Mesquite, TX
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Mesquite is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 144,652 people and 25 constituent neighborhoods, Mesquite is the 18th largest community in Texas.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Mesquite is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Mesquite is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Mesquite who work in office and administrative support (17.90%), sales jobs (9.62%), and management occupations (7.40%).

One downside of living in Mesquite, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.06 minutes every day commuting to work.

The education level of Mesquite citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 17.59% of adults 25 and older in Mesquite have a college degree.

The per capita income in Mesquite in 2010 was $21,401, which is middle income relative to Texas, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $85,604 for a family of four. However, Mesquite contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Mesquite is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Mesquite home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Mesquite, accounting for 36.31% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Mesquite residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Mesquite include Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.

Mesquite also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 17.26%.

The most common language spoken in Mesquite is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Asian languages.