Mesa, AZ
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Mesa is a large city located in the state of Arizona. With a population of 508,958 people and 123 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 (15.81%), sales jobs (11.12%), and management occupations (8.83%).

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 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.

Mesa is one of the most car-oriented large cities in America. A full 80.68% 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.

In terms of college education, Mesa is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.07% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Mesa in 2010 was $26,535, 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 $106,140 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 27.42% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Mesa include German, 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.