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Scottsdale: A Great City for Work or Play!
With a population size of more than 225,000, Scottsdale is one of Arizona’s largest cities that has plenty to offer for people of all ages
Scottsdale: A Great City For Work and Play

With a population size of more than 225,000, Scottsdale is one of Arizona’s largest cities that has plenty to offer for people of all ages. Scottsdale is well known as a major snowbird and tourist destination, a family-friendly city, as well as a historical southwest icon. If you have ever visited the area, we’re here to provide you reasons to stay.

Employment Rates

Due to the amount of resorts, restaurants, healthcare facilities, and flourishing businesses in the area, Scottsdale provides endless employment opportunities for its residents or newcomers. Movoto states that the unemployment rate for Scottsdale is 4.3%, which is lower than the national average. Also, job growth is up 1.99% with an expected growth of 39.70% in the next decade. That’s a huge jump in the number of jobs that will be available by 2026. The median household income is $72,163 and the average commute to work is just 22 minutes. The Department of Numbers states that the American median household income in 2014 was $53,657 and the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that the national average daily commute to work is 25.4 minutes. Scottsdale beats out both of these national averages, indicating an exceptional place to build a career and life. With a lower cost of living compared to many other large cities across the country, Scottsdale is an upscale yet affordable place to live, play, work, and thrive.

Activities, Events, and Sports

Not only is Scottsdale ranked #1 in the country as the best city to live an active lifestyle in according to WalletHub, but there are endless things to do and see in this eastern Maricopa County city. Some of the must-see
cultural attractions are the Center for the Performing Arts, Museum of the West, Fiesta Bowl Museum, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Cavalliere’s Blacksmith Shop. After you’ve worked up an appetite exploring these southwestern exhibits, you can choose from over 790 restaurants, ranging anywhere from mom and pop traditional to the most trendy and modern of places. No wonder The Daily Beast ranks Scottsdale in the top 20 of “America’s Most Thriving Cities”!

If sports are more of an interest to you, Scottsdale will leave you with an endless amount of events to attend or watch on tv at the wide variety of sports bars. In fact, the Waste Management Phoenix Open is the most-attended tournament in the world, with an annual attendance of about
500,000. And of course, spring training every year brings baseball fans from all across the country to the area which provides an economic boost for all the local hotels and restaurants. Furthermore, Scottsdale is within a 30 minute drive from major college and professional sports teams as well, including Arizona State University Athletics, and the Arizona Cardinals, Diamondbacks, and Coyotes stadiums.

Business Environment

We’ve already mentioned the hundreds of restaurants and hotels that provide employment opportunities in Scottsdale, but the city’s proximity to Scottsdale Airpark and Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport has really helped define the city as a business haven. The surrounding Airpark developed as a regional center of commerce, employing more than 50,000 people in over 2,500 individual businesses. Also, a partnership with Arizona State University has produced SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, that combines technology, education, and entrepreneurship to provide business and professional growth opportunities for many. The combination of all of these factors make Scottsdale an incredible place and opportunity to work and build a comfortable life as well as a place for new businesses and entrepreneurs to flourish.

Tourism Economy

MSN Money  names Scottsdale the number one city for retirees. Who doesn’t love beautiful sunny skies and luxurious golf courses and hotels? Scottsdale has a rich history of tourism, visited by more than 9 million people a year, generating an economic impact of $3.7 billion. Like mentioned before, spring training in March and other major events brings millions of people to the city every year to welcome new life and opportunities for people to fall in love with the city. Because Scottsdale is so big on tourism, there is a constant mix of diverse people coming in and out of the valley, bringing new business and culture to an already flourishing city.


With all of the opportunities for work and play in Scottsdale, it’s no wonder why it’s ranked one of the best cities to live in, not only in Arizona, but the entire United States. If you want to know what else there is to do in Scottsdale or itching to see the golf hype for yourself, please contact us. We would love to help.