Mesa, AZ

Mesa profile

Living in Mesa

Mesa is a very large city located in the state of Arizona. With a population of 504,258 people and 131 constituent neighborhoods, Mesa is the third largest community in Arizona.

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 (14.67%), sales jobs (10.54%), and management occupations (9.10%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.12% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

One thing noticeable about Mesa, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Mesa is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Mesa a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Mesa is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.

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: 80.71% 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 percentage of people in Mesa who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 28.07% of adults in Mesa have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Mesa in 2018 was $30,903, which is upper middle income relative to Arizona and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $123,612 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 27.61% 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.