Life in Mesa, Arizona

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Are you thinking of moving or relocating to Mesa, Arizona? Would you like to know what the quality of life is like living in Mesa?
Charles Langat reports in this review:
WeatherHow much crime?What are the neighborhoods like?What are the people like?
Mesa has a predominantly hot and dry weather. Generally, summers are very hot and sultry with temperatures soaring to a high of 107 'F while winters are mildly cold with temperatures dropping to a low of 0 'F (−18 'C
The crime rate in Hispanic neighborhoods of Mesa is high and the worst often involve violence towards children. Border-crossing immigrants are almost everywhere and for the most part, keep the town's sheriff busy.Gilbert District and Peoria are decent and safer places to live and so is the South East Mesa area. I wouldn't advise you to venture north of Baseline road or to the East of Signal Butteand. Broadway, University, and Dobson have some of the worst neighborhoods; rundown and insecure. As for homes, there is a mixture of homes, but certainly not the best options. Don't set your bar too high, you'll be sourly disappointed.
Mesa is a predominantly Whites' City. Whites average 77% of the population while Hispanics and Blacks constitute 26% and 5%respectively. There are also pockets of Native Americans(2.4%) and minority Asians who account for 1.9% of the population. Communities revolve around Faith and Ethnic backgrounds. It's not advisable to venture into a territory where you'll feel alienated.
Mesa isn't a great place to raise a young family or for allergic folks, the heat is cruel. You won't thrive if here if you are a party beast. Mesa doesn't have active party scenes or the best recreation facilities. The laid back, and slow-paced City is a good place for folks who love summers and bright skies.
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The shopping area in Mesa is pretty decent, though not great compared to Scottsdale. Shopping malls and retail centers dot almost every part of the city. Temple Marketplace and the San Tan Village a great place to start your shopping rendezvous.I'd recommend Rancho de Tia Rosa,India Oven,and Landmark Restaurant anytimeMore tax dollars should be spent on education because it's really not one of the best performing cities academically.Let me be downright honest with you, Mesa isn't great for singles. The City is conservative. If you're bold enough, you can get a date, but if you're afraid, you'd better hook up with singles via dating sites like
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Boeing has an installation here. So, you should expect disturbance.Mesa is a smaller close-knit city compared to its bigger neighbor and livelier Phoenix. On the brighter side, the rents, water, and electricity bills are generally lower than Prescott and the public transport system fairly well-organized. All in all, is a great place for outdoor activities. Except for the stultifying heat and traffic gridlock, the cost of living is lower and compensates for whatever else the city may not offer you. Overally, I believe Scottsdale and Phoenix have trendier homes, great restaurant, and shopping places than Mesa.Mesa has a few hospitals. The notable ones here are Arizona Joint and Spine Hospital, Banner Heart Hospital, Mountain Vista Medical Center.Mesa has several attractions. Red Mountain Park is a great attraction in Mesa. The sprawling 2,280 acres of parkland comprises a lake, a basketball court, playgrounds, and a cement volleyball court. Grand Canyon is a moment's drive away. You will find more satisfaction venturing outdoors than going shopping.
General comments   
Mesa is a little slow-paced, ultra-conserved city tucked away in a valley. It lacks diversity and has no downtown or center. Streets are for the most part straight, wide, and grid-patterned. Mesa has a decent transport system, but there is just too much traffic and no good alternative. City is kept clean for the most part. On the downside, summers are cruelly hot and the city gets insanely dusty pretty much throughout the year.   
Mesa, Arizona population: 439041

How many black people live in Mesa? How many white people?
Number of White People338591Percentage of White people77.1%
Number of Black People19591Percentage of Black people4.5%
Number of Hispanic People119530Percentage of Hispanic people27.2%
Number of Asian People14643Percentage of Asian people3.3%
Number of American Indian People14041Percentage of American Indian people3.2%

Note: Numbers may add up to >100% because some people are more than one race.

Mesa, Arizona

Percent college grads: 23.5%
Percent grad school grads: 7.8%
Unemployment rate: 6.9
Median house value: 200300
Median income: 50079

How many singles in Mesa?

Single men ages 20-34Single women ages 20-34Ratio of single men to women age
34342252681.36men for each woman
Single men ages 35-44Single women ages 35-44Ratio of single men to women age
10861103361.05men for each woman
Single men ages 45-54Single women ages 45-54Ratio of single men to women age
927899390.93men for each woman

Crimes in Mesa, Arizona
CrimesAbsolute numbersAverage percentage chance of being a victim in
by typeof crimesOne YearFive Years
Aggr. Assault11400%1%
Auto Theft10070%1%

Weather History for Mesa, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona Basic Temperatue and Weather (30 year averages)
MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year000000736958166
Realistic temperatures, taking into account precipitation, amount of sunlight during the day, winds during the day, and humidity during hot days.

MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year000000179761190

How many hot humid days a year does Mesa, Arizona have?
How many cloudy days a year does Mesa, Arizona have?
How many sunny days a year does Mesa, Arizona have? How sunny is it?
How many windy days a year does Mesa, Arizona have? How windy is it?
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MonthNumber of hot, humid daysNumber of very windy daysNumber of windy daysNumber of somewhat windy daysNumber of calm daysNumber of clear daysNumber of moderately cloudly daysNumber of somewhat cloudy daysNumber of very cloudy days
Average year00038327187528435

(Note: Humidity, wind, and cloudcover information is based on (a) 30 year averages and in many cases (b) a large nearby weather station. If you're in an area with a lot of "micro climates" actual conditions may vary.)

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Sources of information: Census, FBI Crime Statistics, NOAA
Disclaimer: The information presented here are for the general population, assume the same rate of crime in the future, and an evenly distributed amount of crime throughout the city in question. They are not meant to accurately predict whether one person in particular will be a victim of crime. Percentages are based on the population of the city/town in question, except for burglaries, which are based on the number of households.