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Mesa, Arizona - Basic Facts

The City of Mesa is the 3rd largest city in Arizona with a population of 462,376 as of July 1, 2015. Mesa ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Arizona. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Mesa is located at latitude 33.4019 and longitude -111.7174 in Maricopa County. The formal boundaries for the City of Mesa (see map below) encompass a land area of 137.6 sq. miles and a water area of 0.76 sq. miles. Maricopa County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 1,240 feet.

The City of Mesa (GNIS ID: 2411087) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Arizona is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Mesa is located within Phoenix Division of Maricopa County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Mesa population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Mesa: Hayden, Mesa City, Zenos.

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Mesa, AZ Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 462,376
Population in Households 458,682
Population in Familes 365,621
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,694
Population Density1 3,389
Diversity Index2 66


Total Households 174,271
Average Household Size 2.63
Family Households 113,663
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 210,482 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 103,747 (49.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 70,524 (33.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 36,211 (17.2%)
Median Home Value $185,900
Average Home Value $231,994


Median Household Income $48,136
Average Household Income $64,480
Per Capita Income $24,485
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.99% 1.18%
Households 1.0% 1.21%
Families 0.82% 1.11%
Median Household Income   2.78%
Per Capita Income   2.7%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Mesa, AZ - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Mesa to the other 451 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Arizona by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 3 100th
Population Density1 # 14 97th
Diversity Index2 # 100 78th
Median Household Income # 89 80th
Per Capita Income # 96 79th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Arizona Census Data Comparison Tool.