Mesquite : Nevada

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What it's Like to Retire in Mesquite

Mesquite is an extremely popular retirement town in southeastern Nevada, almost in Arizona and Utah. Mesquite was originally settled by Mormons as a farming community in the Virgin River Valley. Casinos arrived here in the 1970's. The town markets itself as a low key alternative to Las Vegas. The population increased over 80% between 2000 and 2009 (to about 18,000). The median age is 39, a few years higher than the Nevada average. The picture above is of the famous Wolf Creek Golf Course. Photo of City Hall courtesy of Wikipedia and Stan Shebs.

Where to Retire in Mesquite and Home Prices

There are many golf courses and retirement communities in or around Mesquite.  Zillow reports the median listing price to be $237,000 in late 2016. There are many active adult communities from which to choose.


What is special about Mesquite

Very popular retirement town with many places to live. Nice Nevada climate. Several casinos and resort golf courses. Mesquite is in the process of building the largest non professional sports venue in the country,the Mesquite Sports and Event Complex. This is a big deal which will provide additional activities. The town has a recreation complex and several parks. Mesquite is considered to be a very walkable community when compared to other towns.


What is not special about Mesquite

A somewhat remote spot at Nevada's southern tip. Very hot in summer.


Who will like retirement in Mesquite

Active adults who like living in the outdoors and who are a bit adventurous. Also, people attracted to life in 55+ and active adult communities will find many great alternatives in Mesquite. It is not for city people.

Local economy is driven by

Tourism, gambling, construction, retirees fuel the Mesquite NV economy. It is expected the new health center and sports center will provide new employment in healthcare and sports management.


Climate and Physical Environment

Mesquite is in the southeastern corner of Nevada, close to Arizona and Utah.  It is a hot, desert environment with nearby mountains. Average January temperatures are in the 40's, average July temperature is in the high 80's.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The casinos and resorts provide most of the local culture


The crime rate in Mesquite is about half the national average.


Medical facilities

The Mesa View Regional Medical Center is a new facility that is very close to the new Sun City Mesquite.  It is a comprehensive center accepting most insurances.  They are on target to open a 3rd floor as Sun City grows. Las Vegas is about 80 miles away.



Interstate 15 runs through town on its way from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles.  St. George is the nearest airport (40 miles), although Mesquite has a general aviation airport.  There is a shuttle 3 times/day  to and from the various hotels to the airport in Las Vegas.  It is very reasonable.


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Facts about MESQUITE
  • State: NV
  • Environment: Suburban,Desert,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • 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: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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