Project, Circle K, Fulton Homes, and Mobile Mini are also also headquartered in Tempe.
- Great Places to eat and shop in Tempe: If your idea of culture is an afternoon of shopping, or dinner and dancing, no worries; downtown Tempe offers more than 175 restaurants, nightclubs and retail shops that cater to city guests and residents. Start your day at the Mill Avenue District, where you’ll find everything from top brands to unique boutiques. After you work up an appetite, stop at your neighborhood pizza joint, Oregano’s Bistro. Then whet your whistle and lift your kilt at Four Peaks Brewing Company. After working up a sweat dancing at Club Red, cool down with the ultimate ice cream experience at Tempe’s very own Cold Stone Creamery, first opened in 1988.
- Great ways to soak in some culture in Tempe: History buffs will love visiting Old Main and the Tempe History Museum. Constructed before Arizona reached statehood, Old Main on the ASU campus holds murals by Joseph M. Henninger commissioned as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal Project. Tempe History Museum offers events, exhibitions and activities to help you connect to your new community's past and present. It also offers a learning lounge, a crawl space, and a desert survival guide for kids. For you art lovers, check out the Tempe Center for the Arts and the Public Art Program. Since its conception in 1988, Tempe’s Cultural Services Division has commissioned more than 50 permanent and temporary art projects that are free and open to the community. At the Tempe Center for the Arts, you can enjoy a variety of activities from theater, to ballet, to fine art exhibitions. If you are a performer, you can even take part in the casual Walk-in Wednesdays open mike night.
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