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Overview

Introduction to Mesa, Arizona

Mesa, located in south-central Arizona, is the third-largest city in the state and one of America's new breed of fast growing cities. It is a suburb of Phoenix. Initially inhabited by Native Americans and Spanish explorers, the area became US territory after the Mexican American War. Mormon pioneers founded the city in 1878; a large Mormon population (25%) remains there today. During World War II, Mesa was a major Air Force training center at Falcon Field Airport and Williams Air Force Base. After the war, many military families decided to settle in Mesa permanently.

Today, Mesa is a prospering industrial area, with companies like Boeing and AT&T among its leading employers. The area's climate makes it an ideal tourist destination; a strong and growing economy lure top companies and young professionals.

Mesa Culture

In downtown Mesa, the Arts and Cultural District is home to the Mesa Arts Center, the Mesa Southwest Shakespeare Company, the Mesa Southwest Museum and several galleries, dance companies and theaters. The Mesa Amphitheatre is one of metro Phoenix's top places to see popular music's biggest acts. Other cultural attractions in Mesa include the Commemorative Air Force Museum and the Mesa Historical Society & Museum.

Mesa Sports and Leisure

With sunshine throughout the year, Mesa is an ideal location for the Chicago Cubs' spring training operations. For season-long minor league baseball, the Mesa Angels are an affiliate of the Anaheim Angels. Just 18 miles away, Phoenix is home to major league baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks, the NFL's Phoenix Cardinals, the NBA's Phoenix Suns, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes.

Mesa Outdoors

The Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area is a golfer's paradise, with over 100 courses in the area. Desert Forest Golf Club in nearby Carefree and The Rim, an hour northwest in Payson, are among Golfweek Magazine's Best Courses in America list. For world-class hiking and rafting, the Grand Canyon is 3 hours away.

Mesa at Night

Mesa has an excellent nightlife, with many of the attractions of a larger city, but more of a small town personality. For big city action, Phoenix is just a short ride away.

People

Total Population 458,860
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 15.6%
Employed Population 16+ 201,943
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 47.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.9%
Median Earnings25+ $33,016
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,438
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,493

Wealth

Median Family Income $59,442
% Above Poverty Level 83.5%
% Below Poverty Level 16.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 4.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 2.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.8%
Median Gross Rent $882
Median House Value $156,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.4%
US/American 0%
English 10.3%
Irish 8.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Mesa Almanac

Category Value
County Maricopa
Metro Area Phoenix - Mesa
Standard Zip Codes 85201, 85202, 85203, 85204, 85205, 85206, 85207, 85208, 85209, 85210, 85212, 85213, 85215
P.O. Box Zip Codes 85211, 85214, 85216, 85274, 85275, 85277
Phone Area Codes 480
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.422
Longitude -111.821

Mesa Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station MESA
Distance 0.5 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 67 F
Apr Temp 54 to 85 F
Jul Temp 77 to 106 F
Oct Temp 59 to 89 F
Annual Precip 9.2 inches
Station PHOENIX SKY HRBR INTL AP
Distance 10.3 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 65 F
Apr Temp 58 to 83 F
Jul Temp 81 to 104 F
Oct Temp 63 to 86 F
Annual Precip 8.2 inches
Station SOUTH PHOENIX
Distance 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 67 F
Apr Temp 51 to 85 F
Jul Temp 74 to 102 F
Oct Temp 56 to 87 F
Annual Precip 8.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chandler 250,202 $84,761
Gilbert 230,781 $91,125
Guadalupe 6,012 $36,477
Paradise Valley 13,477 $212,179
Scottsdale 227,471 $98,540
Tempe 169,816 $63,682

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Mesa Public Libraries

Library
City Of Mesa Library
64 EAST 1ST STREET
Mesa, Arizona
(480) 644-2702
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Mesa Hospitals

MESA GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Government - State)
515 NORTH MESA DRIVE
(480) 969-9111
Emergency Service: Yes

BANNER MESA MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
1010 NORTH COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE
(480) 834-1211
Emergency Service: Yes

BANNER DESERT MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1400 SOUTH DOBSON ROAD
(480) 512-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

ARIZONA SPINE AND JOINT HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
4620 EAST BASELINE ROAD
(480) 832-4770
Emergency Service: No

BANNER BAYWOOD MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
6644 EAST BAYWOOD AVENUE
(480) 981-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

BANNER BAYWOOD HEART HOSPITAL
(Government - Local)
6750 EAST BAYWOOD AVENUE
(480) 854-5050
Emergency Service: Yes

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Mesa High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

EVIT TEMPE AUTO
1601 W. MAIN STREET
480-461-4000
A Vocational School
Serves 5,442 students.

MESA HIGH SCHOOL
1630 EAST SOUTHERN AVE
480-472-5900
Serves 2,707 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.7

MOUNTAIN VIEW HIGH SCHOOL
2700 E BROWN ROAD
480-472-6900
Serves 2,707 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.6

DOBSON HIGH SCHOOL
1501 W GUADALUPE
480-472-3000
Serves 2,452 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.4

RED MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL
7301 E BROWN ROAD
480-472-8000
Serves 2,421 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.8

WESTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
945 W 8TH STREET
480-472-4400
Serves 2,351 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.8

EAST VALLEY INSTITUTE OF TECHN
1601 WEST MAIN STREET
480-461-4173
A Vocational School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,266 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 37.3

SKYLINE HIGH SCHOOL
845 S CRISMON
480-472-9400
Serves 1,658 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.8

DESERT RIDGE HIGH
10045 E MADERO AVE
480-984-8947
A Title I School.
Serves 1,465 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

EVIT HAMILTON
1601 W. MAIN STREET
480-461-4000
A Vocational School
Serves 1,329 students.

MESA SATTELITE
1630 E. SOUTHERN AVE
480-461-4109
A Vocational School
Serves 957 students.

SUN VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
1143 S LINDSAY RD
480-497-4800
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 956 students.

QUEEN CREEK SATELLITE
1601 W. MAIN ST.
480-461-4000
A Vocational School
Serves 528 students.

LIFE SCHOOL LIBERTY
3015 S. POWER RD
480-830-3444
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 460 students.

HERITAGE ACADEMY
32 S. CENTER
480-969-5641
A Charter School.
Serves 391 students.

SEQUOIA CHARTER SCHOOL
1460 S. HORNE
480-649-7737
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 388 students.

LIFE SCHOOL COLLEGE PREPARATORY - GOLD
2929 E MCKELLIPS RD
480-924-1500
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 381 students.

EAST VALLEY ACADEMY
1727 WEST MAIN
480-472-9350
Serves 337 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 30.6

PINNACLE HIGH SCHOOL - MESA
151 N. CENTENNIAL WAY
480-668-5003
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 201 students.

MESA VISTA HIGH SCHOOL
1731 N. COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE
480-472-5350
A Non-traditional School
Serves 183 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

MESA DETENTION
1810 S. LEWIS ST.
602-506-2707
A Non-traditional School
Serves 178 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.3

ACADEMY WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS
433 N HALL
480-833-0068
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 133 students.

SEQUOIA CHOICE SCHOOL ARIZONA DISTANCE LEARNING SC
1460 E HORNE
480-655-7005
A Charter School.
Serves 132 students.

BOULDER CANYON LEARNING CENTER
10222 E. SOUTHERN AVE.
480-472-9650
Serves 106 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.6

SONORAN DESERT SCHOOL
4448 E. MAIN ST.
480-396-5463
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 92 students.

PATHFINDER ACADEMY
2542 N. 76TH PLACE
480-986-7071
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 68 students.

RCB HIGH SCHOOL - MESA
323 N. GILBERT RD. 108
480-833-0024
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 58 students.

S H A R P
950 NORTH SUN VALLEY BLVD.
480-472-8960
A Special Education School
Serves 56 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.7

AA&E MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE SITE
1350 S. LONGMORE SUITE 39
480-833-8899
A Charter School.
Serves 49 students.

NEW SAMARITAN HIGH SCHOOL
65 E. FIRST AVENUE SUITE 103
480-833-7470
A Charter School.
Serves 40 students.

SUNDOWN HIGH SCHOOL
546 N. STAPLEY DRIVE
480-472-7261
Serves 37 students.

SEQUOIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
1460 S. HORNE
480-649-7737
A Vocational School
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 36 students.

TAPP
1727 W. MAIN
480-472-9351
A Non-traditional School
Serves 26 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

HOMEBOUND
549 NORTH STAPLEY DRIVE
602-898-7700
A Title I School.
Serves 20 students.

AA&E CHANDLER GILBERT COMMUNITY COLLEGE SITE
1350 S. LONGMORE SUITE 39
480-833-8899
A Charter School.
Serves 6 students.

MESA DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM
549 N STAPLEY
480-472-7285

AZTEC ACADEMY
4710 E. BASELINE ROAD
480-325-1299
A Charter School.

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