🇺🇸 Tempe is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. The city is named after the Vale of Tempe in Greece. Tempe is located in the East Valley section of metropolitan Phoenix. Tempe is also the location of the main campus of Arizona State University.
Economy Tempe is the headquarters and executive office of one Fortune 500 company: Insight Enterprises. DriveTime, Carvana, Limelight Networks, LifeLock, First Solar, the Salt River Project, Circle K, Fulton Homes and Mobile Mini are also headquartered in Tempe. Cold Stone Creamery was originally headquartered in Tempe and location #0001 is still in operation today at 3330 S McClintock Drive in Tempe. Tempe prides itself in assisting burgeoning businesses and has a variety of resources and programs available, such as FABRiC (Fashion and Business Resource Innovation Center) and BRiC (Business Resource and Innovation Center). Tempe is also home to the first and largest campus of Arizona State University. It was the long-time host of the Fiesta Bowl, although the BCS game moved to University of Phoenix Stadium, located in Glendale, in 2007. It then began hosting the Insight Bowl which is now known as the Cheez-It Bowl. As of 2018, there is no bowl game in Tempe because of renovations to Sun Devil Stadium. Edward Jones Investments and State Farm Insurance have regional headquarters in Tempe.
Tempe houses several performance venues including Gammage Auditorium and the Tempe Center for the Arts.
Tempe Town Lake is home to many national and international events, such as Ironman Arizona and Rock n Roll Marathon. Gammage Auditorium was also the site of one of the three Presidential debates in 2004, and Super Bowl XXX was played at Sun Devil Stadium. Additionally, Tempe is the spring training host city of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
One of Arizona's largest shopping malls, Arizona Mills, sits near the border with the town of Guadalupe. The city was the location of the first IKEA branch in Arizona, also near the southern boundary. Tempe Marketplace, a large open air mall featuring live music and water and laser shows, is located just south-east of Tempe Town Lake. Tempe can boast an array of wholesalers and manufacturers. Mill Avenue, located just west of Hayden Butte, is a shopping and entertainment area in the city popular with pedestrians and students. With the completion of Tempe Town Lake, commercial and high-rise development along the reservoir quickly transformed the cityscape of Mill Avenue and the skyline of downtown Tempe.
Top employers According to Tempe's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city include: 1 Arizona State University; 2 State Farm Insurance; 3 Freedom Financial Network; 4 JPMorgan Chase Bank National Association; 5 ABM Industries Inc; 6 City of Tempe; 7 Honeywell; 8 Total Events Management LLC; 9 Wells Fargo; 10 ADP Inc; 10 Bank of the West .
Tempe has a population of over 195,805 people. Tempe also forms part of the wider Phoenix metropolitan area which has a population of over 4,737,270 people. Tempe is the #78 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 4.8138 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores.
Twin Towns – Sister Cities Tempe has eleven sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International: 🇫🇷 Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France; 🇮🇪 Carlow, Ireland; 🇳🇿 Lower Hutt, New Zealand; 🇩🇪 Regensburg, Germany; 🇲🇰 Skopje, North Macedonia; 🇨🇳 Zhenjiang, China; 🇲🇱 Timbuktu, Mali; 🇪🇨 Cuenca, Ecuador; 🇵🇪 Cuzco, Peru; 🇸🇪 Trollhättan, Sweden; 🇮🇳 Agra City, India.