Tempe. Arizona

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The city of Tempe is located in the southern portion of the U.S. state of Arizona.  Prior to United States intervention, this area was inhabited by the Hohokam peoples.  The Hohokam lived here for roughly 2,000 years before mostly abandoning it around 1450.  It wasn’t until 1865 when the United States’s Fort McDowell would be established here, along the upper Salt River.  Subsequently, military service members and Latino workers set up two separate settlements in the area: Hayden’s Ferry (named for a ferry service operated by Charles T. Hayden) and San Pablo, respectively.  In 1879, pioneer Darrell Duppa suggested the name Tempe for the area.  He compared the Salt River valley to the Vale of Tempe near Mount Olympus in Greece.  Tempe, Arizona was officially incorporated on November 29th, 1894.

According to a 2015 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Tempe, Arizona has a total population of 175,826 people.  This makes it the 138th most populous city in the country.  Tempe, Arizona is considered part of the larger Phoenix Metropolitan Area.  The Phoenix Metropolitan Area, according to that same 2015 estimate, has a total population of 4,574,531 people.  This makes it the 12th most populous metropolitan area in the United States.

Prior to the end of 2013, Tempe, Arizona served as the corporate headquarters for US Airways Group.  However, when US Airways and American Airlines merged to form American Airlines Group, the corporate headquarters were moved to Fort Worth, Texas.  Tempe was also once the home for Cold Stone Creamery’s headquarters, but no more.  However, Cold Stone Creamery’s first location is still in the city and in operation.  Tempe, Arizona is, however, home to the headquarters for one Fortune 500 company: Insight Enterprises.  Other businesses with headquarters in the area include Limelight Networks, LifeLock, First Solar, the Salt River Project, Circle K, Fulton Homes, and Mobile Mini.

The largest employer by far in the city of Tempe, Arizona, however, is Arizona State University, which is responsible for 11,185 jobs.  Arizona State University, which was established in 1885 as the Territorial Normal School, is now a public metropolitan research university.  In fact, the school claims to be the largest public university by enrollment in the U.S.  In 2014, ASU had 82,060 students enrolled in total.  In 2015, ASU had a $643.2 million endowment.  ASU was ranked by U.S. News & World as number one among the Most Innovative Schools in America for the second year in a row in 2016.

Elsewhere in the city of Tempe, Arizona, there are several fantastic performance venues.  These performance venues include Gammage Memorial Auditorium.  Gammage Memorial Auditorium seats 3,017 in total and serves as a multipurpose performing arts center.  Tempe Center for the Arts is also a destination for live theater.

As for sports, Tempe, Arizona’s sports scene is dominated by Arizona State University’s Sun Devils.  The Sun Devils, who are in the PAC-12 Conference of NCAA Division I FBS, have one 104 non-NCAA national team championships, 18 DGWS/AIAW national team championships, and 23 NCAA national team championships.  Premier among the Sun Devils’s sports programs are the Women’s Golf Team (responsible for seven of those NCAA national team championships) and the Men’s Baseball Team (responsible for five of those NCAA national team championships).

The Sun Devils’s football team play their home games, predictably, at Sun Devil Stadium.  Sun Devil Stadium, which currently has a seating capacity of 56,232, opened in 1958.  At one time it had a seating capacity of 74,865.  This stadium was the longtime host of the Fiesta Bowl, but it now hosts the Cactus Bowl.  It also hosted Super Bowl XXX.  Interestingly, Tempe, Arizona is also the official spring training host city for MLB’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Do you own a small business in the Tempe, Arizona area?  Would you like to?  These resources may prove useful to you:

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