Mesa, AZ
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Mesa is a large city located in the state of Arizona. With a population of 471,825 people and 123 constituent neighborhoods, Mesa is the third largest community in Arizona.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Mesa is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Mesa is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Mesa who work in office and administrative support (16.07%), sales jobs (11.76%), and management occupations (8.21%).

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.

Mesa is one of the most car-oriented large cities in America. A full 0.80% of people drive their car alone to work each day. If you like to drive, you'll love it. And you better. Because walking to work is just not a viable option for most people who live in Mesa. Highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers are part of the common Mesa landscape.

The citizens of Mesa are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.87% of adults in Mesa having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Mesa in 2010 was $24,724, 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 $98,896 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 26.58% 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 German.