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Calling itself “The West’s Most Western Town,” Scottsdale, AZ is in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, with Phoenix to the west and the McDowell Mountains to the east. In Bloomberg Businessweek’s list of America’s Best Cities for 2012, Scottsdale came in at number 43 and was called “a richer, safer sister to Arizona’s capital, Phoenix.”

Scottsdale began as a small agricultural and ranching community more than 100 year ago before being incorporated in 1951. As of the 2010 Census, Scottsdale had a population of 217,385 with a median household income of $71,816. Residents and visitors enjoy Scottsdale’s sunny skies and an average year-round temperature of 74 degrees.

Scottsdale was also ranked number 12 in a list of the top destinations for meetings in the country for 2012. The rankings were created by Cvent, a web-based software company. Scottsdale was recognized for its beautiful climate and more than 70 resorts and hotels, ranging from over-the-top luxury to cozy, modest lodging.

State Route 101, known locally as Loop 101, provides residents with freeway access to the Phoenix metropolitan area, the state of Arizona and beyond. The Scottsdale Trolley offers free transportation via two circulating routes on trolley-replica buses. Many business and leisure travelers use the Scottsdale Municipal Airport, while Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is just 10 miles from downtown Scottsdale.

Local students are served by the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD), which also operates schools in parts of Paradise Valley, Phoenix and Tempe. SUSD includes two early childhood campuses, 16 elementary schools, three K-8 schools, six middle schools and five high schools.


Known for its mountain and desert trails and local rivers, Scottsdale offers plenty of hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, river rafting and even hot-air ballooning. The city has a rich culture, with more than 100 art galleries and museums capturing Scottsdale’s past and present. The Scottsdale area is home to nearly 200 championship golf courses, including six that made Golf Magazine’s 2012 “Top 100 You Can Play” list.

The New York Times described downtown Scottsdale as “a desert version of Miami’s South Beach” for its buzzing nightlife and hotel scene. You’ll find 80 bars, lounges and dance clubs in the downtown area alone.

Recent Scottsdale accolades include:

  • Scottsdale Stadium: Best Baseball Spring Training Venue (AZCentral)
  • Number 17 in the Top 25 U.S. Arts Destinations (AmericanStyle Magazine)
  • Top 10 Spring Break Destination (Yahoo Travel)
  • Scottsdale/Phoenix: One of America’s Top 10 Best Cities for Dating (Yahoo Travel)
  • Scottsdale Fashion Square: One of America's Top 30 Shopping Malls

To learn more about Scottsdale, AZ, please visit the city’s official website.