Scottsdale Facts and Figures

The City of Scottsdale is an exciting and dynamic community that has matured since its incorporation in 1951 as a city of 2,000 citizens into the sophisticated and cultured southwestern City of today. The City continues to grow each year and has seen a nearly 10% increase in population since 2000. Scottsdale also boasts a high-educated population with over 50% having at least a bachelors degree, significantly higher than the State or National percentages. Additionally, income levels in Scottsdale are among the highest in the State. This is truly a location where economic prosperity and lifestyle converge.  

Demographics

Household Income & Size Scottsdale Phoenix Metro U.S.
Median Household Income
$69,017
$51,862
$48,451
Average Household Size
2.25
2.79
2.61
Average Family Size
2.91
3.39
3.20
Educational Attainment Scottsdale Phoenix Metro U.S.
High School Graduate
17.9%
25.6%
30.2%
Some College/No Degree
21.30%
23.6%
19.5%
Associates Degree
5.2%
7.6%
7.4%
Bachelors Degree or Higher
50.8%
27.1%
27.0%
Gender & Age Scottsdale Phoenix Metro U.S.
Male Population
47.4%
50.1%
49.2%
Female Population
52.6%
49.9%
50.8%
Median Age
43.8
33.7
36.4

Economics

  • Unemployment Rate (2007) – 2.3%
  • Property Tax Rate (2006/07) – $1.04 per $100 of assessed value
  • Sales Tax Rate – 1.65%
  • Sales Tax Collections (2005/06) -$178.7 million
  • Personal Income Tax – 2.59% – 4.54%
  • Median Resale Home Price* (2008) – $525,000
  • Median Price of New Home* (2008) – $716,670

Sources: Economic Trends Report, August 2006; *Arizona Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS).

Tourism

  • Hotel Occupancy (2006) – 69.9%
  • Average Hotel Room Rate (2006) – $164.19
  • Transient Occupancy Tax (Bed Tax) – 3.0%
  • Bed Tax Revenues (2006) – $9.4 million
  • Number of Hotel Rooms (2006) – 9,021
  • Hotel Visitors to Scottsdale (2005) – 7.5 million
  • Day Visitors to Scottsdale (2005) – 6.2 million

Sources: Scottsdale/Paradise Valley Tourism Study Part I: Lodging Statistics and Part II: Visitor Statistics

Largest Employers in Scottsdale 2006

Rank Company Name Employees
1
Scottsdale Healthcare
5,928
2
General Dynamics C4 Systems
4,000
3
Mayo Clinic – Scottsdale
3,995
4
Scottsdale Unified School District
3,500
5
City of Scottsdale
2,708
6
The Vanguard Group
1,680
7
CareMark
1,636
8
Troon Golf LLC
1,539
9
Go Daddy Group
1,227
10
Fairmont Princess Resort
1,200
11
Scottsdale Insurance Company
1,195
12
DMB Associates
1,100
13
Rural Metro Corporation
875
14
McKesson
700
15
The Boulders Resort
680
16
USPS – Scottsdale
680
17
Dial Corporation
650
18
JDA Software Group
650
19
Desert Mountain Properties
638
20
First Health Group
610
21
Pegasus Solutions
600
22
E-Telecare Global Solutions
600
23
First National Bank of Arizona
530
24
Nordstroms
525
25
Hyatt Regency at Gainey Ranch
500
26
United Blood Services
498
27
Meritage Homes
427
28
Scottsdale Conference Resort
400
29
Scottsdale Community College
400
30
Dillards
390

Other Facts

Size: 184.2 square miles, stretching 31 miles from North to South
Elevation: 1,260 feet above sea level, on average
Longitude & Latitude: 111.93 degrees W, 33.50 degrees N
Climate: Average minimum and maximum temperatures range from 55.7°F to 84.6°F, respectively. Scottsdale averages 314 days of sunshine and 7.74 inches of rainfall per year.
Land Use: 59% residential, 30% open space, 8% industrial/commercial,
3% institutional
City Slogan: “The West’s Most Western Town”
Official Food: Chili, by 1994 Mayoral proclamation
Financial Rating: Scottsdale has maintained AAA ratings from Standard & Poor’s, Fitch Ratings, and Moody’s Investor Services — one of only a handful of municipalities to achieve top marks from all three ratings agencies — since April 2002.
Maricopa County Population (2006): 3,768,123
Arizona Population (2006): 6,166,318