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
|Population by Age|
|14 and under||21.1%|
|15 to 24||13.3%|
|25 to 44||26.8%|
|45 to 64||22.4%|
|Educational Attainment (Highest Level Completed)|
|High School Graduate||22.2%|
|Associates Degree or Higher||33.8%|
|Source: ESRI Community Analyst 2016|
Within a 30-minute drive of Mesa, there are approximately 550,000+ professionals; 42.2% (age 25+) with an associate’s degree or higher.
|High School Graduate||Some College||Associates Degree
|4-Year Graduation Rate|
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
- Mesa Community College: 22,711 students
- ASU Polytechnic Campus: 14,632
- East Valley Institute of Technology: 3,000
- Chandler-Gilbert Community College-Williams Campus: 2,125
- A.T. Still University: 1,230
- Northern Arizona University-Mesa: 1,682
- Benedictine University: 1,000 (projected by 2018)
- Upper Iowa University: 750 (projected by 2018)
- Wilkes University: 425 (projected by 2018)
- Other private and for-profit institutions include: Arizona College, Carrington College, DeVry University, Pima Medical Institute
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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