Scottsdale, Arizona

Located in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale, Arizona is bordered by Phoenix to the west and the McDowell Mountains to the east.

Scottsdale is annually rated among the nation’s most desirable communities in which to live, visit and do business. Check out Scottsdale’s latest awards and accolades.

Scottsdale’s vibrant downtown is considered the finest urban center in Arizona. It is home to more than 90 restaurants, 320 retail shops and more than 80 art galleries. Visit DowntownScottsdale.com

The Scottsdale Airpark is an economic hub booming with urban life at Kierland and Scottsdale Quarter. It is one of the state’s largest employment centers, containing over 2,900 business which employ more than 55,000. Just minutes from ISA, Honor Health Shea Hospital and the surrounding Medical District provide easy access to the area’s top doctors and medical care.

Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, in the city’s northern reaches, is the largest urban wilderness area in the United States and features more than 60 miles of trails through diverse and scenic desert terrain. Learn more.

Scottsdale Facts

  • County: Maricopa
  • Incorporated: 1951
  • Slogan: “The West’s Most Western Town”
  • Official Food: Chili, by 1994 Mayoral proclamation
  • Population: 224,800 (July 2014 Estimate)
  • Size: 184.5 square miles, stretching 31 miles from north to south
  • Elevation: from 1,150 to 4,877 feet above sea level. Scottsdale Airport is at 1,510 feet
  • Average sunny days: 314
  • Average rainfall:  7.66 inches

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