Scottsdale, AZ

From Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau:

Want the down low on some fun facts about Scottsdale? Here you go!

  • One of the 100 largest cities in the nation and the sixth largest city in Arizona, Scottsdale has a population of approximately 228,300.
  • The city was briefly named Orangedale before being renamed “Scotts-Dale” in 1894 in honor of founder Winfield Scott. It was officially incorporated as Scottsdale in 1951.
  • The city's official nickname is The West's Most Western Town.
  • The official food of Scottsdale is chili.
  • There are more than 200 golf courses in Scottsdale and the surrounding area.
  • When complete, Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve will be the largest urban preserve in the nation. It currently encompasses 30,200 acres and offers approximately 200 miles of shared-use trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding.
  • Scottsdale stretches 31 miles from north to south and encompasses 184 square miles.
  • Scottsdale's elevation ranges from 1,150 to 4,877 feet above sea level.
  • Scottsdale has been the backdrop for several Hollywood blockbusters, including “Raising Arizona,” “Wayne's World” and “Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.”
  • Scottsdale has seven sister cities located in Alamos, New Mexico; Cairns, Queensland, Australia; Haikou, China; Interlaken, Switzerland; Marrakech, Morocco; Kingston, Ontario, Canada; and Uasin Gishu, Kenya.
  • Among its many honors, Scottsdale was named the 4th best mid-size city for millennials by the travel research website Gogobot (2016); ranked in the Top 10 Cities That Care (2016) and the No. 1 City for an Active Lifestyle by WalletHub.com (2016); named the No. 2 Foodie City in the U.S. by Livability.com (2014); and named the Most Livable City in the United States by the U.S. Conference of Mayors (1993).
  • The saguaro cacti that fill the Sonoran Desert in and around Scottsdale can live as long as 150-200 years and can weigh over 3,000 pounds when fully hydrated.
  • Scottsdale has more spas per capita than any other city in the U.S.
  • In just over four hours, you can be at the beach! Rocky Point, Mexico, is only about 220 miles southwest Scottsdale.

Want more Scottsdale? Check out 7 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know, from the Arizona Republic.

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