dcsimg

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population143,771
Male Share of the Population48.1%
Female Share of the Population51.9%
Senior Citizens9.2%
Employed Population 16+67,743
Age of the Population32

Families

% of people married45.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17.6%
Median Earnings25+$32,664
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,671
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,602

Wealth

Median Family Income$57,288
% Above Poverty Level84.2%
% Below Poverty Level15.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home2%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone21.6%
Median Gross Rent$977
Median House Value$112,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)65.3%
German5.1%
Irish5%
English4.2%
African1.8%
Italian1.2%
French Except Basque0.9%
Scottish0.9%
Nigerian0.6%
Arab0.5%
West Indian0.4%
Dutch0.4%
Czech0.3%
Polish0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Swedish0.2%
Palestinian0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Jordanian0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Greek0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Somali0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Russian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Iranian0.1%
New Zealand0.1%
+ Show More

Mesquite Almanac

CategoryValue
County Dallas County
Standard Zip Codes75149, 75150, 75181, 75182, 75180
P.O. Box Zip Codes75185, 75187
Phone Area Codes214,469,972
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude32.76
Approximate Longitude-96.59

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)

StationDALLAS LOVE AP
Distance15.7 miles
Jan Temp36 to 55 F
Apr Temp56 to 77 F
Jul Temp77 to 96 F
Oct Temp58 to 79 F
Annual Precip37 inches
StationLAVON DAM
Distance19.6 miles
Jan Temp31 to 53 F
Apr Temp51 to 75 F
Jul Temp71 to 94 F
Oct Temp53 to 78 F
Annual Precip40 inches
StationDALLAS-FT WORTH INTL AP
Distance26 miles
Jan Temp34 to 54 F
Apr Temp54 to 76 F
Jul Temp75 to 95 F
Oct Temp56 to 78 F
Annual Precip34.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Balch Springs25,043$43,261
Combine2,008$73,105
Forney16,842$89,830
Heath7,992$156,227
Seagoville15,701$44,781
Sunnyvale5,871$126,707

Mesquite Public Libraries

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

library logo

More Information for Librarians

Mesquite Hospitals

Mesquite Specialty Hospital
(Proprietary)
1024 North Galloway Avenue
Mesquite Rehabilitation Hospital
(Proprietary)
1023 North Belt Line Road
Dallas Regional Medical Center
(Proprietary)
1011 North Galloway Avenue

Mesquite Public Schools

Agnew Middle
729 Wilkinson Dr
ZIP: 75149
(972) 882-5750
Middle
Total Enrollment 745
Black El
328 E Newsom St
ZIP: 75149
(972) 882-7240
Primary
Total Enrollment 608
Galloway El
200 Clary Dr
ZIP: 75149
(972) 882-5101
Primary
Total Enrollment 749
Hanby El
912 Cascade St
ZIP: 75149
(972) 882-5040
Primary
Total Enrollment 998
Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy Mesquite
790 Windbell Cir
ZIP: 75149
(469) 206-2220
Other
Total Enrollment 528
Mcwhorter El
1700 Hickory Tree Rd
ZIP: 75149
(972) 882-7020
Primary
Total Enrollment 907
Mesquite H S
300 E Davis St
ZIP: 75149
(972) 882-7800
High
Total Enrollment 2851
Moss El
1208 New Market Rd
ZIP: 75149
(972) 882-7130
Primary
Total Enrollment 504
Rugel El
2701 Sybil Dr
ZIP: 75149
(972) 882-7260
Primary
Total Enrollment 476
Rutherford El
1607 Sierra Dr
ZIP: 75149
(972) 290-4060
Primary
Total Enrollment 499
Seabourn El
2300 Sandy Ln
ZIP: 75149
(972) 882-7040
Primary
Total Enrollment 561
Smith El
2300 Mesquite Valley Rd
ZIP: 75149
(972) 882-7080
Primary
Total Enrollment 477
Tisinger El
1701 Hillcrest St
ZIP: 75149
(972) 882-5120
Primary
Total Enrollment 872
West Mesquite H S
2500 Memorial Pkwy
ZIP: 75149
(972) 882-7600
High
Total Enrollment 1935
Wilkinson Middle
2100 Crest Park Dr
ZIP: 75149
(972) 882-5950
Middle
Total Enrollment 928
Austin El
3020 Poteet Dr
ZIP: 75150
(972) 882-7220
Primary
Total Enrollment 474
Beasley El
919 Green Canyon Dr
ZIP: 75150
(972) 882-5160
Primary
Total Enrollment 466
Cannaday El
2701 Chisolm Tr
ZIP: 75150
(972) 882-5060
Primary
Total Enrollment 534
Florence El
4621 Gleneagle St
ZIP: 75150
(972) 290-4080
Primary
Total Enrollment 611
Kimball El
4010 Coryell Way
ZIP: 75150
(972) 290-4120
Primary
Total Enrollment 303
Kimbrough Middle
3900 N Galloway Ave
ZIP: 75150
(972) 882-5900
Middle
Total Enrollment 846
Lawrence El
3811 Richman Dr
ZIP: 75150
(972) 882-7000
Primary
Total Enrollment 438
Mcdonald Middle
2930 Town E Blvd
ZIP: 75150
(972) 882-5700
Middle
Total Enrollment 1024
Mckenzie El
3535 Stephens Green
ZIP: 75150
(972) 882-5140
Primary
Total Enrollment 572
Mesquite Academy
2704 Motley
ZIP: 75150
(972) 882-7570
High
Total Enrollment 190
Motley El
3719 Moon Dr
ZIP: 75150
(972) 882-5080
Primary
Total Enrollment 523
North Mesquite H S
18201 Lbj Fwy
ZIP: 75150
(972) 882-7900
High
Total Enrollment 2754
Porter El
517 Via Avenida
ZIP: 75150
(972) 290-4000
Primary
Total Enrollment 599
Poteet H S
3300 Poteet Dr
ZIP: 75150
(972) 882-5300
High
Total Enrollment 1743
Range El
2600 Bamboo St
ZIP: 75150
(972) 882-5180
Primary
Total Enrollment 571
Shands El
4836 Shands Dr
ZIP: 75150
(972) 290-4020
Primary
Total Enrollment 898
Shaw El
707 Purple Sage Trl
ZIP: 75150
(972) 882-7060
Primary
Total Enrollment 851
Tosch El
2424 Larchmont Dr
ZIP: 75150
(972) 882-5000
Primary
Total Enrollment 833
Vanston Middle
3230 Karla Dr
ZIP: 75150
(972) 882-5801
Middle
Total Enrollment 788
Achziger El
3300 Ridgeranch Rd
ZIP: 75181
(972) 290-4180
Primary
Total Enrollment 914
Berry Middle
2675 Bear Dr
ZIP: 75181
(972) 882-5850
Middle
Total Enrollment 910
Gentry El
1901 Twin Oaks Dr
ZIP: 75181
(972) 290-4140
Primary
Total Enrollment 820
Horn H S
3300 E Cartwright Rd
ZIP: 75181
(972) 882-5200
High
Total Enrollment 2284
New Middle
3700 S Beltline Rd
ZIP: 75181
(972) 882-5600
Middle
Total Enrollment 1120
Pirrung El
1500 Creek Vly
ZIP: 75181
(972) 882-7170
Primary
Total Enrollment 473
Terry Middle
2351 Edwards Church Rd
ZIP: 75181
(972) 882-5650
Middle
Total Enrollment 821
Thompson El
2525 Helen Ln
ZIP: 75181
(972) 882-7190
Primary
Total Enrollment 569

Mesquite Private Schools

C P Preparatory School
603 S Bryan Belt Line Rd
ZIP: 75149
Elementary
Total Enrollment 27
Little Red Schoolhouse
412 S Bryan Belt Line Rd
ZIP: 75149
Elementary
Total Enrollment 47
Meadow Oaks Academy
1412 S Belt Line Rd
ZIP: 75149
Elementary
Total Enrollment 115
Mesquite Baptist Academy
1212 S Belt Line Rd
ZIP: 75149
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 83
Appleseed Academy
1019 Tripp Rd
ZIP: 75150
Elementary
Total Enrollment 23
Dallas Christian School
1515 Republic Pkwy
ZIP: 75150
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 556
Sources :
Additional Details
Mesquite Colleges
Mesquite colleges and trade schools.
Mesquite Graduate Schools
Mesquite Graduate and Business Schools
Study Online in Mesquite
Additional Resources
Info for Mesquite Government Officials


Are you an official in the Mesquite government or quasi-government agency such as the chamber of commerce, visitors bureau or economic development council? If so, visit our information page for government officials to see how CityTownInfo can support you.