The U.S. Postal Service announced Friday that a new ZIP code will go into effect in the city of Tempe beginning July 1.
TEMPE, Ariz. — Rapid population growth in Tempe is forcing residents to US Postal Service to create another postcode district in the city.
Beginning July 1, the new 85288 ZIP code would come into effect and neighborhood residents would have to start using the new code on their postage. Mail with the old or new zip code will still be delivered for up to one year.
All postal customers affected by the change of postcode will be informed by post of their new postcode.
The Postal Service said rapid population gains were forcing Tempe to get a new ZIP code to allow for more efficient mail delivery.
According Census numbersTempe was home to over 184,000 residents in 2021. The city was reported to have about 161,000 residents in 2010.
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Maricopa County is the 4th largest county in the United States by population with 4,485,414 people, according to the 2020 census.
The county contains approximately 63% of Arizona’s population and covers 9,224 square miles. This makes the county larger than seven US states (Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut, Hawaii, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire).
One of the nation’s largest park systems is also located in Maricopa County. The county has approximately 120,000 acres of open space parks that include hundreds of miles of trails, nature centers and campgrounds.
The county seat is located in Phoenix, which is also the state capital and the fifth most populous city in the United States, as designated by the census.
The county was named after the Maricopa, or Piipaash, Native American tribe.