The city is named after the Vale of Tempe in Greece. Tempe is located in the East Valley portion of the Phoenix Metropolitan area; it is bordered by Phoenix on the west, Scottsdale on the north, Chandler on on the south, and Mesa on the east. Tempe is the home of US Airways, Arizona State University and, until 2007, the Arizona Cardinals.
With a population of 165,000, The City of Tempe cultivates a unique urban environment in the heart of the metropolitan Phoenix area. The city offers the most educated workforce in the area and amenities such as Arizona State University, Tempe Town Lake, loft living and a vibrant downtown with more than 20,000 workers. Triathlons, art festivals, national sporting events and a variety of musical venues spotlight Tempe’s creative spirit.