Arizona's Third Largest City!

Located in Maricopa County and just 15 miles east of Phoenix, Mesa covers 132 square miles, is the third largest city in Arizona and the 36th largest city in the nation.

The City provides the advantages of a thriving metropolis while maintaining the feel of a suburban environment. 

With dynamic recreational, educational and business opportunities, Mesa enjoys the best in a variety of amenities including parks within easy walking distance from home, a variety of sports facilities that cater to athletes young and old, highly rated golf courses for every skill level, a diversity of special events and community festivals, and Mesa’s ever-popular Chicago Cubs and Oakland A’s Spring Training baseball.

With a population of nearly 500,000, Mesa, Arizona is the 36th largest city in the United States and second largest in the Phoenix-Mesa metro area and is larger than Miami, Minneapolis, Atlanta and St. Louis.  Mesa encompasses 138 square miles (357 square kilometers) inside a 21-city region that has a population of 4.3 million people, and is projected to grow to 6 million by 2030. 

2016 Estimate 475,274
2021 Projection 506,663
Growth 2010-2020 11.1%
2016 Estimate 177,960
2021 Projection 185,097
Population by Age  
14 and under 21.1%
15 to 24 13.3%
25 to 44 26.8%
45 to 64 22.4%
65+ 16.3%
Median Age 35.7


Educational Attainment (Highest Level Completed)
High School Graduate 22.2%
Some College 27.1%
Associates Degree or Higher 33.8%
Household Income  
Median $49,453
Average $65,418
Source: ESRI Community Analyst 2016

Educational Attainment
Within a 30-minute drive of Mesa, there are approximately 550,000+ professionals; 42.2% (age 25+) with an associate’s degree or higher.

 Educational Attainment 
  High School Graduate Some College  Associates Degree 
or Higher
 Mesa 22.87 26.36 34.24
 Phx-Mesa metro 20.47 24.09 38.33
 Arizona 20.90 24.76 36.40
 U.S. 23.58 21.03 38.20


 4-Year Graduation Rate
 Mesa  76.3%
 Arizona  75.76%
 U.S.  82.3%

Arizona Department of Education, US Department of Education, 2016 
Mesa Public Schools 
US & AZ Rate

Higher Education
Mesa is home to an impressive array of top-rated educational institutions and collaborative partnerships that focus on producing a workforce that is not only technologically prepared, but also possesses a strong work ethic. Included are the following:

K-12 System
In Mesa, the focus of K-12 education is “choice.”  Both public and private schools offer an array of educational options for primary and secondary students.

The K-12 education system in Mesa includes public, as well as a number of private and parochial school systems. Charter schools, magnet schools, international baccalaureate programs, numerous parochial, Montessori, and other options typify Mesa’s commitment to education. 

In 2011, Mesa Public Schools and Gilbert Public Schools received a “Gold Medal” designation in the Education Quotient (EQ) Ratings, which is published annually in Expansion Management magazine. The Gold Medal is the highest award given, a distinction that only 16 percent of the school districts evaluated receive.

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