Tempe is a growing city with plenty of warmth and sunshine to make your retirement years truly the Golden Years for you.
The population of Tempe, Arizona has grown 8.7 percent since 2010, according to the 2015 estimates from the United States Census Bureau. The estimated population figure for 2015 is 175,826 with females making up 47.9 percent of residents. Seniors age 65 and over make up 8.4 percent and there are approximately 8,681 veterans in the city.
As much as 24.5 percent of residents speak a language other than English in the home and 13.3 percent of the population was born outside of the United States.
Of the Tempe Community, 72.6 percent identify as White, 21.1 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 5.9 percent as Black or African American, 5.7 percent as Asian, 3.9 percent as two or more races, 2.9 percent as American Indian and Alaska Native, and 0.4 percent as Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.
The average temperature in Tempe, Arizona is 71.3 degrees with an annual average high of 87.3 degrees and an annual average low of 55.3 degrees. During the winter months, Tempe does not experience snow and the temperatures drop to the upper 30s at night on average.
During the summer months, the average temperature during the day is over 100 degrees with an average rainfall of 9.33 inches annually. This can lead to heat-related illnesses. It is advised by the Arizona Department of Health Services to prevent heat-related illnesses and/or heat stroke that you stay well hydrated and indoors during the hottest part of the day. You can learn more about the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses through the Department’s Heat Emergency Response Plan and Heat Safety Resource Guide.
The natural plants and wildlife found in Tempe and the surrounding area draws new residents to the city. You can find an abundance of hearty trees, shrubs, ground covers, vines, cacti, succulents, grasses, perennials, and annuals that can withstand the desert heat and dry climate. If you don’t plan to visit the desert too often, but still want to appreciate these plants, consider landscaping your yard. To bring the desert home, consider planting Blue Euphorbia, Bush Morning Glory, Katie Ruellia, Arizona Rosewood, Blackbrush Acacia, Blue Palo Verde, Chaparral Sage, Yellow Dot, or Chocolate Flower. Some of these plants attract wildlife, such as birds, to your home.
While watching the local birds, you may see species like Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, House Sparrow, Anna’s Hummingbird, European Starling, Rock Pigeon, Northern Mockingbird, House Finch, and Gila Woodpecker, among other birds that are attracted to urban areas.
Arizona is teeming with wildlife. Towards the desert, you may come across roadrunners, jackrabbits, prairie dogs, Gila monsters, coyotes, horned toads, javelina, and bighorn sheep. Keep in mind that the Arizona desert is also home to rattlesnakes.
The mountains and national forests are home to mountain lions, wild turkey, deer, elk, and bear. Depending on where you live, you may see deer early in the morning or late at night in your yard.
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