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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
Mesa is a city in Arizona with a population of 479,317. Mesa is in Maricopa County and is one of the best places to live in Arizona. Living in Mesa offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Mesa there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Mesa and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Mesa are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$187,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$943
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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Mesa Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    267.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    51.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    92.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    381.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,610.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    179.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Mesa

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$52,155
National
$55,322
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Mesa Reviews

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I have lived in Mesa for most of my life and I still live there to this day! Mesa is a fun and interactive place with many things to do for people who like to be in a relaxed environment in which they can move at their own pace. The only thing that I would be interested in seeing changed would be an increase in nightlife and night activities. Other than that, Mesa is a safe and quiet place to live in with a broad diversity in cultures and experiences!
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I like living in Mesa. It is family friendly. You need to look for your location because some of the neighborhoods are in decay. You can go a mile and find another area that is great. Look around. Many places to shop and things to do. Several museums and a new beautiful concert location. My favorite place is the Mesa Temple. It is currently undergoing restoration and I look forward to seeing it again in a couple of years. Don't like that so many streets are under construction at all times, it seems. Other than that, I love so many of the people I have met!
Mesa is a wonderful little city that has been my home for the past 4 years. It has such a historic feel to it, especially in the northern parts. However, the city is constantly striving to re-vamp and improve the streets / parks / community, which is not found in all the cities that you find across our lovely desert state. I am super blessed to consider myself a Mesa resident, and truly look forward to the changes for the better than are continuing to come!