Buzzing hotel and nightlife scene. Scottsdale is an upscale suburb of Phoenix with an estimated population of about 244,000 (2009). Scottsdale is considered the "resort capital" of America with more golf courses per capita than most any other place in the country. This thriving, energetic city, with its abundance of resorts and high-end hotels, has an active nightlife scene and a seemingly unlimited number of upscale restaurants. Sharing a border with Phoenix, the nation's fifth largest city, Scottsdale AZ is a very popular vacation destination.
Location and orientation. Scottsdale is bordered to its west by Phoenix, to the east by Fountain Hills, to the north by Carefree and to the south by Tempe, Arizona. The town of Paradise Valley, one the most affluent places in America also borders to the west of Scottsdale.
Districts within Scottsdale. Essentially, Scottsdale can be divided into three different areas. South Scottsdale and east can be described as middle working class of modest family neighborhoods. The Downtown area is comprised "Old Town" and "The Waterfront". Old Town claims the Fifth Avenue Shops, The Marshall Way Contemporary Arts District and retail center of Scottsdale Fashion Mall. North Scottsdale lays claim to the most luxurious resorts and hotels and boasts some of the most expensive residences in the area. Although Paradise Valley is a separate small town, most people believe it is part of Scottsdale.
The name "Scottsdale". In 1888, Winfield Scott purchased 640 acres at $2.50 per acre. This 640 acres became the beginning of Scottsdale, AZ which was originally called "Orangedale".