Number of visitors annually: 8.9 million visitors in 2012
Annual hotel bed tax revenue: $14.4 million in 2013
Annual economic impact of visitors: $3.39 billion in 2012
Luxury visitor average age: 50 years old
Average daily on-property expenditures (including room): $363
Average length of stay: 2.4 nights
Visited the city more than once in a year: 50 percent
Luxury visitor median household income: $289,000
The top 10 activities participated in by Scottsdale visitors: dining, shopping, visiting downtown Scottsdale, Native American arts & culture, Western culture & attractions, outdoor desert activities, nightlife, golf, spa/rejuvenation, and museums /art galleries
Population: 224,800 in 2014
Size: 184.5 square miles, stretching 31 miles north to south
Elevation: 1,260 (average) feet above sea level
Rainfall: 9.3 inches per year average
City slogan: “The West’s Most Western Town”
Official food: Chili
Resorts and hotels: More than 70 hotels and resorts with a combined total of over 14,700 rooms and on-property indoor and outdoor meeting space ranging from 600 to more 200,000 square feet
Golf courses: 51 in Scottsdale, and more than 200 in the surrounding area
Golf holes: 1,233 holes on 51 courses
Rounds of golf: Scottsdale and the surrounding area host an estimated 8.3 million rounds of golf per year
Quality of golf: Scottsdale is home to 11 of the “Top 25 Golf Courses in Arizona” as determined by Golfweek’s 2014 state-by-state rankings. The city boasts six courses on Golf Magazine’s “2014 Top 100 You Can Play.” Plus, Scottsdale features 14 of the “Top 30 Golf Courses in Arizona” according to Golf Magazine’s 2012 rankings. As a result, Scottsdale accounts for the largest percentage of the state’s top ranked courses.
Golf’s economic impact: According to the Golf Industry Association, Arizona golf contributes more than $3.4 billion to the state’s economy annually, provides nearly 20,000 jobs to local residents, and generates approximately $80 million a year in tax revenue.
Golf resorts: Four of Golf Digest’s “75 Best Golf Resorts in North America” are in Scottsdale.
Golf participation in Scottsdale: Approximately 30,000 golfers live in Scottsdale
Golf practice facilities: Seven of the “Top 75 Best Practice Areas” in the country, according to Golf Digest, are located in Scottsdale; most notable are TPC Scottsdale, Grayhawk Golf Club and The Boulders Golf Club.
Golf champions: Dozens of PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour players reside in Scottsdale, including Aaron Baddeley (2006 Verizon Heritage, 2007 FBR Open champion and 2011 Northern Trust Open), Geoff Ogilvy (2006 and 2009 WGC-Accenture Match Play Champion, 2006 U.S. Open Champion, 2008 WGC-CA Championship, 2009 Mercedes-Benz Champion, 2010 Hyundai Tournament of Champions and 2014 Barracuda Championship), Pat Perez (2009 Bob Hope Classic), Martin Laird (2009 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, 2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational and 2013 Valero Texas Open), Bubba Watson (2010 Travelers Championship, 2011 Farmers Insurance Open, 2011 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, 2014 Northern Trust Open and 2012 and 2014 Masters), Paul Casey (2009 Shell Houston Open), Tim Clark (2010 The Players Championship and 2014 RBC Canadian Open), Kirk Triplett (2000 Nissan Open, 2003 Reno-Tahoe Open and 2006 Chrysler Classic of Tucson, 2012 and 2013 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach and 2014 ACE Group Classic), Tom Lehman (1996 British Open Championship, 1996 TOUR Championship, 2000 Phoenix Open, 2009 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, 2010 Senior PGA Championship, 2011 Regions Tradition, 2011 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, 2011 Allianz Championship, 2012 Charles Schwab Cup Championship, 2012 Regions Tradition and 2014 Encompass Championship), Chez Reavie (2008 RCB Canadian Open), Arron Oberholser (2006 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am), Bryce Molder (2011 Frys.com Open) and Cristie Kerr (2007 Women’s U.S. Open Champion, 2009 Michelob Ultra Open Champion).
Golf lifestyle: Scottsdale is the top ranked “Golf-Home” market in the Western United States according to findings in the June 2006 issue of Golf Digest. These rankings are based upon the number and quality of available golf courses, non-golf amenities and cost of living, among other factors.
Golf instruction: The city is home to five of “America’s 50 Greatest Teachers,” according to Golf Digest. They include No. 3 Jim McLean at SunRidge Canyon Golf Club, No. 9 Stan Utley at Grayhawk Golf Club, No. 19 Pia Nilsson at Talking Stick Golf Club, No. 28 Peter Kostis at Grayhawk Golf Club, No. 32 Lynn Marriott at Talking Stick Golf Club and No. 39 Mike LaBauve at Kierland Golf Club.
Golf and water: Golf accounts for just 2 percent of Arizona’s annual water consumption
Waste Management Phoenix Open: Held at TPC Scottsdale, the Waste Management Phoenix Open is the best-attended golf tournament in the world which attracted a record-setting 563,008 patrons during the week of the 2014 tournament. The 2015 tournament marks the 80th anniversary of the event. Plus, Super Bowl XLIX will kick off in Arizona a short time after the last putt drops at the Stadium Course. The courses itself underwent a complete makeover just in time for the 2015 season. The seven-month, $15 million project resulted in the resurfacing of greens, renovation of bunkers and tees, new cart paths, landscaping and overall enhancement of the challenge and playability. The clubhouse also received a facelift with upgraded décor and amenities.
A 2012 study performed by Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business placed the tournament’s economic impact on Scottsdale and the surrounding area at $222 million per year.
Spas: More than 50 day and resort spas
Art & culture: More than 125 art galleries, studios and museums; over 50 permanent public artworks
Restaurants: More than 600
Paved paths: 99 miles of shared-use paths
Unpaved trails: 271 miles of shared-use paths
Airport access: Convenient access to Sky Harbor International Airport with 1,200+ daily flights. It serves more than 100 domestic and international cities with daily flights, most of them nonstop. Scottsdale Airport is a general aviation reliever facility located nine miles north of downtown Scottsdale. Approximately 142,250 takeoffs and landings occurred in 2013. Scottsdale is one of the premiere corporate jet facilities in the state.
Density: 1,218 people/square mile; 2.2 persons per household
Population rank: 7th in Arizona, 95th in the United States
Resident median age: 44.4years
Resident median household income: $72,102
Education: Graduate degree – 22%, Bachelor degree – 54%, Some College – 83%, High School graduates – 97%
Unemployment rate: 4.5% in May 2014
Businesses: Nearly 15,000 businesses provide more than 182,000 jobs in Scottsdale; 13% of all jobs in Scottsdale are directly related to tourism, while additional jobs also are impacted by the industry – from commercial real estate agents and
construction workers to local farmers who supply the hotels and resorts with fresh food.
Largest private employers: Scottsdale Healthcare, General Dynamics C4 Systems, CVS-CareMark, Vanguard Insurance, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale Insurance Company, Veri Fone, Inc., and International Cruise and Excursion.
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