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Tempe is notable for its convenient location on the outskirts of Pheonix. Situated away from the hustle and bustle of the capital, Tempe offers a peaceful, suburban living combined with the convenience of urban amenities within its vibrant downtown area. Tempe and Arizona State University go hand in hand as the campus winds throughout the city, and residents can engage in the university’s culture by attending an ASU football game at Sun Devil Stadium.
Cost of Living
Tempe’s overall cost of living is slightly higher than both Arizona and national averages, with housing being the dominant factor in this cost index. However, Tempe does boast a diverse housing selection from attached homes to one- and two-story single-family homes. Additional factors such as transportation, groceries, utilities, and basic necessities also account for Tempe’s higher cost of living.
Tempe’s diverse public transit system, as well as its walkable and bike-friendly areas, makes traveling throughout the city and beyond a breeze. Orbit is a six-route, free neighborhood shuttle that operates all year long and connects residents to nearby neighborhoods, local retailers, and schools. FLASH is another transit option, which only operates during ASU’s school year and serves the ASU campus and Downtown Tempe. The Valley Metro Bus is another bus service that connects the Valley to Downtown Tempe. Tempe also offers the Light Rail, which runs all year long and connects residents to Downtown Tempe, Downtown Phoenix, and Downtown Mesa, in addition to a streetcar that connects residents to local attractions and basic necessities. Tempe is also a car-friendly city thanks to its proximity to major roadways like Loops 101 and 202, as well as the Maricopa Freeway and Route 60.
Tempe is served by three school districts: the Kyrene Elementary School District, the Tempe School District, and the Tempe High School Union District. Out of all three districts, a total of 19 schools maintain an average to above-average rating.