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Scottsdale Facts & Figures


City incorporation: 1951
City slogan: “The West’s Most Western Town”
Official food: Chili


Luxury visitor average age: 50 years old
Luxury visitor median household income: $247,000
Luxury visitor average daily on-property expenditures (including room): $459
Luxury visitor average length of stay: 2.75 nights
Percentage of luxury visitors who visit more than once in a year: 42%
The top 10 activities participated in by Scottsdale visitors: Dining, visiting Downtown Scottsdale, shopping, day trips, outdoor desert activities, Native American arts and culture, Western culture and attractions, art galleries, events, museums
Airport access: Convenient access to Sky Harbor International Airport with 1,200+ daily flights. It serves more than 100 domestic and international cities with daily flights, most of them nonstop. Scottsdale Airport is one of the premier corporate jet facilities in the state conveniently located nine miles north of downtown Scottsdale. 162,535 takeoffs occurred in Fiscal Year 2015/16. U.S Customs Service, including “US-Visit,” is available every day.

Sources: Experience Scottsdale's Visitor Industry Customer Analysis 2015, City of Scottsdale Visitor Inquiry Study August 2015, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Scottsdale Airport


Population rank: 7th in Arizona, 92nd in the United States
Population: Approximately 231,200
Density: 1,253 persons per square mile
Resident median age: 46.4
Resident median household income: $73,387
Educational Attainment (Ages 25 and older):  Graduate or professional degree – 20.6% Bachelor degree – 33.7%, Associate Degree/Some College – 30.6%, High School Graduate – 11.2%, Less than High School – 3.9%
Unemployment rate: 4.3%
Businesses: There are 20,798 licensed businesses in Scottsdale. Approximately 10% of all jobs in Scottsdale are associated with tourism related activities and services, while numerous additional jobs in all fields are indirectly impacted by the industry.
Largest private employers: Honor Health, CVS Health, the Vanguard Group, General Dynamics, Mayo Clinic, Nationwide Specialty, McKesson, and Yelp

Sources: U.S. Census, City of Scottsdale Economic Development


Size: 184.5 square miles, stretching 31 miles north to south
Elevation: Ranges from 1,150 – 4,877 feet. Scottsdale Airport is at 1,510 feet.
Temperature: Average minimum and maximum temperatures range from 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit to 87.3 degrees Fahrenheit, respectively; 71 degrees Fahrenheit is year-round average median; more than 330 days of sunshine per year.
Rainfall: 7.66 inches per year average
Paved paths: 45 miles paved pathways
Non-motorized trails in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve: Approximately 120 miles
Bicycle Routes: 327 miles, which includes bike lanes, bike paths, bike routes and paved shoulders  

Source: City of Scottsdale


Resorts and hotels (Scottsdale and surrounding area): There are 72 hotels and resorts in the Scottsdale region with a combined total of more than 14,000 rooms and on-property indoor and outdoor meeting space ranging from 200 to 200,000 square feet.
Golf courses: 51 in Scottsdale, more than 200 in the surrounding area
Golf holes: 1,233 holes
Rounds of golf: Scottsdale and the surrounding area host an estimated 8.3 million rounds of golf each year.
Largest annual event: The PGA TOUR’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, which attracted more than 600,000 spectators during the 2016 tournament at TPC Scottsdale.
Spas: More than 50 day, resort, and health spas
Art & culture: There are 66 art galleries and museums in Downtown Scottsdale
Restaurants: 798 restaurants

Sources: Waste Management Phoenix Open, City of Scottsdale, Experience Scottsdale