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.
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.
Of the large cities in America, Mesa is one of the most car-oriented. This is reflected in the urban landscape, which features highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers of all sizes. It is also reflected in the statistics: 0.80% of people in Mesa drive to work in their own car everyday, most often alone. So, if you're going to live in Mesa, you'll need to learn to love driving. Alternative forms of transportation aren't very widely used or supported.
The population of Mesa overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Mesa, 24.87% have at least a bachelor's 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.