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The History of Scottsdale

Scottsdale was settled around 1888 by Winfield Scott and his brother, the town was then called Orangedale, after the vast citrus groves, the brothers planted. Later it was founded in 1894, then renamed in Scottsdale after its founder. Much later Scottsdale was incorporated in 1951 with a population of 2000, the current population is 217,385. In 1896 the Scottsdale Public School system was established by the settlers. Many of the original settlers were educated and loved cultural activities. By 1897 the first general store was opened as well as the town’s post office, the town supported artists and writers, which inspired the opening of the first resort in 1909, the Ingleside Inn, located just south of the Arizona Canal. Cavaliers Blacksmith Shop was also opened in the same year it has moved locations but is till operating. Also in 1909, the school house was replaced with an extensive Little Red Schoolhouse that still stands today.
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1900 Scottsdale

Scottsdale Culture

Arts and Culture have made their home in Scottsdale. The center for performing arts has beautiful fountains lush gardens and a few restaurants. In 2015 the  Museum of the West was born, Scottsdale is also home to the Fiesta Bowl Museum which holds the records of the college game since 1971. 

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Scottsdale NOW

Did you know Scottsdale has canals that date back 1500 years to native American inhabitants? It is actually one of Scottsdale’s well-known secrets. Having been built on the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt, a flood plane that was developed into lakes, parks, golf courses, and paths that are all throughout Scottsdale. The live-work-play city was idealized after San Antonio’s river walk. McDowell Sonoran Preserve is an amazing 30,000 acres of lush desert paradise full of wildlife and flora. All this beauty next door to residents and shopping centers.
Down Town Scottsdale is known for its live-work-play lifestyle. Many condos and urban house are within seconds from Down Town Scottsdale’s exciting nightlife. Having more than 70 art galleries puts Scottsdale in the top 5 art markets in the country. Many businesses make their home downtown, Webbly and Yelp both just to name a few. If shopping is a necessity get ready to check out Scottsdale Fashion square, the bar is set high by stores like Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Dillards, Barney’s New York,  Armani Exchange, Ann Taylor and Cartier just to name a few. Scottsdale has over 790 restaurant options.

Scottsdale Home Equity

Home Equity in Scottsdale zip code 85251. Today the sold price for these same homes is ~226.41per sq./ft, an increase of ~8%.  Great news if you are the seller!

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Scottsdale Economic Overview

Scottsdale City Stats

Unemployment:  4.40%

Job Growth: 3.17%

Future Job Growth: 41.94%  (over the next 10 years)

Tax Rate: 7.95%

Income Tax; 3.36%

Income per Capita: $51,564                                         (including adults and children)

Median Household Income: $72,455

Recent legislation has also reduced Arizona’s corporate income tax rate by 30 percent, reduced Arizona’s commercial property assessment ratio, and increased personal property tax exemptions by 15 percent. Learn more by viewing a full list of Arizona Commerce Authority incentive opportunities and programs.

Top Employers

Scottsdale is home to a significant corporate presence, most notably in the Bio/Life Sciences and Financial Services Sectors. According to employment data from the Maricopa Association of Governments, the following represent the largest private employers in the community:

Company Employees
HonorHealth (Scottsdale Healthcare) 6,382
General Dynamics C-4 3,000
CVS Health 2,800
Vanguard 2,500
Mayo Clinic 1,851
Nationwide Insurance (formerly Scottsdale Insurance) 1,800
McKesson Corporation 1,350
Yelp 1,000
Fairmont Princess Resort 915
Quicken Loans 835
 Go Daddy 829
 International Cruise and Excursion 700

Source: MAG 2015 Employer Database and Staff Research

Top Employer Locations

HonorHealth (Scottsdale Healthcare)

General Dynamics C-4

Nationwide Insurance (formerly Scottsdale Insurance)

The Vanguard Group

Mayo Clinic

13400 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259, USA

Nationwide Insurance

McKesson Corporation


Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Quicken Loans

GoDaddy Headquarters

Intl Cruise & Excursions Inc