Mesa : Arizona

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What Mesa is like for active adults

Mesa is a fast growing southern suburb of Phoenix, Arizona.  Originally founded by the Latter Day Saints (Mormons), about 10% of the population is Mormon today. This college town (the Polytechnic campus of Arizona State University, East and Mesa Community College) of 450,000 is located near the amazing Superstition Mountains.  It is the 3rd largest city in Arizona.
In our opinion Mesa is less attractive than its near neighbor, Tempe, which is home to Arizona State University.

Photo of downtown Mesa courtesy of and per license of Wikipedia and Ixnayonthetimmay.

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

There are many active adult communities in Mesa (see link at right).
The National Association of Realtors reports the median sale price in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area to be $194,300 in the first quarter of 2014.

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What is special about this retirement community

The scenery and outdoor recreation near Mesa is suburb, although the feel of the town is suburban. The Chicago Cubs conduct spring training in Mesa. There are 2 large malls in town that offer many attractions besides shopping, the Fiesta Mall and the newer Superstition Springs Center in East Mesa.

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What is not special about this retirement community

Mesa is extremely hot in the summer and there is quite a bit of urban sprawl. Mesa in below average in walkability when compared to other cities.

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What kinds of people like retiring here
People who want to live in the desert near Phoenix, but not necessarily in the classic suburbs will like it in Mesa. It tends to be more interesting than a lot of other towns near Phoenix, with an interesting mix of people and ages.
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Local economy is driven by

Construction, accomodations and food service

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Climate and Physical Environment

Mesa is in southern Arizona about 24 miles south of Phoenix.  It is located near the Superstition Mountains in one of the world's largest deserts. January temperatures tend to be in the 50's, with July temperatures in the 90's.

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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Mesa Art Center, Mesa Amphitheatre, Arizona Museum of Natural History, other museums, and attractions from the 2 colleges contribute to the local cultural scene. Nearby Phoenix and Tempe offer more.
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Crime

Mesa's crime rate is below the national average.

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Medical facilities
The Phoenix metro has access to every kind of health care facility
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Transportation

Mesa has access to a light rail system and bus system. The Sky Harbor Airport is close by.  Mesa is below average in walkability when compared to other cities.

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Valuable Links
Arizona retirement guide
Mesa entry from Wikipedia
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Facts about MESA
  • State: AZ
  • Environment: Suburban,College Town,Desert,Outdoor Oriented,RV Community,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: Boomer1

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1. Rating: 3.3/5 ( 6 votes cast)

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2. Rating: 2.3/5 ( 3 votes cast)

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4. Rating: 4.0/5 ( 2 votes cast)

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7. Rating: 2.8/5 ( 6 votes cast)

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8. Rating: 5.0/5 ( 1 vote cast)

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9. Rating: 1.0/5 ( 4 votes cast)

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10. Rating: 3.0/5 ( 2 votes cast)