Mesa is located about 20 miles east of Phoenix, Arizona. It is surrounded by Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert and Apache Junction. The area covered by the city is 133.13 sq. miles. It is the third largest city in Arizona. The city’s population is 471,825 people. The median resident age is 28.1 years. English and Spanish are the major languages spoken. Around 39.01% of the total population are religious, which the majority of them practice Christianity.
Almost all of the city of Mesa is served by public schools operated by Mesa Public Schools; however, a small portion is served by the Gilbert Public Schools, and a small portion is served by the Tempe Elementary School District and the Tempe Union High School District. As far as secondary education is concerned, Mesa community college is known to be one of the largest community colleges in the state. Thousands of engineering students are enrolled in the Polytechnic campus of Arizona State University, Mesa. Several other state-of-the art institutions are serving in the region that includes A.T.Still University, CAE Global Academy, and campuses of Albright College, Benedictine University and Wilkes University.
The per capita income in Mesa is $19,601 that is 35% lower than the state income per capita. The median household income is $42,817. The economy of the city depends on health care services, mega stores, The Home depot, the fast food industry, aviation industry and the tourism industry. The unemployment rate is 5.10%, which is low compared to the state ratio. A noticeable thing is that the job growth rate has been predicted to increase 38.9% over the next ten years.
The Mesa administration offers incentives to the companies for their businesses in the city. Giant companies like Apple, Boeing, and Mitsubishi, MD Helicopters have their vast operations in the city. All of the business activities in the area is controlled by the office of Economic Development.