In the northern reaches of the Valley of the Sun and only ten miles from Phoenix, you'll find the city of Scottsdale, Arizona. The warm, arid climate that comes from being located in the northern reaches of the Sonoran Desert and its thriving nightlife has made Scottsdale the preferred destination for wealthy homeowners and tourists. Known colloquially as "The West's Most Western Town", Scottsdale is a great city to consider if you're thinking of relocating to look for work. This is due to the 3.1 billion dollars tourists spend every year in the city's hotels, spas, shopping malls, nightclubs, and Southwest-themed art galleries.
Of the approximately 285,000 people who make their permanent home in Scottsdale, only about 5.3% of them are unemployed, which is a much lower average than Arizona as a whole, which sits at 8%. Nearly 18% of people with jobs commute by car or metro to Phoenix on a daily basis for work. Of the Phoenix suburbs, Scottsdale is one of the most upscale and therefore the most expensive to live in. With a cost of living of 106.5 compared to the national average of 100, many people are unable to afford a home here. This is why the average household income is over $70,000, about $20,000 more than the state average.
If you can find an affordable place to live in Scottsdale or perhaps the neighboring cities of Tempe or Glendale, jobs in tourism abound. Almost 40% of the workforce in Scottsdale is employed in tourism and hospitality. There are over 60 hotels and more destination spas per capita than anywhere else in the country. High technology is Scottsdale's second largest industry thanks to the success of the Scottsdale Air Park. This industrial park is home to over 2,000 manufacturing firms, air freight companies, aerospace researchers, and service providers.
The lists of most commonly held jobs in Scottsdale naturally reflect the white-collar nature of the city. Men are usually found working in scientific and technical services or finance and insurance. Smaller numbers are found in tourism and hospitality, construction, health care and real estate. Meanwhile, for women the most common occupations are in the health care industries, followed by professional services, education, and finance. Similar numbers of women and men are in the hospitality and real estate business. If you're thinking of looking for a job in Scottsdale, you'll have good luck if you have experience working in an office or hotel.