Mesa, AZ

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Living in Mesa

Mesa is a large city located in the state of Arizona. With a population of 496,401 people and 123 constituent neighborhoods, Mesa is the third largest community in Arizona.

Mesa is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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.

Mesa is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Mesa is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

One important feature of Mesa is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 80.68% of people commute to and from work every day by private automobile, eschewing alternative forms of transportation, which are not widely available in Mesa anyway. So, if you like to drive, Mesa is the city for you! The landscape around Mesa reflects this: wide streets, parking lots, plenty of highways, malls, and shopping centers are what you'll find.

The overall education level of Mesa is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 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.