Introduction to Mesquite, Texas
Mesquite is a city in north central Texas located only 12 miles east of Dallas. Situated on U.S. Route 80 near the junction of Interstate Highways I-30 and I-635, Mesquite is bordered by the cities of Garland (to the north) and Balch Springs (to the south). Home of the Mesquite Championship Rodeo, the city is generally known as the "Rodeo Capital of Texas".
First established by the Texas and Pacific Railway in 1873, Mesquite was named after nearby Mesquite Creek. Incorporated in 1887, the city grew very slowly with cotton as one of its primary industries. Between 1950 and 1970, the city's population exploded, growing from less than 2,000 to upwards of 50,000 residents. This surge was largely attributable to the growth of neighboring Dallas. In the 1980s, the Mesquite Historical Commission was formed as part of an initiative to help preserve the city's culture and heritage. The commission, now known as Historic Mesquite, Inc., is still active and working on several projects, including plans for a historical park.
Mesquite's premiere attraction is the Mesquite Championship Rodeo. Started in 1958, the now nationally-televised event captures and showcases the full Texas cowboy experience. The Mesquite Arts Center, home to more than 16 arts groups, hosts the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra, the Mesquite Community Theater, and the Mesquite Community Band. The facility also includes a large art gallery with changing exhibits. Rodeo City Music Hall features "good time" entertainment designed to please the whole family. Devil’s Bowl Speedway hosts all types of vehicles engaged in action-packed competitions between March and November. Historic sites in Mesquite include the Florence Ranch Homestead, a step back in time to the late 1800s; and the Texas Queen, a double deck paddle wheeler which offers the perfect setting for many special events. Nearby Dallas/Fort Worth is home to many popular attractions located only minutes from Mesquite. These include the following:
Major league baseball action abounds in nearby Arlington, home to Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers. Nearby Irving is home to the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. The National Basketball Association's Dallas Mavericks, the National Hockey League's Dallas Stars, and FC Dallas of Major League Soccer are some other prominent teams playing in the area.
Mesquite strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Texas):
Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
Public Transportation Use
Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
Comparing Mesquite to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Texas (State):
Ratings range from (lowest) to (highest).
|Children Under 5 Years Old|
|Female Share of the Population|
|Well-Paid Single Women|
|Well-Paid Single Men|
|Male Share of the Population|
|Age of the Population|
|Average Household Size|
|Portion of People Married|
|People Above Poverty|
|People in Middle Class or Better|
|Median Family Income|
|College Educated Adults|
|Working at Home|
|Public Transportation Use|
|Short Commute Times|
|Walking and Biking to Work|
|Housing Recently Built|
|Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals|
|Affordability of Property Taxes|
|Affordability of Rents|
|People Living Alone|
|Seasonal and Vacation Housing|
|Low Violent Crime|
|Low Property Crime|
|Nearest Large City||11 miles E of Dallas, Texas|
|Standard Zip Codes||75149, 75150, 75180, 75181, 75182|
|P.O. Box Zip Codes||75185, 75187|
|Phone Area Codes||972|
|Time Zone||Central (-6 hours from GMT)|
|Daylight Savings||The city observes Daylight Saving Time.|
Nearest Weather StationsNotes:
|Station||DALLAS LOVE AP|
|Jan Temp||36 to 55 F|
|Apr Temp||56 to 77 F|
|Jul Temp||77 to 96 F|
|Oct Temp||58 to 79 F|
|Annual Precip||37 inches|
|Jan Temp||31 to 53 F|
|Apr Temp||51 to 75 F|
|Jul Temp||71 to 94 F|
|Oct Temp||53 to 78 F|
|Annual Precip||40 inches|
|Station||DALLAS-FT WORTH INTL AP|
|Jan Temp||34 to 54 F|
|Apr Temp||54 to 76 F|
|Jul Temp||75 to 95 F|
|Oct Temp||56 to 78 F|
|Annual Precip||34.7 inches|
|Average Family Size||3.27|
|American Indian & Alaskan||750||0.6%|
|Hispanic (included in categories above)||19,500||15.7%|
|Est. 2005 Population||129,902|
(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)
|Other (often includes Hispanic and African American)||45.1%|
|French (except Basque)||1.8%|
MEDICAL CENTER OF MESQUITE,THE
1011 N GALLOWAY
Emergency Service: Yes
MESQUITE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
3500 INTERSTATE 30
Emergency Service: Yes
|(As of 2006)|
200 U.S. Hwy 80 East
NORTH MESQUITE HIGH SCHOOL
18201 LBJ FWY
Serves 2,486 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6
MESQUITE HIGH SCHOOL
300 E DAVIS ST
Serves 2,418 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8
HORN HIGH SCHOOL
3300 E CARTWRIGHT RD
Serves 1,941 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1
WEST MESQUITE HIGH SCHOOL
2500 MEMORIAL BLVD
Serves 1,665 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4
POTEET HIGH SCHOOL
3300 POTEET DR
Serves 1,627 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16
A Non-traditional School
Serves 187 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.2
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