Scottsdale is a city in Arizona. It is located in the east part of Maricopa County, adjacent to Phoenix. As of 2007, it had an estimated population of 240,410 inhabitants. Scottsdale is considered as an upscale tourist destination, as well as a prime representation of western American style. The city has one of the most expensive real estate markets in the United States.
There are roughly four main areas of the city: North Scottsdale, Central Scottsdale, Old Town/Downtown Scottsdale, and South Scottsdale. South Scottsdale is generally the working class and urban region of the city. Old Town/Downtown Scottsdale is considered the major cultural district, and holds many streets, bars, old fashion stores, nightclubs and art galleries, reminiscent to the cowboy era. Central Scottsdale is the major real estate and community part of the city. There is also a high number of resorts in this part of town. Finally, North Scottsdale is the most actively developed area, since it was the least developed until now. The most expensive homes are located here, and the borders are rapidly expanding into the McDowell Mountain range to the west.
The city is known for its high society and affluent culture. There are many luxury areas that are frequented often, but residents stereotyped as being somewhat arrogant. Scottsdale is considered "the West's Most Western Town," based on its rich cowboy history. More than 125 art galleries are located in the city, as well as many museums.
Although there are no major league professional team sports in Scottsdale, the San Francisco Giants come down to practice at Scottsdale Stadium. The Scottsdale Scorpions is a minor league baseball team hosted at Scottsdale Stadium. They play in the Arizona Fall League. Golf is very popular in the city, making it a premier destination for many all over the world.