Mesa Travel Guide

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Mesa Overview

Mesa is close to the valley and is mostly housing, restaurants, and a little shopping. Mesa has a small old dowtown that hosts art festivals and other town events that are always fun. The town is inbetween Tempe and Apache Junction and close to the airport and downtown Phoenix.

The housing is less expensive than other parts of town. The town has many parks, dog parks, and older areas.

Mesa is one of the United States' fastest-growing cities, and currently ranks as the 38th-largest. 2006 Census Bureau estimates put the city's population at 447,541.[1].

The city has a larger population than better-known United States cities such as Cleveland, Miami, Minneapolis, Saint Louis, or Saint Paul. Mesa is the most populous suburban city in the United States; in North America, only suburban Mississauga, Ontario is larger. When Mesa reaches build-out the city is expected to have a population exceeding 630,000.[2]

Although it has a large population, Mesa is a "bedroom community." Neighborhoods across the city are diverse — some areas have experienced urban blight, while others contain elaborate custom homes.

Mesa was founded in January 1878 by Mormon (Latter-day Saint or LDS) pioneers and its population is still roughly one-tenth Mormon. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints operates one of its oldest temples in Mesa (the Mesa Arizona Temple), and the city is a hub for Latter-day Saints residing in the Phoenix Metro area.

Mesa is a nice city smaller and less hassels than Phoenix. Mesa has nice suburbs and plenty of good restaurants and hotels.

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