Mesa is a suburb located approximately 20 miles east of Phoenix in the East Valley.  Mesa is the 3rd largest city in Arizona and the largest suburban city by population in the US.  It’s history dates back at least 2,000 years with the arrival of the Hohokam people.  The Hohokam built the original canal system which runs hundreds of miles and still used today.  After the disappearance of the Hohokam, not much is known about the area until the late 19th century when the settlers arrived.  Mesa was founded in 1878 and on July 17, 1878, it was registered as a 1 square mile town-site.   The opening of Falcon Field and Williams Field in the early 1940’s, drew more military personnel into Mesa.  Early aerospace companies also grew in the 50’s and 60’s and in the late 60’s, half of the residents of Mesa made a living with agriculture.  Since then, the city has declined substantially with agriculture as Mesa’s suburban growth continued with the rest of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

In West Mesa, the Valley Metro Light Rail makes it easy to hop on board and explore everything to see and do in Downtown Mesa, Tempe, and Downtown Phoenix.  Mesa is close to 2 major airports: Phoenix Sky Harbor International and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway.  Falcon Field Airport is another option for private or corporate flights to and from Mesa.  Numerous golf courses, hiking trails, museums, parks, native culture, and entertainment gives one plenty to do in Mesa.

Approximate Population: 509,000 +

Top companies/employers: Banner Health System; Mesa Public Schools; Boeing; City of Mesa; Walmart

Median household income: $52k

Airports: Phoenix Sky Harbor International; Falcon Field Municipal; Phoenix-Mesa Gateway

Things to do:

  • Mesa Art Center
  • Mesa Grande Ruins
  • Sloan Park (Cubs Spring Training)
  • Mesa Amphitheatre
  • Golfland Sunsplash park
  • Orange Park
  • Rose Garden at MCC
  • Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona
  • Arizona Museum of Natural History
  • Rockin’ R Ranch
  • Brinton Desert Botanical Garden
  • Usery Mountain Park
  • Salt Water Tubing
  • The Desert Belle Tour Boat
  • National Comedy Theatre
  • 2nd Friday Out

Annual Events:

  • Mesa Film Festival
  • Distributor to Dealer Show
  • Taiyou Con Anime Convention