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Welcome to Tempe ...

The city of Tempe is located in Maricopa County<1>.

Tempe was established in 1865.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Tempe has a population of 195,656 people<2> (see below for details).

The community of Tempe is 1,180 feet [360 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Tempe lies in the Mountain Standard Time Zone (MST) and does not observe daylight saving time

Tempe is within the (480) area code.

The ZIP codes for Tempe: 85280 85285, 85287, 85289<4>

Websites for Tempe ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Tempe had an population of 195,656 people. This is an increase of 20.99% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 23.34% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Tempe had a population of 161,719 people. This makes Tempe the county's 7th most populous community.

The population of Tempe represents 2.53% of the population of Arizona (which has 6,392,017 people), making it the state's 8th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 161,719 people, the population of Tempe increased 1.95% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 158,625 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Tempe.

Communities Also Named Tempe ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found another community named Tempe - it's located in Kansas.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Tempe.

Communities near Tempe ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Tempe.

  • Phoenix
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Phoenix
    • Phoenix is located in Maricopa County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,708,127 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Phoenix <5>
  • Mesa
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mesa
    • Mesa is located in Maricopa County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 528,159 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mesa <5>
  • Chandler
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the southeast)
  • Gilbert
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the southeast)
  • Glendale
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the northwest)
  • Fountain Hills
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast)
  • Paradise Valley
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the north)
  • Tolleson
    (18 miles [29 km] to the west)
  • Scottsdale
    (5 miles [8 km] to the north)
  • Ahwatukee
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ahwatukee
    • Ahwatukee is located in Maricopa County

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Tempe. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Tempe.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Tempe. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Tempe.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Tempe. Our list includes 21 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Tempe.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Tempe ...

Looking for more information about Tempe? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Tempe, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Tempe.

Adding Tempe to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Tempe in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Tempe was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<6>

From that list, the Tempe post office opened in 1879.

We also found Tempe in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Tempe.

The official website for Tempe:

The official website for Maricopa County:

The official website for State of Arizona:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Arizona's counties, including Maricopa, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Tempe.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Tempe - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Tempe). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Tempe or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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