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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
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A-
Mesa is a city in Arizona with a population of 470,456. Mesa is in Maricopa County and is one of the best places to live in Arizona. Living in Mesa offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Mesa there are a lot of 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
$168,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$907
National
$949
Area Feel
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
    274
    283
  • Murder
    4
    6
  • Rape
    51
    41
  • Robbery
    94
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    408
    500
  • Theft
    1,757
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    180
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$50,615
National
$55,322
Children
20%
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%

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Mesa Reviews

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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!
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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!
Lived in Mesa, AZ between 2002-2010. I attended elementary, junior high, and high school in the central/east area of the city. Public transportation was excellent, I always commuted using the city bus. There are many new restaurants and shopping centers surrounding the area, as well as parks and recreation centers. Before I left out of state I noticed the potential Mesa, Arizona has to offer, the city keeps growing! Overall my experience being a resident was great, I would definitely recommend Mesa a city to live in, whether you are seeking to buy a house and raise a family, or a young college student looking for new and adventurous experiences in this valley of the sun.