Located in hot and sunny Arizona, Mesa is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. It is the third largest city in Arizona, with a population of close to 440,000 residents. The city has the feel of a peaceful suburb, even though it is part of a vast metropolitan area that includes Phoenix, which is just 15 miles away. Mesa offers a wide range of outdoor activities, comfortable neighborhoods, business growth, and affordable housing for anyone looking to move to this desert city. And of course, this family-friendly city has plenty of newer shopping centers, including Dana Park Village Square, Mesa Riverview, and Superstition Springs Center, which is a major mall that brings in shoppers from all over the valley.
If you are interested in renting a home, it will cost you about $800 per month. Less than 31% of the residents rent homes. However, if you want to join the 69% of residents who own a home here, youre looking at an average cost of about $170,000. Thats not too bad for an area that is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. In fact, if you love warm weather and sunny skies, but want to avoid the high cost of living you'd find in California, Mesa is a great option. The vacancy rate is rather low at less than 5%. But in this growing city, it wont be too hard to find a home to buy, rent, or rent to own, since brand new homes and neighborhoods are still being built. You'd be in good company since there has been a 14% increase in the population of this city since 2000.
Mesa has seen tremendous growth in recent years. There are a number of large corporations that employ a great number of people. The largest include Mesa Public Schools, which employs 9,500 people, and Banner Health, which counts on its 8,650 employees to help operate several hospitals and clinics here. Other employers that have a few thousand employees each include Boeing, Wal-Mart, and Mesa Community College, which is the largest community college in Maricopa County. So if you have some skills in the education, health, retail, or aerospace fields, finding a job in Mesa should be possible.
Since Mesa is so spread out, most residents prefer to drive their vehicles to around the city, which is common in Arizona. There are a number of freeways that can take you through Mesa and to the surrounding areas. The mostly commonly used freeways in and near Mesa include the US 60, Loop 101, and Loop 202. The city of Phoenix also features the Metro Light Rail system, which is a passenger train station that goes through much of Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, and other nearby areas. But one of the best things about many of the neighborhoods and the city in general is the ability to walk around. In fact, Mesa has been listed as one of the top 50 walkable cities in America, so if you love to walk, you will enjoy living here. Just make sure you avoid doing so during the summer, when temperatures easily surpass 100 degrees!
Like many cities in the west, Mesa is spread out. The city is divided between East and West Mesa. Here are some examples of the neighborhoods you will find in this city.
Lehi: This is a suburban community made up of mostly single and multifamily homes. Most of the homes are owner occupied, and the vacancy rate of this area is less than 10%. Lehi is known for its nice homes and quiet streets.
Rancho de Arboleda: This is an urban area made up of single and multifamily homes. Most residents here are college students who can walk to and from Mesa Community College and other schools in this area. The vacancy rate is not bad at 10 percent, which means it should not be too hard for you to find a home here.
Eagle Crest: This is fairly affluent suburban area. Most of the residents are professionals who live in single family and multifamily homes. The area is quiet, safe, and ideal for residents who want to walk or take a pleasant bike ride around their Mesa neighborhood.
Central Mesa: Another walkable area is the central part of the city. Like many city centers, this area is quite urban and is within a short walk of plenty of grocery stores, gyms, fast food restaurants, and schools. You'll find some older houses and lots of apartments here.
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