Tempe is a city located in Maricopa County, Arizona. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 158,625. Although usually pronounced TEM-pee by outsiders (or occasionally TEM-pay), locals pronouce it as tem-PEE. Darrell Duppa is usually credited with suggesting the name, adopted in 1879, after comparing the Salt River valley near a 300-foot-tall butte to the Vale of Tempe near Mount Olympus in Greece. Duppa also had the honor of giving name to Phoenix, Arizona, 11 years earlier.
Tempe is the location of the head offices of America West Airlines, the campus of University of Advancing Technology and the main campus of Arizona State University.Web Sites and Links
Downtown Tempe CommunityGuide to local events and entertainment, dining, shopping, services, parking, and news.