Tempe is located in the southeast part of the Greater Phoenix area. It is one of the cities that are included an area often referred to as the East Valley. The city offices of Tempe are about 5 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Generally, Scottsdale is to the north, Chandler is to the south, Mesa is to the east, and the Ahwatukee Foothills section of Phoenix is to the west.
Tempe is most commonly pronounced, temp-ee. A person who lives in Tempe is called a Tempean.
Tempe got its name in 1879. According to the City of Tempe, "'Lord' Darrell Duppa, an Englishman who helped establish Phoenix, is credited with suggesting the name. The sight of the butte and the wide river, and the nearby expanse of green fields, reminded him of the Vale of Tempe in ancient Greece." The Tempe Chamber of Commerce offers a detailed history of the area.
Area Code: 480
Zip Codes: 85280, 85281, 85282, 85283, 85284, 85285, 85287, 85289