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Mesa is a city in Maricopa County, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metro area.
So-named because the city sits on a plateau overlooking the Valley of the Sun
The latitude of Mesa is 33.422N. The longitude is -111.821W.
It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,240 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 432,376.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Mesa demographic reports
Mesa is on the Salt River
Former and merged names include:
· Mesa City
Early settlers included the Hohokam Indians, and later Mormons trying to escape persecution
Site of Guinness World Record for "Longest Leap in a Monster Truck," achieved in 1998 by Richard Presley, who jumped 141 feet, 10 inches
Public transportation: Valley Metro (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 2,346. The number of murders and homicides was 14. The violent crime rate was 5.4 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1992 movie, "Wayne's World"
· 1989 movie, "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure"
· 2007 movie, "The Kingdom"
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Gloria Jean's, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Scottish Highland Games - Feb. 24-25, 2007
Dates often change. Check Mesa web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Mesa Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation:
Canyon Lake, Lost Dutchman State Park
Sports teams: Solar Sox (minor league baseball), AZL Angels (minor league baseball), AZL Cubs (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Arizona Museum for Youth, Mesa Southwest Museum, Champlin Fighter Museum, Mesa Historical Museum
Colleges and universities:
Arizona State University -- East Campus, Mesa Community College, Arizona Institute of Business and Technology, Pima Medical Institute, Aztech College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 87
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Ancestry & family history
16% of Mesa residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Mesa ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Mesa was $19,601, compared with $21,587 nationally.
22% of Mesa residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Mesa festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Scottish Highland Games - F
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Mesa include Evergreen Historic District, Temple Historic District, West Second Street Historic District, Wilbur Street Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Mesa, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $588. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,048.
Libraries in Mesa include City of Mesa Library, Dobson Ranch Branch Library, East Mesa Regional Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Mesa include East Valley Tribune
TV stations in Mesa include KPNX.
Maricopa County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Mesa political report.
The average commute time for Mesa workers is 26 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 97 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Mesa between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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