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Mesa, from Orange Trees to homes, airports, and a lot of growth
Mesa is the third largest city in Arizona, and the 43rd largest in the U.S . In 1876 Daniel Webster Jones led a colonizing party into Arizona and settled in the Lehi area, an area that is now north Mesa. He had been asked by Mormon Church leaders to lead the group.
Another group of Mormon settlers (First Mesa Company, 85 members), arrived and settled just south of Lehi area. In 1878 they registered the one square mile they called the Town Center. The town itself was called Mesa City. The first school opened in 1879, and in 1883 the 300 residents incorporated the town of Mesa. Falcon Field and Williams Air Force Base were built in 1941 to provide training for WWII pilots.
Up to 1960, over half of Mesa’s residents earned their living through agriculture, but that changed during the 1960’s and 1970’s as more industry arrived. Mesa’s population grew from 152,404 in 1980, to 288.091 in 1990, and by 2003 was over 440,000! Mesa is the spring training Home of the Chicago Cubs. Williams Air Force Base is now a commercial airport, the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport with scheduled airline service and plans for it to be a secondary airport to Sky Harbor. Boeing manufacturers the Apache helicopters for the military at its Mesa plant just north of Falcon Field (former Hughes/McDonnell Douglas plant).
Mesa was home to fields and fields of orange trees, which are being sold to developers to build new home communities. A new (2012) 3,200 acre Master Planned Community called Eastmark is being built out of the old General Motors proving grounds in Mesa. It is centered near Gateway Airport and one of the ASU Campuses. DMB is the develolper and won an Arizona Planning Association award for its design. They are marketing it as “SynchroniCity”, where they bring everything together in one area! Grand opening is set for May 2013!
August 2015 NEWS from Money Magazine!
Mesa is one of the best places to live, according to Money magazine, which released its annual rankings this week, the East Valley city and third-largest Arizona city was dubbed the best big city in the Southwest by the publication.
“There are bigger cities in Arizona (Phoenix and Tucson) and bigger golf meccas too (Scottsdale),” Money writes. “Mesa can hold its own in both categories, and it beats them all in one key way – it’s a great, affordable city for raising a family.”
Housing in Mesa also received a mention. The city’s prices are up 5.1 percent in the past year compared to 3.9 percent for the state, though Mesa remains an affordable place to buy a home. Its median home price is $172,500.
Cooling off at Mesa Sunsplash…..
By the Numbers
136 – Square miles
464,704 – 2014 population
3,217 – people/sq mile
26 – percent under 18
32.4 – median age
One of Mesa’s golf courses….
Current Mesa Real Estate Market Information