Scottsdale Arizona Overview
Scottsdale is a city in Maricopa County that is part of the Phoenix metropolitan area. It was formally incorporated in 1951 and experienced an immediate population growth. Today, the city has more than 258,000 residents, having grown by more than 40,000 residents in the last decade alone.
As Arizona’s sixth-largest city, it has a reputation for being a modern, fast-paced hub of commerce and entertainment. It has been called the Miami South Beach of the desert thanks to its many thriving nightclubs, bars and restaurants. It is also home to numerous art galleries and museums that draw tourists to Scottsdale.
Scottsdale spans an area of 184.4 square miles. It shares its borders with other cities and municipalities in the Greater Phoenix area.
For example, it shares its western border with the cities of Phoenix and Paradise Valley, as well as unincorporated areas of Maricopa County. Its western border is shared by the city of Carefree.
The northern border of Scottsdale extends to the Tonto National Forest while the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community occupies its southern border. It is served by the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Its downtown is located 21 miles southwest of Phoenix.
The real estate market in Scottsdale offers a combination of single-family homes, condominiums, townhouses and undeveloped lots of land. The average home price is $532,000, which breaks down to a price of $272 per square foot. Because the real estate market is so in demand here, the average home price is significantly higher than the Phoenix average home price of $269,000 or $169 per square foot.
Single-family homes in Scottsdale range in size from two to three bedrooms and higher. Modest homes span around 1500 square feet while larger, more upscale homes can be as large as 4000 square feet, if not more.
Scottsdale is home to dozens of public parks, including Camelback Park, which has open spaces and walking and biking trails. There is also Thunderbird Park, which has playgrounds, picnic areas and trails for walking and bicycling.
Scottsdale is served primarily by the Scottsdale Unified School District. It has 33 public schools, including five high schools, for area students. There are also five colleges in Scottsdale, including Scottsdale Community College, which is located on the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Reservation in 1970.
Scottsdale has one public library system. There are four branches located throughout the city.
A portion of Highway 101 runs north and south through Scottsdale. It connects to Highway 202 south of the city. It also transects Highway 51and Interstate 10 west of Scottsdale.
Within Scottsdale itself, several city routes connect to Highway 101. For example, drivers can take East Shea Boulevard east or west to intersect the highway close to the Scottsdale Fiesta Shopping Center and HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center.
In North Scottsdale, they can intersect Highway 101 by taking Hayden Boulevard and East Bell Road. The intersection for the highway is located close to the Hilton Garden Inn.
Scottsdale, in Arizona’s Valley of the Sun, has grown
from a tiny farming cluster of 2,000 persons occupying one square
mile in 1951, to a vibrant community of more than 180,000 persons
spread over an area of 185 square miles. Founded by Army
Chaplain Winfield Scott in 1888, Scottsdale, long known as the
“West’s Most Western Town,” has matured into one of the premier
examples of the new west–urbane, sophisticated, and cultured.
Scottsdale’s quality lifestyle includes well-planned living,
working and shopping areas. The city’s emphasis on mountain
preservation and protection of its rich desert areas is recognized
nationally. Scottsdale is also known for its architectural and landscape
design excellence and rich cultural, business and recreational
Scottsdale is characterized by a hospitality industry serving both
the business and leisure visitor. The Scottsdale economy today
contains, in addition to its resorts, a diverse mix of financial ser-vices
from banking to insurance and investment; business services
from advertising and public relations to software development;
computer services to market research and consulting; professional
services from major health care providers anchored by Scottsdale
Memorial Health Systems and the world renowned Mayo Clinic to
attorneys, accountants, architects and engineers; a network of
galleries that puts Scottsdale among the top art markets in the
nation; administrative offices from corporate headquarters of
companies and associations to regional offices and marketing
offices of larger organizations; a vibrant retail sector whose market
extends well beyond the borders of Scottsdale; and a manufacturing
sector anchored by Motorola in the southern part of the
city and by hundreds of small to medium-sized companies in the
Few places can provide as many cultural opportunities as are avail-able
in Scottsdale. Within an easy driving distance are numerous
high-level dramatic, dance and musical productions, art exhibits,
and performances by the Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra.
Scottsdale is noted throughout the country for its creative
approach to city planning. Running the length of the city is the
Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt, a 7.5-mile-long flood control project
that uses a system of parks, lakes, and golf courses as an alternative
to a conventional concrete channel. This greenbelt offers end-less
recreational opportunities including fishing, sailing and other
sports. In addition, the city is the winter home of the San Francisco
Giants baseball team.