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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  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 491,194. 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 highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$209,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$988
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
    230.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    47.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    82.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    309.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,504.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    170.9
    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
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    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
$54,700
National
$55,322
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Mesa, Arizona is an amazing city. It is the third largest city in the state. and is filled with museums, art work, hiking opportunities, and delicious food and drink. You may be in the middle of the desert, but Mesa even has two rivers!
Mesa has many attractions and provides many place's to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and places to visit for culture.

I have been impressed by the new light rail that has provided easier travel for commuters as well as boosting the local business profits. It is considered to be a positive addition to the city of Mesa.
Welcomed By Sculpture On The Streets, You might just see Humpty Dumpty or a mama bear waiting on a Mesa street corner. But don’t worry that you’re starting to hallucinate from the sweltering Arizona heat—they’re part of the 38 sculptures in the city’s Growing Permanent Sculpture Collection. Bring a map and find all of them.

Mesa has been amazing by pulling together thru this pandemic.
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I have just recently moved to Mesa to get closer to my school and work opportunities. I have been in Arizona for a good part of my life, and Mesa always seemed too far. Now I can't imagine going back to North Phoenix. The neighbors are friendly, and I have a nice neighborhood that I love to bike ride in! There is a lot of things and stores close by, which make life a lot easier. Being close to Tempe, makes for a great night life. And, Mesa has a lot of fun date activities like escape rooms, paddle boats, billiard rooms, etc. If I met someone who was looking to move to Mesa, I would tell them to take the jump! I would tell them this because, it is almost like a breath of fresh air and there is lots of different housing around and opportunities to get employment. We are also extremely close to lots of schools, which make it a great place for someone who is starting their education or looking to continue their education. Mesa has made a great home for me and my little family. Great place
Mesa is a small city located in the Maricopa County where the community is filled with friendly people. I have lived in Mesa my entire life and I am proud to call it my home. It is a great location as every corner has its own grocery store, recreational areas, and schools without the city getting overcrowded. Something I would change about Mesa is the amount homeless on the street. With the global pandemic, Covid-19, they are unable to find shelter and safety. Overall, my experience in Mesa has opened my eyes to seeing new places and I believe you will get the opportunity too!