Mesa 77 Exceptional
Mesa Livability #36 ranked city in Arizona#5,084 ranked city in the USARanks better than 82% of areas
A+ Mesa Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Mesa Cost of Living Cost of living is 5% lower than Arizona
964% less expensive than the US average
1011% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Mesa cost of living
C Mesa Crime Total crime is 18% lower than Arizona
Total crime
2,2185% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 465% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-1%Year over year crime is down
Mesa crime
D+ Mesa Employment Household income is 1% lower than Arizona
Median household income
$50,6159% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$25,66914% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%8% lower than the US average
Mesa employment
B Mesa Housing Home value is 5% lower than Arizona
Median home value
$168,5009% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$9074% lower than the US average
Home ownership
60%5% lower than the US average
Mesa real estate or Mesa rentals
C- Mesa Schools HS graduation rate is 2% higher than Arizona
High school grad. rates
84%1% higher than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
30:190% higher than the US average
Mesa K-12 schools
C- Mesa User Ratings There are a total of 42 ratings in Mesa
Overall user rating
61% 42 total ratings
User reviews rating
48% 9 total reviews
User surveys rating
70% 33 total surveys
all Mesa poll results

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      Living in Mesa, AZ

      Mesa, Arizona is a large city with a population of 470,456 people. Mesa has a population density of 3,409 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. The majority of Mesa residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Mesa are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 17% of the population also speak Spanish. Mesa is known to be family friendly as more than 73% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 62% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

      Are you trying to decide if living in Mesa is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a good experience before relocating to any new city in Arizona, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. The best areas in Mesa and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, education, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Arizona and national averages.

      The livability score in Mesa is 77/100 and the city is ranked in the 88th percentile of all cities across America. Pack your bags! This is a very high score in comparison to other US cities. Living in Mesa could be a great choice! If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Mesa has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+), weather (B+) and housing (B). The bad news for Mesa, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: education (F).

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Mesa has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Salt River Tubing, Mesa Arts Center, and Golfland Sunsplash.

      Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in Mesa can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category.

      Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Mesa. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Mesa are affordable. Median real estate prices in Mesa come in at $168,500, which is 4.7% lower than the Arizona average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Mesa, the home price to income ratio is 3.3, which is 5.7% lower than the Arizona average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Mesa area were 7.6% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8.4%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

      Mesa transportation information

      Average one way commute25min25min26min
      Workers who drive to work76.9%76.7%76.4%
      Workers who carpool11.3%10.9%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit2.3%2.0%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.9%1.0%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.5%2.0%2.8%
      Working from home5.3%5.7%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Mesa, AZ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).