Mesa, AZ

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Population

496,395

2.43% growth

Median Age

35.6


Median Household Income

$55,014

5% growth

Poverty Rate

15.8%


Number of Employees

236,504

3.42% growth

Median Property Value

$224,700

7.51% growth

About

In 2017, Mesa, AZ had a population of 496k people with a median age of 35.6 and a median household income of $55,014. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Mesa, AZ grew from 484,622 to 496,395, a 2.43% increase and its median household income grew from $52,393 to $55,014, a 5% increase.

The population of Mesa, AZ is 61.3% White Alone, 28.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 3.67% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Mesa, AZ speak a non-English language, and 92.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Mesa, AZ are Mesa Community College (4,511 degrees awarded in 2016), Arizona State University-Polytechnic (918 degrees), and Pima Medical Institute-Mesa (833 degrees).

The median property value in Mesa, AZ is $224,700, and the homeownership rate is 61.6%. Most people in Mesa, AZ commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Mesa, AZ is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Mesa, AZ employs 237k people. The largest industries in Mesa, AZ are Health Care & Social Assistance (29,940 people), Retail Trade (29,921 people), and Construction (20,754 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($76,230), Utilities ($70,808), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($61,317).

Median household income in Mesa, AZ is $55,014. Males in Mesa, AZ have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $47,801. The income inequality in Mesa, AZ (measured using the Gini index) is 0.469, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$55,014

2017 value

± $2,863

5%

1 Year Growth

± 5.55%

Households in Mesa, AZ have a median annual income of $55,014, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $52,393 in 2016, which represents a 5% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,465

Average Male Salary

± $1,374

$47,801

Average Female Salary

± $1,063

In 2017, full-time male employees in Mesa, AZ made 1.31 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $61,841 ± $4,776

  2. White

    $50,906 ± $930

  3. Alaska Native

    $42,076 ± $20,594

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Mesa, AZ workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.21 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Mesa, AZ is from Arizona.

0.469

2017 Wage GINI

0.473

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Arizona was 0.469 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.923% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Arizona was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Arizona in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Arizona across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 4207.05

  2. Census Tract 4201.07

  3. Census Tract 4203.04

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Mesa, AZ was Census Tract 4207.05 with a value of $140,893, followed by Census Tract 4201.07 and Census Tract 4203.04, with respective values of $128,523 and $122,000.

The following map shows all of the places in Mesa, AZ colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Mesa, AZ (75.4k out of 476k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 25 - 34 and then Females 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    57,350 ± 1,710

  2. Hispanic

    35,142 ± 1,439

  3. Other

    6,570 ± 655

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Mesa, AZ is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

237k

2017 Value

± 8,256

3.42%

1 Year growth

± 4.79%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Mesa, AZ grew at a rate of 3.42%, from 229k employees to 237k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Mesa, AZ, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (14,612 people), Customer Service Representatives (10,466 people), and Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (7,315 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Mesa, AZ.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Mesa, AZ, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (14,612 people), Customer Service Representatives (10,466 people), and Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (7,315 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Mesa, AZ has an unusually high number of residents working as Customer Service Representatives (2.3 times higher than expected), Other Healthcare Support Occupations (1.96 times), and Drafters, Engineering, & Mapping Technicians (1.9 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Mesa, AZ, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($72,852), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($72,015), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($71,295).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

237k

2017 Value

± 8,256

3.42%

1 Year growth

± 4.79%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Mesa, AZ grew at a rate of 3.42%, from 229k employees to 237k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Mesa, AZ, are Health Care & Social Assistance (29,940 people), Retail Trade (29,921 people), and Construction (20,754 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Mesa, AZ, though some of these residents may live in Mesa, AZ and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Mesa, AZ, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (29,940 people), Retail Trade (29,921 people), and Construction (20,754 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Mesa, AZ has an unusually high number of Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.59 times higher than expected), Construction (1.35 times), and Finance & Insurance (1.26 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Mesa, AZ, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($76,230), Utilities ($70,808), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($61,317).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Arizona to other states, or from other states to Arizona.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $23.6B

  2. $20.7B

  3. $16.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Arizona product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $23.6B, followed by Mixed freight with $20.7B and Electronics and $16.4B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Arizona products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$158B

2015 Value

$290B

Projected 2045 Value

83.3% growth

In 2015, total outbound Arizona trade was $158B. This is expected to increase 83.3% to $290B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Arizona trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Arizona to other states, or from other states to Arizona.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $21.9B

  2. $8.27B

  3. $4.07B

In 2015, the top outbound Arizona domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was California with $21.9B, followed by Texas with $8.27B and New Mexico and $4.07B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Arizona shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

87.4% of the population of Mesa, AZ has health coverage, with 44.2% on employee plans, 18.1% on Medicaid, 11.4% on Medicare, 12.3% on non-group plans, and 1.37% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Mesa, AZ was $6,452 in 2014. This is a 3.03% increase from the previous year ($6,262).

Primary care physicians in Mesa, AZ see 1519 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.198% increase from the previous year (1516 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1660 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 820 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, La Paz County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.9%). Additionally, Apache County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1519 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Arizona see an average of 1519 patients per year. This represents a 0.198% increase from the previous year (1516 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$6,452

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,035

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,032

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,096

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Arizona (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.03%, from $6,262 to $6,452.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

12.6%

Uninsured

44.2%

Employer Coverage

18.1%

Medicaid

11.4%

Medicare

12.3%

Non-Group

1.37%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Mesa, AZ grew by 9.58% from 11.5% to 12.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Mesa, AZ changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14.9% prevalence

  2. 14.3% prevalence

  3. 13.1% prevalence

La Paz County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Arizona, at 14.9%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Arizona by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Mesa, AZ is home to a population of 496k people, from which 92.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 11.7% of Mesa, AZ residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Mesa, AZ is composed of 304k White Alone residents (61.3%), 141k Hispanic or Latino residents (28.3%), 18.2k Black or African American Alone residents (3.67%), 13.2k Two or More Races residents (2.65%), 9.98k Asian Alone residents (2.01%), 8.34k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (1.68%), 1.26k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.254%), and 630 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.127%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Mesa, AZ are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

34

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.1

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Mesa, AZ was 35.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 34, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Mesa, AZ are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Mesa, AZ residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

11.7%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

11.6%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 11.7% of Mesa, AZ residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Mesa, AZ was 11.6%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    503,579 ± 16,786 people

  2. India

    47,415 ± 5,328 people

  3. Canada

    42,280 ± 5,033 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Mesa, AZ was Mexico, the natal country of 503,579 Mesa, AZ residents, followed by India with 47,415 and Canada with 42,280.

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Citizenship

92.4%

2017 Citizenship

91.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 92.4% of Mesa, AZ residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Mesa, AZ was 91.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    304k ± 8.47k

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    141k ± 11.1k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    18.2k ± 4.02k

In 2017, there were 2.16 times more White Alone residents (304k people) in Mesa, AZ than any other race or ethnicity. There were 141k Hispanic or Latino and 18.2k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Mesa, AZ as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Mesa, AZ citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.5%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Mesa, AZ was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Mesa, AZ are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    9,791 ± 1,293

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    5,623 ± 1,358

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    3,955 ± 904

Mesa, AZ has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.74 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Mesa, AZ awarded 7,289 degrees. The student population of Mesa, AZ is skewed towards women, with 13,534 male students and 13,906 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Mesa, AZ are White (3,862 and 54.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,671 and 23.4%), Black or African American (368 and 5.16%), and Unknown (368 and 5.16%).

The largest universities in Mesa, AZ by number of degrees awarded are Mesa Community College (4,511 and 61.9%), Arizona State University-Polytechnic (918 and 12.6%), and Pima Medical Institute-Mesa (833 and 11.4%).

The most popular majors in Mesa, AZ are Liberal Arts & Sciences (2,166 and 29.7%), Medical Assistant (440 and 6.04%), and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT Paramedic) (358 and 4.91%).

The median tuition costs in Mesa, AZ are $25,450 for private four year colleges, and $6,330 and $16,230 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 225 degrees awarded

  2. 187 degrees awarded

  3. 1,036 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Mesa, AZ was Registered Nursing with 225 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Mesa, AZ according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 4,511 degrees awarded

  2. 918 degrees awarded

  3. 833 degrees awarded

$6,330

Median In-State Public

$25,450

Median Private

In 2016, the Mesa, AZ institution with the largest number of graduating students was Mesa Community College with 4,511 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,137

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,152

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 3,137 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Mesa, AZ, which is 0.756 times less than the 4,152 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,862 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,671 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    368 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Mesa, AZ were to White students. These 3,862 degrees mean that there were 2.31 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,671 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Mesa, AZ was $224,700 in 2017, which is 1.03 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $209,000 to $224,700, a 7.51% increase. The homeownership rate in Mesa, AZ is 61.6%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Mesa, AZ have an average commute time of 23.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Mesa, AZ is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$55,014

Median Household Income

± $2,863

177k

Number of Households

± 6,553

In 2017, the median household income of the 177k households in Mesa, AZ grew to $55,014 from the previous year's value of $52,393.

The following chart displays the households in Mesa, AZ distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$224,700

2017 Median

± $4,320

$209,000

2016 Median

± $4,888

In 2017, the median property value in Mesa, AZ grew to to $224,700 from the previous year's value of $209,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Mesa, AZ compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Mesa, AZ the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Mesa, AZ distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Mesa, AZ the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

61.6%

2017 Homeownership

59.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 61.6% of the housing units in Mesa, AZ were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 59.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Mesa, AZ compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Mesa, AZ distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Mesa, AZ have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

23.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Mesa, AZ have a shorter commute time (23.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.13% of the workforce in Mesa, AZ have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    75.4%

  2. Carpooled

    12.3%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.49%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Mesa, AZ was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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