Mesa, AZ
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Mesa is a large city located in the state of Arizona. With a population of 484,587 people and 123 constituent neighborhoods, Mesa is the third largest community in Arizona.

Mesa is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Mesa is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mesa who work in office and administrative support (15.91%), sales jobs (11.55%), and management occupations (8.44%).

Also of interest is that Mesa has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One of the benefits of being a big city like Mesa is having a public transportation system, but in Mesa the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Mesa benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

The percentage of people in Mesa who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 25.63% of adults in Mesa have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Mesa in 2010 was $25,669, which is upper middle income relative to Arizona, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $102,676 for a family of four. However, Mesa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Mesa is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Mesa home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Mesa residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Mesa also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 27.05% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Mesa include English, Irish, Italian, and French .

The most common language spoken in Mesa is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Native American languages.