Mesa is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona and part of the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale Metropolitan Area. It is the third-largest city in Arizona, after Phoenix and Tucson.
Mesa is one of the United States' fastest-growing cities, and currently ranks as the 38th-largest.
The 2006 US Census estimated the city's population to be 447,541.
It has a larger population than better-known United States cities (minus their suburban areas) such as Cleveland, St. Louis, Oakland, Miami, and Pittsburgh.
Mesa is the most populous suburban city in the United States, and second most populous suburban city in North America, after Mississauga, Ontario.
When Mesa reaches build-out the city is expected to have a population of about 630,000.
The first settlers in Mesa were probably the Hohokam, who constructed canal systems to make living on the arid land possible. Their probable ancestors, remain in the area.
Much later, Spanish missionaries and soldiers traveled through the area.
Several groups of Latter Day Saints pioneers settled nearby.
Eventually, residents from other areas of the Phoenix valley moved into Mesa and the population grew on its own.
The city spreads over a mesa or plateau that stands about one hundred feet higher than Phoenix. Thus, the name given to it by its Mormon settlers.
Have a look at the great attractions in the Mesa, Arizona area that you can visit. Get creative at an interactive children's art venue, or see a Broadway play.
Carved from the surrounding rugged desert terrain are some of Arizona's finest golf courses. Many of the most renowned are located in or around Mesa. You'll have your choice from over 40 golf courses within a half-hour drive from downtown Mesa.
Info from Mesa CVB
Enjoy Mesa's natural desert beauty by hiking its many trails and parks or getting in gear on rugged biking trails.
Crowded cities and busy roads seem miles away when you paddle down one of the Mesa area's four refreshing mountain lakes and two rivers. Swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, and river rafting can be enjoyed in Mesa almost every day of the year.
Thinking of doing some shopping in Mesa? Here are some great places to check out!
Mesa is the home of the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball team during Spring Training. Check out their training facility Hohokam Stadium
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Almost all of the city of Mesa is served by public schools operated by Mesa Public Schools; however, a small southern portion is served by the Gilbert Public Schools, and a small western portion is served by the Tempe Elementary School District and the Tempe Union High School District.
Arizona's largest school district with 74,000 students in a suburban, residential community that's supportive of education.
Air service in the city is provided by two airports.
Falcon Field, located in the northeastern part of the city.
Public transportation is provided by Valley Metro
with buses running Monday through Saturday only. Mesa will eventually be connected in the Valley Metro Rail
light rail project in 2008.
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