Best Cities 2010: Mesa, AZ

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Best Cities 2010: Mesa, AZ

Mesa’s sky is always sunny, with an average temperature of 86 degrees and an annual rainfall of only 10 inches

City: Mesa

State: Arizona

Best Cities Overall Rank: 62

About Mesa:

Mesa’s sky is always sunny, so bring the sunscreen for this city with an average temperature of 86 degrees and an annual rainfall of only 10 inches.

Mesa has an average travel time to work of only 26 minutes and an unemployment rate of 9.2 percent.

County: Maricopa

Population: 463552

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitors’ bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: East Valley Tribune 

Mesa blogs:

Notes from the Edge

EV Moms

Ed Xtra

Mesa‘s Facebook page: Follow Mesa on Facebook 

Mesa‘s Twitter page: Follow Mesa on Twitter 


Education rank: 90

High School graduation rate 2008: 81%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 4

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.86

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 16

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 3.45

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 258

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 19.2

Total Expenditures Per Student: $8,008


Health rank: 94

Quality children’s hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.22

Quality Pediatricians: 0

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 3.33


Safety rank: 5

Violent Crimes, 2008: 2289

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 493.79

Sex Offenders: 256

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 55.23


Economy rank: 78           

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 26             

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 9.2           

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 952.96

Median Home Sale Price: $146,200                         

5-Year Home Value Index: -5.18%                         

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 45.23%           


Recreation Rank: 83 

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 2,619           

Parkland per 100,000: 564.99