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About Mesa, Arizona

Mesa Arizona PhotoThe Largest Suburban City
in the United States

Mesa, Arizona, a city found in Maricopa County, has a population of 437,454 according to a 2004 census estimate. Mesa is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, and is known as the largest suburban city in the nation. Settled by Mormon pioneers, modern Mesa was founded in 1878.

Main Attractions for Residents and Tourists

Mesa has much to offer from golf, hiking, fishing, horseback riding and hot air balloon rides to jeep and hummer tours, museums and theaters. There is a wide variety of attractions to satisfy folks who like the rough terrain as well as those who enjoy the fine arts. Outdoor fun for the family might include taking a walk through the Park of the Canals, which features the ancient Hohokum Indian canal system dating back to 700 B.C. There's also a lovely botanical garden at the park.

Located nearby Mesa is the world-famous Superstition Mountains where many still search for the "Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine". For water recreation enthusiasts, just outside Mesa is Canyon Lake, Saguaro Lake, the Verde River and the Salt River which is popular for river-tubing. If you enjoy wagering and Las Vegas style entertainment, several Native American casinos are also located nearby Mesa.

For an interesting tour of Mesa's history, visitors will enjoy a visit to the Arizona Temple Visitor's Center, located north of the Mormon Temple. The center has statues, paintings, gardens, and during Christmas and Easter there's a brilliant light display and reenactments.

Kids (young and old) love Jeepers, the indoor amusement park in Mesa filled with fun for the family such as rides, games, bowling and more. USA Skateland is also located in Mesa, where kids can enjoy roller skating or in-line skating.

It's only a fifteen minute drive to Phoenix from Mesa. In Phoenix, there are also many attractions and sites to see such as the Desert Botanical Garden, the Phoenix Museum of History or the Art Museum, and the Arizona Science Center. Phoenix also offers some great restaurants, nightclubs, events and don't forget shopping for the ladies!

Special Events in Mesa

The Arizona Renaissance Faire features medieval arts, an outdoor circus and crafts. The Faire occurs between early February and early April on weekends each year. There's also the Annual Great Southwest Rubber Stamp Fall Fiesta, which takes place in early March and features refreshments, door prizes, many stamp vendors and booths. In March, many sports fans flock to watch the Chicago Cubs train at Hohokam Park. July vacationers enjoy Mesa's Annual Independence Day Celebration, which includes a firework display, music and activities for children.

Living and Working in Mesa

Mesa is a fabulous place to live and offers quality neighborhoods, friendly people and an overall great urban experience. There are 76 schools in Mesa along with several colleges and specialty schools. Apollo College, Arizona State University East and De-Vry University are located in Mesa.

People love living in Mesa because of its beauty, variety of housing choices and a great community atmosphere. And it's close to Phoenix, where even more opportunities await.

Whether moving to Mesa or just visiting, there's something fun, interesting and exciting for the entire family.

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