Mesa, AZ

Mesa profile

Living in Mesa

Mesa is a large city located in the state of Arizona. With a population of 518,012 people and 123 constituent neighborhoods, Mesa is the third largest community in Arizona.

Mesa real estate is some of the most expensive in Arizona, although Mesa house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some cities, Mesa isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Mesa are a mix of both white- and blue-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 (14.37%), sales jobs (10.61%), and management occupations (8.78%).

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 a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Mesa. This makes Mesa a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Mesa presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

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: 80.59% 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 overall education level of Mesa is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.37% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Mesa in 2018 was $29,500, which is upper middle income relative to Arizona and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $118,000 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 27.68% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Mesa include German, English, Irish, Italian, and European.

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