Mesa : Arizona


What It Is Like to Retire in Mesa

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 504,258 (2020 Census), 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.


Where to Retire in Mesa and Home Prices

There are many active adult communities in Mesa (see link at left).
The National Association of Realtors reports the median sale price in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area to be $474,500 in the1st quarter of 2022, which shows a 27% rise in prices from just a year earlier.


What Is Special about Mesa

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.


What Is Not Special about Mesa

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.


Who Will Like Retirement in Mesa

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.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Construction, accomodations and food service.


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.


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.


Mesa's crime rate is below the national average.


Medical Facilities

The Phoenix metro has access to every kind of health care facility.


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.


Valuable Links

Visit Mesa

Arizona retirement guide
Mesa entry from Wikipedia


What people are saying about Mesa

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