Scottsdale Area Information

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.

Voted one of the “Most Livable” cities in the United States, Scottsdale offers a fascinating array of recreation, cultural attractions and activities and is home to a vibrant and thriving community. Whatever your interests – from art galleries to theater, historic museums to cinema, sporting events, concerts or even a rodeo, you’ll find something to do right at your doorstep.

Demographics
Economics
Tourism
Dining
Shopping
Lodging
Scottsdale Facts

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

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Dining

Scottsdale and Phoenix boast some of the finest dining and lodging experiences in the country. As a major travel and tourism destination, the area has more than its share of excellent restaurants and cafes and bistros.  In addition to those mentioned above, some of our favorites are:


T. Cook’s.
Nestled within a den of rich earthen colors, high-vaulted ceilings and panoramic views, the elegant T. Cook’s offers unparalleled ambiance, colonial Spanish architecture and atmosphere of the Royal Palms Resort and Spa. The Mediterranean cuisine is simply superb. Ingredients are hand selected by Executive Chef Lee Hillson, the award-winning chefs create tempting menus featuring a wide variety of artistic and intriguing dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar. Fleming’s has 2 locations in Scottsdale. DC Ranch’s popular Market Street at the corner of Pima Road and Thompson Peak Parkway, and further south towards “Old Town”, adjacent to the Hilton Hotel, is its original location on the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Lincoln Drive.  Fleming’s delights its clientele with exceptional food and wine, featuring the finest cuts of beef and over 100 wines – by the glass!  Try the Prime Bone-in Rib eye and the Ahi Tuna Mignon.

Rancho Pinot. Experience new American comfort food with an Arizona accent.  A meal here is uncomplicated yet satisfying. Although it’s hidden away in a Scottsdale strip mall, this neighborhood jewel with cowboy-chic decor is a real find, and meals are prepared based on seasonal, locally grown products.

Talavera at the Four Seasons. Located in the renowned Four Seasons Resort hotel, this restaurant offers contemporary American cuisine.  Dine on a superb menu focusing on locally and regionally sourced prime meat, poultry and game as well as seasonal favorites while enjoying the stunning views of city lights from their sweeping fire-lit patio.

Maestro’s Steakhouse.  Located at Pima and Pinnacle Peak Roads, this classical restaurant offers the finest in prime steaks and fresh seafood.  Add to that nightly entertainment and the evening is complete.

Heirloom, An American Restaurant.  The restaurant is dedicated to offering a menu prepared with locally grown and raised produce and meats. Like many restaurants on our list, whenever possible, the produce is seasonal- picked and cooked the same day.  There is an exciting wine list that offers the best American wines “by the glass”.  If you’re interested in creating a special evening, request the “six-person Chef’s table” –the views are wonderful, the party can enjoy the culinary entertainment of the restaurant’s “twelve cylinder” kitchen and meet the Chef, Michael DeMaria, who trained at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel.

Elements Restaurant. Located in Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, this restaurant offers a cutting edge kitchen under the watchful eye of Executive Chef, Beau Macmillian. Elements is known for its diverse menu featuring in-house smoked meats, vegetarian and gluten-free options and raw bar and seafood menu – all thoughtfully prepared with the best local, organic produce.  Visit Praying Monk, the new wine room featuring nearly 1,000 bottles and a sommelier station.

 

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Scottsdale Shopping

From convenient malls to enchanting specialty boutiques, Scottsdale and its surrounding area is one of the world’s great shopping destinations.

The Fifth Avenue Shopping

The Fifth Avenue Shopping also known as Old Town Scottsdale falls between Camelback and Indian Schools roads off of Scottsdale Road and includes Marshall Way, Stetson Drive, Third Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Sixth Avenue and Craftman Court. This open-air shopping area with a Southwestern garden environment is enchanting. Walkways are decorated with lush landscaping and outdoor sculptures by American artists.

Scottsdale Fashion Square

7014 E. Camelback Road  Scottsdale, AZ 85251-1234
Phone: 480-945-5495 Map Location
www.fashionsquare.com

Located in the heart of Scottsdale on Camelback Road between Scottsdale Road and 68th Street, is one of the largest shopping destinations in the Southwest. Among over 225 renowned retailers in this premier shopping area, you’ll find the upscale department stores – Nieman Marcus, Nordstrom’s, Macy’s and Dillards. Many of the specialty shops are not found elsewhere in Arizona. The Fashion Square offers at least 30 restaurants, food cafes, and 2 luxury movie theater complexes. Valet parking is available as well as taxi and limo services.

Desert Ridge Marketplace

21001 N. Tatum Boulevard  at Tatum & Loop 101  Phoenix, AZ 85050
Phone: 480-513-7586 Map Location
www.shopdesertridge.com

Opened in 2001 and is located at N. Tatum Blvd. and Deer Valley Road/Loop 101. This open air outdoor center offers shopping, dining and entertainment. Barnes and Noble, Office Max, Target, Marshalls Megastores and an 18 screen AMC Theater are just a few of the unique mix of retailers, restaurants and a variety of entertainment venues.

Kierland Commons

15044 N. Scottsdale Road  Scottsdale, AZ 85254-8127
Phone: 480-348-1577 Map Location
www.kierlandcommons.com

Located at Scottsdale Road and Greenway Parkway, is an upscale 38-acre main street style outdoor mall with a traditional small city downtown feel. The lushly landscaped central plaza is surrounded by shops, restaurants and a distinctive fountain, creating a pleasant shopping experience. Among the many retail shops, you’ll find Crate & Barrel, J Jill, Orvis, Coldwater Creek, Anthropologie and many more retailers. Lunch at The Cheesecake Factory can be the perfect ending or beginning of your day of shopping at this delightful mall.

Scottsdale Pavillions

8800-9199 E. Indian Bend Road  Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Phone: 480-991-6007 Map Location
www.scottsdalepavilions.com

At Pima and Indian Bend roads is one of the largest outdoor shopping malls in the area. Major tenants include Home Depot, Sports Authority, Target, Toys R Us, and Circuit City.

Borgata of Scottsdale

6166 N. Scottsdale Road  Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Phone: 602-953-6538 Map Location
www.borgata.com

Located on Scottsdale Road between Lincoln and McDonald Drives, you will find a bit of Renaissance Italy in the sunny Southwest. The open air setting offers cobblestone walkways, fountains, boutiques, and restaurants along narrow streets and courtyards.

Hilton Village

Across the street from the Borgata is a smaller shopping area with over 30 shops and eateries featuring contemporary fashions and unique gifts.

El Pedregal

34505 N. Scottsdale Road  Scottsdale, AZ 85262-1204
Phone: 480-488-1072 Map Location
www.elpedregal.com

In Carefree on Scottsdale Road is a colorful two level retail complex resembling an adobe Indian village. Galleries, Boutiques, restaurants and shops filled with handcrafted items surround a luscious courtyard enhanced by fountains, waterfalls, and pools. Entertainment is provided in a 300 – seat amphitheater and the Heard Museum is located here.

The Promenade

16427 N. Scottsdale Road  Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Phone: 480-385-2820 Map Location
www.pedersoninc.com

Opened in 2000 and located at Scottsdale Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., covers about 1 million square feet and has become one of the Valley’s busiest shopping and commerce centers. Several national brand retailers were introduced to Arizona, including the Great Indoors, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Nordstrom Rack, Fox Sports Grill, and Benihana. This center also houses a 125-foot spire designed by the noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright at the intersection of Scottsdale Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.

The Shops at Gainey Village

8787 N. Scottsdale Road  Scottsdale, AZ 85253 Map Location
www.theshopsgaineyvillage.com

Offering a series of linked outdoor plazas and buildings reflecting an  upscale rustic “village” atmosphere. Reminiscent of the historic roots  of the original Gainey Ranch, the plazas also feature inviting  pedestrian paving patterns with abundant landscape. The Village  combines a distinctive blend of upscale shops, bou
tiques, trendy  eateries and fine dining establishments. Residents and tourists will  find everything they need and all that they want at The Shops at Gainey  Village

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Lodging

Royal Palms Resort.  Entering the mansion through mahogany and iron double doors, the atmosphere is that of a lavish private residence. Mirroring the Old World charm of the estate, Royal Palms’ is tranquil, warm and intimate. Nationally acclaimed T. Cook’s Restaurant boasts select seasonal dishes from the Mediterranean and exotic surrounding regions. This Scottsdale area resort also offers swimming, a fitness centre and full-service salon.

The Phoenician. Luxury, Tranquility, Hospitality. Located on 250 breathtaking acres, The Phoenician is a desert oasis that will captivate your spirit of romance and adventure. Nestled in the dramatic Sonoran Desert, in the shadows of Camelback Mountain, The Phoenician is a magnificent luxury resort and boutique hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona, where the harmony and beauty of the desert inspires your imagination.

Four Seasons Resort at Troon North.  The Four Seasons offers the finest in accommodation and dining.  Whether you’re relaxing in one of the superbly appointed suites, rooms and casitas, enjoying a cocktail on the outdoor patio, relaxing pool-side or dining in one of its superb restaurants, the views of Pinnacle Peak and the surrounding Sonoran Desert are breathtaking.

The Boulders Resort. This extraordinary property sits on 1300 acres of rich Sonoran Desert.  Along with cozy casita accommodations, its world-renowned Golden Door Spa offers a variety of rejuvenating spa treatments in a relaxing and tranquil atmosphere.

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Scottsdale Facts

Q: What are the “Five C’s”?
A: On the State Seal are the Five C’s – Climate, Cotton, Copper, Cattle and Citrus. Arizona’s economy was, in the early days of the state, based on these five industries.

Q: What are all the canals for, and how do they work??
A: Farms and gravity. Really. The 1,265 miles of canals maintained by the Salt River Project were put there to bring water to thirsty acres of alfalfa, cotton, citrus and dates. Although there are a few pumping stations along the way, nearly all the system operates on the principle that water flows downhill. That’s what worked for the Hohokam Indians, who dug the first canals about 1,300 years ago to water their corn, beans and squash. We use that same system today. In many parts of town, the paths that line the canals are great for bike riding, walking, running and even fishihg. Just not swimming.

Q: Why doesn’t Arizona practice daylight-saving time?
A: Arizona, along with Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa and parts of Indiana, remains steadfastly attached to Standard Time. The Navajo Nation, however, with the exception of some state offices, does recognize daylight-saving time. In 1967, Arizona adopted daylight saving to go along with the Uniform Time Act, which tried to put the entire nation on one time system. But, after a summer of sunsets that didn’t come till nearly 9 p.m., residents realized they needed another hour of evening sun the way they needed more snakes, scorpions and snowbirds. So Arizona abandoned the plan.

Q: What is the elevation of Phoenix and other major cities?
A: In Arizona, the elevation changes dramatically from 70 feet (20 meters) on the Colorado River south of Yuma, to 12,633 feet (4.000 meters) at the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff. Phoenix’s elevation is 1,117 feet. Bisbee: 5300 feet. Carefree: 2500 feet. Flagstaff: 7,000 feet. Grand Canyon: From 2,400 feet to over 7,000. Greer: 8,525 feet. Lake Havasu: 482 feet. Sedona: 4,400 feet. Tucson: 2,389 feet. Yuma: 145 feet.

Q: Why doesn’t the state have a Governor’s mansion?
A: We do. It’s just that no governor has lived in it for 130 years or so. The Governor’s Mansion is a big log house constructed in Prescott in 1864 when that town was the territorial capital. It was home and office to Arizona’s first two territorial governors, John Goodman, 1863-1866, and Richard McCormick, 1866-1869. During McCormick’s tenure, the territorial capital was moved to Tucson. Later, the capital moved to Phoenix. There has been talk of such a building off and on over the years, but nothing ever comes of it.

Q: What is that white pyramid monument in Papago Park?
A: Hunt’s tomb is a tomb for Arizona’s first governor, George W.P. (Wylie Paul) Hunt. A populist Democrat, Hunt was also Arizona’s second, third, sixth, seventh, eighth and 10th governor, between 1912 and 1932. Each term was two years. Hunt was a staunch opponent of the death penalty and a proponent of women’s suffrage. He died Dec. 25, 1934, at age 75 in his Phoenix home. The pyramid, 20 feet wide at the base and 20 feet high at the point, holds the remains of Hunt; his wife, Helen; their daughter, Virginia; his sister-in-law, Lena; and his in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. Jessie W. Ellison. And, yes, according to Jim Garrison, of the state Historic Preservation Office, the pyramid is covered in long-lasting, easy-to-maintain, bathroom-like ceramic tiles.

Q: What is irrgation, and why do only a few areas offer it?
A: If you live within the boundaries of the SRP’s water district, which are not necessarily the same as the power district’s boundaries, you get SRP irrigation water from the canals. That’s why in some older parts of the Valley you see berms built up around the lawns – to hold in the irrigation water. Many municipal parks and some schools are also irrigated, which saves money.

Q: How far is it to the ocean from Phoenix?
A: The nearest beaches are along the Sea of Cortez, in Rocky Point, Mexico, and only about 215 miles from Phoenix. The nearest ocean is the Pacific, at San Diego, Calif., about 350 miles from Phoenix.

Q: What are the names of the mountain ranges surrounding Phoenix?
A: Greater Phoenix is surrounded by mountain ranges. The Superstitions to the east, beyond Mesa; the Sierra Estrellas to the southwest, the White Tanks due west and the McDowells to the northeast.

Q: Do people really eat rattlesnake here?
A: Yes, and in fact, some restaurants serve it. Some say it tastes like chicken.

Q: Does it ever snow in Scottsdale?
A: Yes, and here is the proof. I took this picture in North Scottsdale on March of 2006.

 

 

Q: Why do Arizona sunsets have such vibrant colors and in the rest of the country the sun just goes down, period.
A: Part of the reason why we have great sunsets here is because the air is fairly clear and clean – this doesn’t happen in really smoggy places. When the sun is low in the sky and the path of the light rays is longer, the yellows and oranges and reds (the ones with longest wavelengths) get scattered around near the ground. The longer the light has to travel, the more red or orange we see. Clouds help, especially really high clouds that catch the light. Contrary to what is commonly believed, our great sunsets are not the result of dust and stuff in the air.

Q: What do they mean by ‘The Valley?’
A: Greater Phoenix is like a ‘bowl’ or Valley surrounded by higher mountains. The metro Phoenix area is nicknamed ‘The Valley of the Sun.’

Q:What causes dust storms? Are they dangerous?
A: Most common from May through September, dust storms are caused when high winds sweep across fields or dry desert terrain, causing dust to engulf nearby highways. Dust storms are usually brief, but must be taken seriously because of blinding conditions. Dust storms have been attributed to many collisions resulting in loss of property, injury and death. Safety tips: If motorists see a dust storm crossing the road or are engulfed in one, they should pull off the highway a safe distance and wait for the dusty conditions to pass. When stopped, turn off lights; set the emergency brake, and make sure the brake light is off. This will reduce the possibility of a rear-end collision. If conditions prevent pulling off the road, proceed at an appropriately reduced speed. In this situation, turn your lights on and use the center line as a guide. Again remember never to stop on the pavement.

Q: What is the ‘monsoon’?
A: It’s the summer thunderstorm season, when the heaviest rains of the year fall in the desert. Temperatures fall rapidly during these storms, and rain accumulates very quickly. Heavy damage to roads, landscape and homes can occur, and flash floods are a concern. Summer thundershowers almost always occur in the late afternoon and evening hours.

Q: When does the monsoon begin each summer?
A: The summer monsoon has begun when we have three straight days with a dew point of 55 degrees or higher. This is usually in early-to-mid July, but some years can be as late as August.

Q: What’s the record for the most consecutive days of rain?
A: The Phoenix record for the most consecutive days with a trace or more of rain is 14, set from Jan. 5-18, 1993. All told, 5.12 inches of rain fell over the period.

Q: How many days of sunshine do we average each year?
A: Greater Phoenix averages 211 clear days and 85 partly cloudy days each year.

Q: Is the dry desert air really good for allergy sufferers and asthmatics?
A: Some people are surprised when they move here and their symptoms get worse. The culprit isn’t the native desert vegetation, but imports like olive and mulberry trees, and bermuda grass.

Q: Is there a such a thing as a jackalope?
A: No, the tackiest totem of the American West, the jackalope – half bunny, half antelope – is 100 percent tourist trap. It was created on a lark in the early 1930s and immortalized on a Bob Petley postcard.

Q: Scottsdale is the richest city in Arizona, right?
A: No, the most affluent community in Arizona is Paradise Valley, between north Phoenix and Scottsdale.

Q: What about rattlesnakes?
A: There are 11 species of rattlesnakes in Arizona. They emerge for the season in March and April. During the summer, they are more active at night. If you’re hiking or climbing, don’t put your hands where you can’t see – rattlers don’t always rattle before they strike. Get help immediately if bitten. see more information on our “urban wildlife” here

Q: How about scorpions?
A: There are many different kinds and like rattlesnakes, are more likely to be found in the outer, undeveloped areas, but they are also found in specific areas of the city. Scorpions are nocturnal. During the light hours, they hide under rocks, woodpiles, or debris, or burrows in the ground. Digging up an area where scorpions are nesting “stirs” them up and this is why they will be found with more frequency around construction sites and newer homes. Scorpions do sting, but there is only one scorpion,the bark scorpion, whose sting is considered life-threatening.

Q: Now the real newcomer question – the one you’re too embarrassed to ask: Where does the water come from?
A: In the years after construction of Roosevelt Dam, a series of five dams – three on the Salt and two on the Verde – were built to help store water from the rivers’ 13,000-square-mile watersheds. Those dams created the various lakes – Canyon, Saguaro, etc. – where you go to fish or water-ski.

That’s why there’s no water in the Salt – It’s all damned up upstream. The water enters the SRP canal system at the Granite Reef Diversion Dam below the confluence of the Salt and Verde in the far East Valley. And that is why, even though you came here to get away from the snow, you should care how much snow falls in Arizona’s central and eastern mountains. That snowmelt keeps the lakes filled.

The watershed is not the Valley’s sole source of water. SRP and various cities pump groundwater and the Central Arizona Canal, a huge undertaking, delivers Arizona’s share of Colorado River water to the Valley and Tucson.