Remarkable Scottsdale

Scottsdale is a remarkable city in many categories – for residents, visitors, investors, and businesses. It has among the most highly regarded quality of life in America and produces income and wealth well above most of Arizona... or the country.

It’s the No. 1 destination nationally for those who want a relaxed spa vacation amid world class restaurants and resorts, with Sonoran Desert scenery that’s the envy of the world. In addition to the significant tourism and hospitality industry, which attracts 9 million visitors and produces $3.7 billion in economic impact, the Scottsdale Airpark is home to one of the largest employment clusters in Arizona.

Our town has great weather, low taxes, mountain vistas, and lots to do. It's a business and start-up mecca, has plenty of upscale retail, and events that include baseball's Spring Training, the Waste Management Open, world famous auctions featuring luxury and historic autos, and festival after festival after festival.

What’s not to love about Scottsdale? All this is available to visitors – but it’s also the everyday playground for those who work and live here. That’s why one of our slogans is “Live Where You’re Treated like a Guest.”

Residents and visitors are spenders

A few of Scottsdale’s lifestyle and business rankings

  • Top U.S. Cities for Women (No. 7) – SmartAsset
  • No. 1 City in the U.S. to Live an Active Lifestyle – Wallethub
  • Top 25 City in the U.S. for Arts Destinations – American Style Magazine
  • Top 10 City to Launch a Startup – Datafox rankings
  • Best Cities for Hispanic Entrepreneurs – Wallethub
  • Best City in the U.S. to Get a Job – Wallethub
  • No. 7 Safest City in the U.S. – Law Street Media
  • Top 100 Best Communities for Young People – America’s Promise Alliance
  • Top High School in the Nation – U.S. News & World Report

Median income is $72,455 a year with median family income at $106,716. Source:

And Scottsdale retailers exceed $2 billion in annual sales.

Visitors contribute enormously to the city’s luxury retail offerings, which include Nordstrom, Macy’s, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co, Armani, Barney’s of New York, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Boss Hugo Boss, and many more. They contribute to the city’s reputation for high fashion and beauty. Its arts district is world renowned, as is the funky Old Town with its local shopping and entertainment district.

Scottsdale has more than 25,000 businesses, including nearly 20% of the state’s corporate headquarters (with a little more than 3% of the population).

There's more to come:

According to Scottsdale's office of economic development, “More than 90 percent of Scottsdale’s software companies are growing with more than 10 percent software employment growth forecast in Arizona over the next five years. Other leading growth industries include technology, finance and insurance, real estate and rentals, health care and social services, and accommodation and food services.”


'Live Where You’re Treated like a Guest.'

The Scottsdale Market