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Overview

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 Attractions

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:

  • Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
  • Dallas Zoo
  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • Dallas World Aquarium and Rainforest
  • Fair Park
  • Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District
  • Six Flags Over Texas
  • The Sixth Floor Museum
  • West End Marketplace

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.

People

Total Population 143,584
Male Share of the Population 47.8%
Female Share of the Population 52.2%
Senior Citizens 9.1%
Employed Population 16+ 68,018
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 46.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.6%
Median Earnings25+ $32,788
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,468
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,773

Wealth

Median Family Income $55,593
% Above Poverty Level 84.6%
% Below Poverty Level 15.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 21.3%
Median Gross Rent $962
Median House Value $109,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 64.1%
US/American 0%
English 4.7%
Irish 5.5%

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

Mesquite Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 11 miles E of Dallas, Texas
County Dallas
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.
Latitude 32.766
Longitude -96.598

Mesquite 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 DALLAS LOVE AP
Distance 15.7 miles
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
Station LAVON DAM
Distance 19.6 miles
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
Distance 26 miles
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Balch Springs 24,948 $41,594
Combine 2,091 $72,778
Forney 16,793 $87,045
Heath 7,793 $154,625

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

Mesquite Public Libraries

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Mesquite Public Library
300 W GRUBB DR
Mesquite, Texas
(972) 216-6220
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Mesquite Hospitals

MEDICAL CENTER OF MESQUITE,THE
(Proprietary)
1011 N GALLOWAY
(214) 320-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

MESQUITE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
3500 INTERSTATE 30
(972) 698-2459
Emergency Service: Yes

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Mesquite High Schools

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NORTH MESQUITE HIGH SCHOOL
18201 LBJ FWY
972-882-7900
Serves 2,486 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

MESQUITE HIGH SCHOOL
300 E DAVIS ST
972-882-7800
Serves 2,418 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

HORN HIGH SCHOOL
3300 E CARTWRIGHT RD
972-882-5200
Serves 1,941 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

WEST MESQUITE HIGH SCHOOL
2500 MEMORIAL BLVD
972-882-7600
Serves 1,665 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

POTEET HIGH SCHOOL
3300 POTEET DR
972-882-5300
Serves 1,627 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

MESQUITE ACADEMY
2704 MOTLEY
972-882-7570
A Non-traditional School
Serves 187 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.2

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