Tempe and Scottsdale Named Among Top 100 Places to Live

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Homes in north Scottsdale, near Pinnacle Peak.


By one measure, Tempe and Scottsdale are among the top 100 places to live in the United States.

According to Livability.com, Tempe is 43rd, and Scottsdale's 89th.

To give you an idea of which cities topped this list, Palo Alto, California was first, Boulder, Colorado was second, and Berkley, California is third.

Immediately, we're skeptical, since we'd guess that more people would rather live in Scottsdale than Tempe.

The website scored each city on eight categories, including things like healthcare, in which Tempe scored a 61, and Scottsdale scored a 49. Never mind that the Mayo Clinic is in Scottsdale.

Understandably, Scottsdale didn't do so well on the "demographics" category, which takes diversity into account.

Tempe probably gets an edge due to Arizona State University. It also got a relatively high score on "infrastructure," likely due to its light rail hookup and proximity to the Sky Harbor airport, among other things.

You can click here to check out all the rankings.

An explanation of the methodology can be found on the next page.


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Kelly Higgins
Kelly Higgins

Which rez, Danny? I spent 6 1/2 teaching on one.

lisa cortese
lisa cortese

Choose to live and work in north scottsdale. it's clean and my community is so quiet. not everyone is a "snob". i'd rather deal with rich people with their fancy cars than loud/drunk college kids and bums peeing on my car in tempe (that happened).

Debbie Sevcik Villalobos
Debbie Sevcik Villalobos

Payson! Remind me of a small lake Tahoe without the lake. But actually I prefer lake Tahoe

Eleanor Rigby
Eleanor Rigby

I don't live in Tempe, but I go to school there and spend quite a bit of time there...yes, it is Scottsdale Jr. Gross.

Eleanor Rigby
Eleanor Rigby

If those are my only 2 options of places to live...is killing myself the only 3rd option I have?

Elva Stevens
Elva Stevens

Neither. I want back in the cold country.

Edie Shannon Miller
Edie Shannon Miller

neither-I'd choose central phoenix or downtown. I've lived and hung out in tempe and i work in scottsdale and on a rare occasion, have hung out there and there's little to no difference social scene wise.

Garyn Klasek
Garyn Klasek

I have lived in tempe, Donna, albeit between places in phx. I was just comparing mill to old town nowadays, as in how mill is trying to be more like scottsdale.

unraveledsweaters00
unraveledsweaters00

Lived in Tempe for 3 years, 2 bikes stolen, overpaid for a dungeon like apartment because it was close to ASU. But, can't beat the close proximity of entertainment and shopping and public transportation options. Moved to Phoenix to cut my work commute. 

Tim Scritchfield
Tim Scritchfield

Look at Chip. He tried putting on his big boy pants this morning. How cute....

Kirk Dooley
Kirk Dooley

I'd rather live in Billings, Montana. And I do.

Noah Richardson
Noah Richardson

I've lived in both places, and I wouldn't recommend either. Hot, dirty, lots of traffic, and armed guards at the gas stations.

Donna Bean Brown
Donna Bean Brown

Sorry, no. Tempe is NOT Scottsdale Jr...If you haven't lived here in Tempe, then you should at least visit the city before dissing it, sheesh.

Donna Bean Brown
Donna Bean Brown

Well, I've lived in Scottsdale and now I live in Tempe. They both have their distinct advantages/disadvantages. It all depends on age, marital status and what one is looking for. Either city works for me.

Sandi Hansen-Card
Sandi Hansen-Card

Albany, NY scored higher than both, but we know how you feel about New York winters.

Tim Larkin
Tim Larkin

Lived in both cities . When I was younger Tempe, now Scottsdale/ P.V. area

Joan Quinlan
Joan Quinlan

Scottsdale is great but I loved living in the Biltmore in Phoenix. It was the best. I owned 4 homes there and really miss living there.

Camille Stodgell
Camille Stodgell

Both are great places. They have a lot of other good places in AZ. to live too....

Mario Matamoros
Mario Matamoros

Lulu I'm from Mandeville and Louisana sucks dick. you're drunk. And Scottsdale has a hooters on Indian bend. Btw.

Lulu Antipyrene
Lulu Antipyrene

Now I live in Boyle Heights, L.A., and I like it more than Tempe or Phoenix. I still don't regret moving out of AZ.

Lulu Antipyrene
Lulu Antipyrene

In Phoenix, I'd live near Grand Avenue or near some tiny art enclave.

Lulu Antipyrene
Lulu Antipyrene

Tempe used to be cool, until they put up a Hooter's. If they still have the Valley Art theater, I'd say Tempe over Snottsdale. It is still close to an art and music scene.

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