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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Mesa, Arizona

Warm and scenic, Mesa is a fast growing southern college town 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 a lot more interesting than many of the other big Phoenix suburbs. It has more of a youthful and cosmopolitan feel.

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 $450,400 in the 4th quarter of 2022.

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.

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.

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