Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale: The fourth most populous city in Arizona and the center of the Scottsdale metropolitan area. It is located in the eastern part of the state. Scottsdale is known for its affluence, its many golf courses, and its many attractions, such as the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall and the Scottsdale Stadium.

About

Scottsdale is a city located in the county of Maricopa in the U.S. state of Arizona. Its population at the 2010 census was 217,385. After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 262,647 inhabitants.

The city was created 130 years ago in 1893.

Scottsdale is a city located in Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to Phoenix. With a population of over 260,000, it is one of the most populous suburbs of Phoenix.

History and Origins

Scottsdale began as a small agricultural community in the late 19th century before growing as a tourist destination and residential suburb.

Key historical facts:

  • Founded by U.S. Army Chaplain Winfield Scott in 1894
  • Originally nicknamed "The West's Most Western Town"
  • Developed as a tourist destination in the 1950s
  • Saw rapid population growth as a Phoenix suburb starting in the 1970s

Economy and Major Industries

Scottsdale has a strong tourism industry as well as prominent healthcare, finance, aviation, and retail sectors. The city is home to over 2,500 businesses.

Major companies based in Scottsdale include:

  • GoDaddy (internet domain registrar)
  • Axon (non-lethal self-defense technology)
  • American Express
  • The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
  • Mayo Clinic campus

Attractions and Things to Do

As a popular tourist destination, top attractions in Scottsdale include:

  • Old Town Scottsdale, home to art galleries, shops, restaurants and nightlife
  • The Scottsdale Waterfront along the Arizona Canal
  • Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction
  • WestWorld equestrian center
  • Award-winning golf courses and resorts

The city is known for its upscale amenities, thriving arts scene, natural scenery and warm climate.

Scottsdale locator map
Location of Scottsdale on Arizona map.

Quick Facts about Scottsdale

Population : 262,647 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Arizona (United States)
County : Maricopa County
Head of government : mayor
Postal code : 85250–85271
Phone Area Codes : 480
Official name : Scottsdale
Water as percent of area : 0.26%
Land as percent of area : 99.74%
Altitude : 1,247 feet / 380 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1894 (130 years ago)
Time Zone : UTC−07:00, Mountain Time Zone
Local time : 17:27:06 (29th February 2024)
Population growth : 17.23% (2010-2020)
Scottsdale waterfront image
Scottsdale waterfront
Scottsdale waterfront image

Geography

Scottsdale is located at 33°30'33"N 111°53'57"W (33.5092100, -111.8990300).

Scottsdale map

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Demographics

The population of Scottsdale increased by 17.23% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2009 244,250 - census
2010 217,385 -12.36% census
2011 220,816 1.55% estimation process
2012 225,191 1.94% estimation process
2013 228,887 1.61% estimation process
2014 233,949 2.16% estimation process
2015 241,073 2.96% estimation process
2016 247,953 2.77% estimation process
2017 251,396 1.37% estimation process
2018 254,479 1.21% estimation process
2019 258,069 1.39% estimation process
2020 262,647 1.74% estimation process

Demographic Facts

Estimated population as of July 1, 2019 : 1,680,992
Based on demographic estimates as of April 1, 2010 : 1,446,691
Based on demographic estimates as of 1 April 2010 : 16.2%
April 1, 2020 Population : 1,608,139
April 1, 2010 Population : 1,445,632
People under 5 years old, percentage : 7.2%
People under 18 years old, percentage : 26.1%
People over 65 (%) : 10.6%
Female persons, % : 50.2%
White only, percent : 72.9%
Black or African American alone, percent : 7.1%
American Indian and Alaska Native only, % : 2.1%
Asians alone % : 3.8%
Only Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, % : 0.2%
% of people who have participated in two or more races : 3.9%
% of Hispanic or Latino : 42.6%
White people, not Hispanic or Latino people, make up the majority of the population. : 42.5%
2015-2019 Veterans : 71,783
Percentage of foreign-born people, 2015-2019 : 19.4%
Rate of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019 : 54.4%

Scottsdale zip code is 85250. County name: Maricopa, County fips: 04013

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Economic Facts

Rate of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019 : 54.4%
Owner-occupied housing unit median value, 2015-2019 : $235,400
From 2015 to 2019, the median selected monthly owner costs - with a mortgage : $1,465
Monthly owner costs, without a mortgage, at the median, 2015-2019 : $454
2015-2019 median gross rent : $1,053
2015-2019 Households : 565,832
Population per household, 2015-2019 : 2.85
Living in the same house a year ago, percentage of people aged one year and up, 2015-2019 : 83.7%
Languages other than English spoken at home, as a percentage of people aged 5 and up, 2015-2019 : 37.4%
Households with computers, %, 2015-2019 : 91.6%
Percentage of households with a broadband Internet subscription, 2015-2019 : 82.6%
Percentage of people aged 25 and up with a high school diploma or higher, 2015-2019 : 81.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher, proportion of people aged 25 and up, 2015-2019 : 28.6%
Percentage of people under the age of 65 who have a disability, 2015-2019 : 7.8%
Persons under the age of 65 who do not have health insurance, as a percentage : 15.5%
Total civilian labor force, percent of population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 67.1%
Female labor force participation in the civilian labor force, as a percentage of the population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 61.1%
Total sales of lodging and food services in 2012 ($1,000) : 3,479,625
Total receipts/revenue for health care and social assistance in 2012 ($1,000) : 10,967,040
Manufacturers' total shipments in 2012 ($1,000) : 12,978,949
2012 total retail sales ($1,000) : 18,448,380
2012 total retail sales per capita : $12,392
Mean commute time to work (in minutes), workers aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 26.2
2015-2019 median household income (in 2019 dollars) : $57,459
Income per capita in the previous 12 months (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019 : $29,343
Percentage of people living in poverty : 18.0%
Total number of businesses in 2012 : 124,033
Men-owned businesses in 2012 : 63,479
Women-owned businesses in 2012 : 44,294
Minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 39,596
Non-minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 78,757
Veteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 10,784
Nonveteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 106,575
2010 population per square mile : 2,797.8
2010 land area in square miles : 516.70
Residential units, July 1, 2019 : 123,963
Rate of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019 : 61.6%
Owner-occupied housing unit median value, 2015-2019 : $574,000
From 2015 to 2019, the median selected monthly owner costs - with a mortgage : $2,351
Monthly owner costs, without a mortgage, at the median, 2015-2019 : $613
2015-2019 median gross rent : $1,476
Permits for construction, 2020 : 911
2015-2019 Households : 105,981
Population per household, 2015-2019 : 2.51
Living in the same house a year ago, percentage of people aged one year and up, 2015-2019 : 82.2%
Languages other than English spoken at home, as a percentage of people aged 5 and up, 2015-2019 : 18.0%
Households with computers, %, 2015-2019 : 94.0%
Percentage of households with a broadband Internet subscription, 2015-2019 : 88.0%
Percentage of people aged 25 and up with a high school diploma or higher, 2015-2019 : 91.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher, proportion of people aged 25 and up, 2015-2019 : 35.4%
Percentage of people under the age of 65 who have a disability, 2015-2019 : 7.1%
Persons under the age of 65 who do not have health insurance, as a percentage : 7.0%
Total civilian labor force, percent of population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 57.7%
Female labor force participation in the civilian labor force, as a percentage of the population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 53.8%
Total sales of lodging and food services in 2012 ($1,000) : 824,771
Total receipts/revenue for health care and social assistance in 2012 ($1,000) : 1,580,460
Manufacturers' total shipments in 2012 ($1,000) : 2,854,029
2012 total retail sales ($1,000) : 3,624,029
2012 total retail sales per capita : $13,188
Mean commute time to work (in minutes), workers aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 21.7
2015-2019 median household income (in 2019 dollars) : $73,518
Income per capita in the previous 12 months (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019 : $37,233
Percentage of people living in poverty : 11.6%
Total number of employer establishments, 2019 : 8,538
2019 total employment : 96,358
2019 total annual payroll ($1,000) : 4,785,009
Total employment, change in percentage terms, 2018-2019 : 3.1%
2018 total non-employer establishments : 26,143
Total number of businesses in 2012 : 28,626
Men-owned businesses in 2012 : 14,544
Women-owned businesses in 2012 : 9,282
Minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 4,950
Non-minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 22,457
Veteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 2,588
Nonveteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 24,340
2010 population per square mile : 81.7
2010 land area in square miles : 3,298.57
Rate of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019 : 92.6%
Owner-occupied housing unit median value, 2015-2019 : $163,400
From 2015 to 2019, the median selected monthly owner costs - with a mortgage : $1,621
Monthly owner costs, without a mortgage, at the median, 2015-2019 : $778
2015-2019 median gross rent : $855
2015-2019 Households : 2,323
Population per household, 2015-2019 : 2.19
Living in the same house a year ago, percentage of people aged one year and up, 2015-2019 : 89.0%
Languages other than English spoken at home, as a percentage of people aged 5 and up, 2015-2019 : 11.4%
Households with computers, %, 2015-2019 : 92.7%
Percentage of households with a broadband Internet subscription, 2015-2019 : 88.5%
Percentage of people aged 25 and up with a high school diploma or higher, 2015-2019 : 94.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher, proportion of people aged 25 and up, 2015-2019 : 24.1%
Percentage of people under the age of 65 who have a disability, 2015-2019 : 4.7%
Persons under the age of 65 who do not have health insurance, as a percentage : 0.7%
Total civilian labor force, percent of population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 72.0%
Female labor force participation in the civilian labor force, as a percentage of the population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 63.1%
Total sales of lodging and food services in 2012 ($1,000) : 7,735
Manufacturers' total shipments in 2012 ($1,000) : 135,540
2012 total retail sales ($1,000) : 263,234
2012 total retail sales per capita : $51,113
Mean commute time to work (in minutes), workers aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 35.8
2015-2019 median household income (in 2019 dollars) : $71,082
Income per capita in the previous 12 months (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019 : $40,569
Percentage of people living in poverty : 2.1%
Total number of businesses in 2012 : 367
Men-owned businesses in 2012 : 234
Women-owned businesses in 2012 : 91
Minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 67
Non-minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 282
Veteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 34
Nonveteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 322
2010 population per square mile : 1,163.5
2010 land area in square miles : 4.42
Rate of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019 : 89.7%
Owner-occupied housing unit median value, 2015-2019 : $317,200
From 2015 to 2019, the median selected monthly owner costs - with a mortgage : $2,180
Monthly owner costs, without a mortgage, at the median, 2015-2019 : $892
2015-2019 median gross rent : $1,823
2015-2019 Households : 8,394
Population per household, 2015-2019 : 2.73
Living in the same house a year ago, percentage of people aged one year and up, 2015-2019 : 94.7%
Languages other than English spoken at home, as a percentage of people aged 5 and up, 2015-2019 : 53.3%
Households with computers, %, 2015-2019 : 89.5%
Percentage of households with a broadband Internet subscription, 2015-2019 : 85.4%
Percentage of people aged 25 and up with a high school diploma or higher, 2015-2019 : 90.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher, proportion of people aged 25 and up, 2015-2019 : 44.5%
Percentage of people under the age of 65 who have a disability, 2015-2019 : 5.0%
Persons under the age of 65 who do not have health insurance, as a percentage : 6.0%
Total civilian labor force, percent of population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 60.0%
Female labor force participation in the civilian labor force, as a percentage of the population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 53.6%
Total sales of lodging and food services in 2012 ($1,000) : 40,672
Total receipts/revenue for health care and social assistance in 2012 ($1,000) : 66,421
Manufacturers' total shipments in 2012 ($1,000) : 1,293,211
2012 total retail sales ($1,000) : 376,183
2012 total retail sales per capita : $16,034
Mean commute time to work (in minutes), workers aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 31.4
2015-2019 median household income (in 2019 dollars) : $85,360
Income per capita in the previous 12 months (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019 : $38,381
Percentage of people living in poverty : 7.1%
Total number of businesses in 2012 : 3,237
Men-owned businesses in 2012 : 2,105
Women-owned businesses in 2012 : 803
Minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 849
Non-minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 2,263
Veteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 204
Nonveteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 2,930
2010 population per square mile : 4,573.4
2010 land area in square miles : 5.09
Rate of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019 : 76.8%
Owner-occupied housing unit median value, 2015-2019 : $152,000
From 2015 to 2019, the median selected monthly owner costs - with a mortgage : $1,495
Monthly owner costs, without a mortgage, at the median, 2015-2019 : $539
2015-2019 median gross rent : $662
2015-2019 Households : 2,094
Population per household, 2015-2019 : 2.82
Living in the same house a year ago, percentage of people aged one year and up, 2015-2019 : 92.3%
Languages other than English spoken at home, as a percentage of people aged 5 and up, 2015-2019 : 2.3%
Households with computers, %, 2015-2019 : 93.2%
Percentage of households with a broadband Internet subscription, 2015-2019 : 90.4%
Percentage of people aged 25 and up with a high school diploma or higher, 2015-2019 : 97.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher, proportion of people aged 25 and up, 2015-2019 : 35.2%
Percentage of people under the age of 65 who have a disability, 2015-2019 : 3.7%
Persons under the age of 65 who do not have health insurance, as a percentage : 2.8%
Total civilian labor force, percent of population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 68.6%
Female labor force participation in the civilian labor force, as a percentage of the population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 62.5%
Total sales of lodging and food services in 2012 ($1,000) : 2,150
2012 total retail sales ($1,000) : 27,928
2012 total retail sales per capita : $4,754
Mean commute time to work (in minutes), workers aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 18.8
2015-2019 median household income (in 2019 dollars) : $85,765
Income per capita in the previous 12 months (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019 : $38,700
Percentage of people living in poverty : 6.6%
Total number of businesses in 2012 : 420
Men-owned businesses in 2012 : 277
Women-owned businesses in 2012 : 54
Minority-owned businesses in 2012 : F
Non-minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 405
Veteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 31
Nonveteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 371
2010 population per square mile : 1,389.4
2010 land area in square miles : 4.20
Rate of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019 : 76.0%
Owner-occupied housing unit median value, 2015-2019 : $129,100
From 2015 to 2019, the median selected monthly owner costs - with a mortgage : $1,313
Monthly owner costs, without a mortgage, at the median, 2015-2019 : $509
2015-2019 median gross rent : $750
2015-2019 Households : 2,140
Population per household, 2015-2019 : 2.52
Living in the same house a year ago, percentage of people aged one year and up, 2015-2019 : 88.5%
Languages other than English spoken at home, as a percentage of people aged 5 and up, 2015-2019 : 1.5%
Households with computers, %, 2015-2019 : 93.0%
Percentage of households with a broadband Internet subscription, 2015-2019 : 84.7%
Percentage of people aged 25 and up with a high school diploma or higher, 2015-2019 : 90.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher, proportion of people aged 25 and up, 2015-2019 : 17.8%
Percentage of people under the age of 65 who have a disability, 2015-2019 : 15.1%
Persons under the age of 65 who do not have health insurance, as a percentage : 5.8%
Total civilian labor force, percent of population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 67.8%
Female labor force participation in the civilian labor force, as a percentage of the population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 65.8%
Total sales of lodging and food services in 2012 ($1,000) : 20,305
Total receipts/revenue for health care and social assistance in 2012 ($1,000) : 8,391
Manufacturers' total shipments in 2012 ($1,000) : 920,463
2012 total retail sales ($1,000) : 81,337
2012 total retail sales per capita : $15,220
Mean commute time to work (in minutes), workers aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 17.4
2015-2019 median household income (in 2019 dollars) : $62,171
Income per capita in the previous 12 months (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019 : $31,881
Percentage of people living in poverty : 10.3%
Total number of businesses in 2012 : 339
Men-owned businesses in 2012 : 245
Women-owned businesses in 2012 : 39
Minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 33
Non-minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 262
Veteran-owned businesses in 2012 : F
Nonveteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 270
2010 population per square mile : 617.8
2010 land area in square miles : 8.52

People born in Scottsdale (124)

People born in Scottsdale, including author Alexandra Bracken, model Katie Lohmann, actress Emma Stone, .

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Schools in Scottsdale

College & universities near Scottsdale, AZ

Code Name City ZIP
105747 Scottsdale Community College Scottsdale (AZ) 85256
480347 International School of Cosmetology-Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy Scottsdale (AZ) 85250
105482 Cortiva Institute-Scottsdale Scottsdale (AZ) 85257
483124 Arizona State University-Skysong Scottsdale (AZ) 85257
381459 Phoenix Seminary Scottsdale (AZ) 85260

Stations (4)

Amtrak & bus stations near Scottsdale, AZ

Code Name Address Type
PHA Phoenix (Airport), Arizona 3400 East Sky Harbor Blvd. BUS
PHG Phoenix (Greyhound), Arizona 2115 East Buckeye Road BUS
PXN Phoenix (Metro Center Transit Station), Arizona 9617 North Metro Parkway West BUS
MRC Maricopa 19427 N. John Wayne Parkway RAIL

Post offices near Scottsdale

Post Office Name City ZIP
Scottsdal Post Office Scottsdale (AZ) 85257
Scottsdale H Post Office Scottsdale (AZ) 85258
Arcadia Post Office Phoenix (AZ) 85018
Phoenix Post Office Phoenix (AZ) 85026
Tempe Apache Station Post Office Tempe (AZ) 85281

Other cities in Maricopa County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Maricopa County , AZ. (more)

City Name Population Title
Phoenix 1,708,127 The fifth most populous city in the United States and the center of the Phoenix metropolitan area.
Mesa 528,159 The fourth most populous city in Arizona and the center of the Mesa metropolitan area.
Chandler 265,398 The second most populous city in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Gilbert 257,658 The fifth most populous city in Arizona.
Glendale 255,307 The second most populous city in Arizona.
Maryvale 208,189 Urban village in Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Tempe 200,402 The third most populous city in Arizona.
Peoria 179,872 The second most populous city in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Tempe Junction 158,368 A census-designated place in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Surprise 147,965 The seventh most populous city in Arizona.
Goodyear 90,622 The most populous city in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Avondale 88,914 The most populous city in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Buckeye 85,224 Town in Maricopa County, Arizona
Queen Creek 60,097 Town in Arizona, United States
Sun City 37,499 Census designated place in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States
El Mirage 36,481 City in Arizona

Distance to Other Cities

Scottsdale distances to largest Arizona cities