Population: 143,771Median home value: $112,400 78 Ranks better than 91% of areas
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A- Mesquite Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B- Mesquite Cost of Living Cost of living is 2% higher than Texas
937% less expensive than the US average
919% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Mesquite cost of living
F Mesquite Crime Total crime is 36% higher than Texas
Total crime
4,07248% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2548% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-7%Year over year crime is down
Mesquite crime
D Mesquite Employment Household income is 7% lower than Texas
Median household income
$50,8048% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$21,83727% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%1% higher than the US average
Mesquite employment
A- Mesquite Housing Home value is 21% lower than Texas
Median home value
$112,40039% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$9773% higher than the US average
Home ownership
57%10% lower than the US average
Mesquite real estate or Mesquite rentals
A- Mesquite Schools HS graduation rate is 3% lower than Texas
High school grad. rates
76%9% lower than the US average
School test scores
72%46% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:11% higher than the US average
Mesquite K-12 schools or Mesquite colleges

Living in Mesquite, TX

Mesquite, Texas is a medium-sized city with a population of 143,771 people. In Mesquite, there are 3,047 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (66% White). Given that fact, Mesquite could be considered less diverse than other cities. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Mesquite are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 31% of the population also speak Spanish. The median age of all Mesquite residents is 32, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles.

Living in Mesquite can be a good experience for anyone relocating to the town. Having said that, in the state of Texas, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! To help you find the best places to live in and around Mesquite, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like cost of living, education, employment, housing and more.

Mesquite has a livability score of 78 out of 100 and is ranked #506 in Texas and #2,571 in the USA. Pack your bags! This is a very high score in comparison to other US cities. Living in Mesquite could be a great choice! Another exciting tidbit, is that Mesquite ranks better than 90% of all US cities! Based on the grades for each individual category, Mesquite has received high marks for amenities (A-), cost of living (B-), weather (B-), education (A-) and housing (A-). Unfortunately for Mesquite, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F) and employment (D).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Mesquite, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

The average school test scores in Mesquite are 72%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in Mesquite 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.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Mesquite is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Mesquite come in at $112,400, which is 21.2% lower than the Texas average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Mesquite, the home price to income ratio is 2.2, which is 15.4% lower than the Texas average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Mesquite area were 12.6% and 5 year appreciation rates were 12%.

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Compare Mesquite, TX Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Mesquite, TX

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Oakridge, Garland8413.13,126
Coomer Creek, Garland8412.86,363
Brentwood Place, Garland8313.7334
Arts District, Dallas8212.3581
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Buckingham North, Garland8212.3669
Northeast Garland, Garland8112.31,479
The Enclave, Garland8113.1170
Dalcastle And Linda Heights, Garland807.8797

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PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
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Keller, TX9238.744,250
Coppell, TX9127.140,631
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Plano, TX9118.9279,088
Bedford, TX9032.248,864
McKinney, TX9030.4156,821
Carrollton, TX9023.8129,266
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A City That Overlooks Big Problems

The City of Mesquite, TX has a big problem with overlooking serious problems involving safety of the roads and drunk drivers.
There has been numerous accidents and property damage at the corner of Motley and Oates. On this corner sits a apartment complex that has seen far too many accidents to count. These accidents have resulted in damages to landscaping, buildings, signs, fences and vehicles. There are no safety prevention barriers along the sides of the streets here.
The accidents are mainly due to this street being a curve that drivers feel they can speed around with no consequences. When it rains it makes a recipe for disaster. Drivers slide, spin and bounce off curbs and over medians. Some fly into the parking lot of the apartments. Even when there has not been rain there are drivers going way over the speed limit and have lost control of their vehicles. Resulting in more damages to property.
Now add in drunk drivers that miss the curve completely and run into the apartment complex resulting in major damages in all of the above mentioned - apartment building hit, vehicles hit resulting in total loss and signs and landscape plowed over and torn up. NOT ONE OF THESE DRUNK DRIVERS WERE ARRESTED! Police responded but no arrests were ever made even though the driver was obviously drunk.
So what actually does warrant the City of Mesquite to do something about this ongoing problem? Does someone need to die? Is it just the police do not want any extra paper work or are they just bad at their job? Does the City of Mesquite just not want the expense of taking safety measures?
The City of Mesquite shows no concern for it's tax payers and no intention of addressing possible life threatening problems. Complete failures!
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I have been in many towns in the USA. And Mesquite has a terrible problem with the state of the roads. It will appear that the city government of Mesquite does not care enough about road conditions.
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Mesquite, TX - The best city in Texas

My experience with Mesquite, TX took place in the form of a two week business stay in early 2009. My first impressions were good and they were further reinforced by friends who live in Mesquite.

I never expected too much going to the city of Mesquite, TX since I have always found cities in Texas to be very bland and almost desert like. My judgmental opinion may have got the best of me since Mesquite is truly a wonderful little city. I was greeted by friendly individuals, nice clean streets lined with green grass and more than enough options for restaurants, bars & shopping.

Friends who live in Mesquite have commented on the excellent school systems and strong community. I can't comment on the schools but the community appears to be very clean and friendly. There are plenty of shopping in Mesquite from a large mall down to novelty shops.

There are plenty of good dining opportunities from larger chains to small and delicious local restaurants. The nightlife was rather bland with mostly small, local bars. I heard talk of some bigger clubs but never came across a single one in Mesquite. I did notice an abundance of "hiring" signs which is definitely a good thing for residents in need of work!
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Source: The Mesquite, TX data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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