Mesa, AZ

Mesa profile

Living in Mesa

Mesa is a very large city located in the state of Arizona. With a population of 504,258 people and 131 constituent neighborhoods, Mesa is the third largest community in Arizona.

Mesa is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Mesa is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mesa who work in office and administrative support (14.67%), sales jobs (10.54%), and management occupations (9.10%).

Also of interest is that Mesa has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Mesa telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.12% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Mesa is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Mesa. This makes Mesa a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Mesa presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

Mesa is one of the most car-oriented large cities in America. A full 80.71% of people drive their car alone to work each day. If you like to drive, you'll love it. And you better. Because walking to work is just not a viable option for most people who live in Mesa. Highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers are part of the common Mesa landscape.

The percentage of people in Mesa who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 28.07% of adults in Mesa have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Mesa in 2018 was $30,903, which is upper middle income relative to Arizona and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $123,612 for a family of four. However, Mesa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Mesa is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Mesa home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Mesa residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Mesa also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 27.61% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Mesa include German, English, Irish, Italian, and European.

The most common language spoken in Mesa is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Native American languages.