Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, adjacent to Phoenix. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2010 the population of the city was 217,385. The New York Times described downtown Scottsdale as “a desert version of Miami’s South Beach” and as having “plenty of late night partying and a buzzing hotel scene”.
Scottsdale’s climate is arid. Winters are mild and summers are extremely hot. The lowest temperature ever recorded in the city is 19.0 °F (−7.2 °C), on February 20, 1955, and the highest temperature ever recorded was 119 °F (48 °C), on June 26, 1972.
As of the census of 2010, there were 217,385 people, there are 69,967 owner-occupied housing, 32,306 renter occupied, and 101,273 households residing in the city. The population density was 1,181.4 inhabitants per square mile (455.6/km²). There were 124,001 housing units at an average density of 673.9 per square mile (259.9/km²). There were 101,290 households out of which 20.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them. According the 2010 census 51.7% of Scottsdale’s population were females, while 48.3% were males. In the city the population was spread out with 17.7% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 20 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 49, 22.8% from 50 to 64, and 19.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years.
The tourism industry is Scottsdale’s primary employer, accounting for 39% of the city’s workforce. In 2005, Scottsdale attracted over 7.5 million visitors to the city, providing an economic impact of over $3.1 billion. The city of Scottsdale by itself is home to more than 70 resorts and hotels, boasting over 15,000 hotel rooms. This large hospitality market primarily caters to a higher-end, white-collar demographic.
The city of Scottsdale is third, after New York City and Las Vegas respectively, as having the most AAA Five-Diamond hotels and resorts in the United States. In 2008, AAA bestowed five such properties in Scottsdale with the highest honor: The Phoenician, The Canyon Suites, Scottsdale Camelback Inn, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, and the Fairmont Princess Resort and Spa.
Scottsdale boasts the highest number of destination spas per capita of any city in the United States.
The region’s year-round warm weather and abundant sunshine is a major factor in Scottsdale’s tourism appeal. In particular, during the winter season, when thousands of wealthy tourists from the midwest, the northeast, and as far away as Canada, flood the area with long-term visits (known locally as “snowbirds”). These tourists, who often practice the same migration routine annually, also often end up purchasing second homes in the area.
Over the past several years however, Scottsdale’s growing abundance of trendy, high-end nightlife, upscale restaurants, art galleries and luxury shopping, has made it a highly popular travel destination for the younger white-collar, and more style-conscious, travel set.
The famed Mayo Clinic has one of its three major branches in Scottsdale. This and its resulting effects have made Scottsdale a strong destination nationally for medical care.
The aviation industry has also grown in Scottsdale, with the construction of Scottsdale Airport in North Scottsdale, in the 1960s. Today, the airport is one the busiest single-runway airports in the United States in terms of aircraft operations. Though there is little to no commercial air service, nearly all operations are corporate or general aviation.
The immediate area surrounding the Scottsdale Airport, known locally as The Airpark area has developed rapidly as a regional center of commerce. By 2004, The Airpark-area had grown to become the second-largest employment center in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, with over 50,000 people being employed within a few-mile radius of the airport itself – notably in financial, retail, service, technological, design and manufacturing fields. The Airpark-area currently houses more nearly 2,500 individual businesses in all, with a combined economic impact of over $3 billion annually, and growing.
- Houses: 104,949 (90,643 occupied: 63,098 owner occupied, 27,545 renter occupied)
- Housing density: 570 houses/condos per square mile
- Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses and condos in 2009 in this state: $188,927.
- Median contract rent in 2009: $946 (lower quartile is $767, upper quartile is $1,232)
- Median rent asked for vacant for-rent units in 2009: $1,113
- Median gross rent in Scottsdale, AZ in 2009: $1,076
- Housing units in Scottsdale with a mortgage: 42,636 (4,837 second mortgage, 5,748 home equity loan, 198 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
- Houses without a mortgage: 12,962
- Median household income for houses/condos with a mortgage: $96,895
- Median household income for apartments without a mortgage: $53,702
- Median monthly housing costs: $1,332
- BASIS Scottsdale
- Bella Vista Private School
- Chaparral High School
- Coronado High School
- Desert Mountain High School
- Foothills Academy
- Horizon High School
- Notre Dame Preparatory High School
- Rancho Solano Preparatory High School
- Saguaro High School
- Salt River High School (Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community)
- Scottsdale Preparatory Academy
- Thunderbird Adventist Academy
- Ville de Marie Academy
- Banner Behavioral Health Hospital – Scottsdale, Arizona
- Mayo Clinic – Scottsdale, Arizona
- Scottsdale Healthcare Shea – Scottsdale, Arizona
- Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn – Scottsdale, Arizona
- Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak – Scottsdale, Arizona
- Vista Del Camino
- El Dorado
- Indian School
- Pinnacle Peak Park
Indian Wash Greenbelt
This greenbelt in Scottsdale actually connects four parks: Vista Del Camino, Eldorado, Indian School and Chaparral. The greenbelt is 12 miles long, and is the most popular place in town for inline skaters, as well as joggers, cyclists, walkers, and anyone with a dog. There are sports fields, ramadas, fishing lakes, tennis courts, and more.
McCormick Stillman Railroad Park
Unique park amenities for the young ones include a lovely carousel. This park is special because of the trains and railroad-related exhibits. A ten minute train ride also takes you through an arboretum located in the park.
Scottsdale offers AMAZING golf opportunities… View the list of Scottsdale courses here.
Air: The city is also home to Scottsdale Municipal Airport (IATA: SDL, ICAO: KSDL), a single-runway airport located in North Scottsdale. With over 500 flights per day, it continually ranks as one of the busiest single-runway airports in the United States in terms of operations. While the airport serves some tour and commuter flights, the plurality of aircraft operations are corporate and transient general aviation traffic.
Commercial air travel is served by Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (IATA: PHX, ICAO: KPHX) in Phoenix and Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport (IATA: AZA, ICAO: KIWA) in Mesa.
Public transit: Public bus service in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area is operated as Valley Metro, and provides regular, frequent bus service throughout the city.
The city of Scottsdale runs a network of local neighborhood circulators, labeled the “Scottsdale Trolley.” Using trolley-replica buses, the public service is free to riders. There are currently two circulating “routes”, known individually as the Downtown Trolley and the Neighborhood Trolley. These connect at the Loloma Station transit center in downtown Scottsdale.
The Downtown Trolley circulates through downtown Scottsdale, and the Neighborhood Trolley circulates from downtown Scottsdale to neighborhoods throughout South Scottsdale, connecting with the city of Tempe’s own free public circulator, the Tempe Orbit at Roosevelt and Scottsdale Road. From there, riders can transfer onto the Tempe Orbit, and travel to Tempe, including Arizona State University’s main campus, and the downtown Tempe, or Mill Avenue, area.
For a timebetween December 2007 and 2009, Scottsdale was a member of the board of METRO, whose light rail line connects the neighboring cities of Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa.There was a study in 2001, and some discussion since, of extending the light rail line into Scottsdale. The city’s Transportation Master Plan identifies Scottsdale Road as the city’s high-capacity corridor, which could be light rail, modern streetcar service, or bus rapid-transit (BRT).
A street railway interurban line was proposed to connect Scottsdale with Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa as early as 1913but was never built; Scottsdale is the largest American city that has never had a rail line.
Robert Rudder – Scottsdale AZ Realtor®
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