Mesa, AZ

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Mesa, AZ

About Mesa, AZ

Mesa, Arizona is a vibrant city filled with activities and attractions for all ages. Visit the Arizona Museum of Natural History or take in a show at the Hohokam Stadium. Head out to Usery Mountain Regional Park and explore some of the most stunning views in Arizona, or stay downtown and experience Mesa's culture and nightlife. Whether you're looking for outdoor recreation, history, culture, or just a relaxing retreat from city life, Mesa is sure to provide it all! Regional center / Capital city - South-central Arizona in a low desert valley.

Location Details

State: Arizona
County: Maricopa County
Metro Area: Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler Metro Area
City: Mesa
Zip Codes: 85204, 85201, 85207, 85205, 85209, 85210, 85202, 85203, 85208, 85206, 14 total
Cost of Living: 13.0% higher
Time zone: Mountain Standard Time (no daylight savings time)
Elevation: 1107 ft above sea level
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Phoenix, Arizona, is a lively city with a story that stretches back thousands of years. Long ago, Native American tribes like the Hohokam lived here, creating an impressive irrigation system. Fast forward to the 19th century, Phoenix blossomed from a farming community into a bustling city, thanks to the railroad. Now, it stands as the fifth-largest city in the U.S., attracting folks from all walks of life.

Geographically, Phoenix sits in the Sonoran Desert, surrounded by a stunning landscape of mountains and deserts, iconic for its saguaro cacti and beautiful sunsets. The nearby Superstition Mountains and Tonto National Forest offer great spots for hiking, camping, and boating, making it a paradise for those who love the outdoors.

The economy in Phoenix is strong and varied, featuring sectors like healthcare, education, technology, and tourism. This growth has brought many job opportunities, making it an attractive place for professionals. Plus, living here is relatively affordable compared to other big cities, with plenty of housing options available.

When it comes to politics, Phoenix presents a mixed bag. The city itself leans more liberal, while the surrounding areas tend to be more conservative. Arizona is often seen as a swing state, showing a balanced divide between the two major political parties during elections.

Life in Phoenix is never dull, thanks to its vibrant arts scene, sports teams (go Suns and Diamondbacks!), and numerous parks and hiking trails. The city also hosts various festivals and events throughout the year, celebrating its diverse culture and delicious cuisine.

New residents should be ready for the hot desert climate. Summers here can get extremely hot, with temperatures soaring above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It's important to stay hydrated and take steps to prevent heat-related illnesses. Also, keep in mind the monsoon season, which can bring heavy rains and dust storms during the summer months.

In summary, living in Phoenix offers a unique mix of natural beauty, economic opportunities, and a lively lifestyle. Whether you're into outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or looking for a thriving job market, Phoenix has something for everyone.

Mesa Cost of Living

Pleasant winters, entertainment, and air service make Mesa a great place to live.

+20.6% higher than avg
-5.0% lower than avg
$1,127 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-1.9% lower than avg
Mesa Crime
37.6 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Mesa
   Pleasant winters
Intense summer heat
Growth and sprawl
   Air service
Rapidly rising home prices
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Mesa is a really good city despite some trouble with Superstition Springs and the failure that is Fiesta Mall, there is nice areas throughout and some areas that need to  More

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Over 1 years ago

As someone who was born in Mesa and has lived here in the 85210 in Dobson Ranch for the last 13 years after moving out from Chandler. I can tell you that most of the  More

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I’m a native to Arizona and growing up here has taught me that people just don’t care, and the Mormon community is huge! It’s normal in the state of AZ for kids to start  More

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