Tempe is home to the main campus of Arizona State University and its more than 40,000 students. Tempe is the 6th largest city in the state. It is situated geographically in the center of the major metropolitan area, bordered by Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa and Chandler. Tempe’s newest attraction is Tempe Town Lake, a 220-acre lake with sailing, kayaking, pedal boats and river cruises. An annual July 4th picnic and fireworks show is held at the lake. The main ASU campus is adjacent to downtown Tempe, and on any evening, students and residents can be found visiting shops and restaurants along Mill Avenue. Because Tempe is “land-locked,” most residential areas are fully developed.
- Founded: 1881 by Charles Trumbull Hayden
- Incorporated: 1894
- Elevation: 1,163 feet
- Size: 39.5 square feet
- Population: 165,000 (2000 Census)
- Major Attractions: Arizona State University, Tempe Town Lake, Mill Avenue, Anaheim Angels spring training, NFL Arizona Cardinals training field, ASU Sun Devils, Fiesta Bowl.