11 Communities in Mesa
Mesa is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona located about 20 miles east of Phoenix. It’s the largest suburban city by population in the United States. Best known for being in the Sonoran Desert, residents are able to see the rust colored mountains while golfing and shopping.
Climate & Geography
Mesa has a hot desert climate since it is located in the Sonoran Desert. That includes mild winters and very hot summers. The average high is low 100s in July and the average low is low 40s in December. The average annual precipitation is 9.29 inches.
There are rust colored peaks of the Big Horn, Gila and Superstition Mountains include boulders, shrubs, and saguaro cactus.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Residents like to catch a game at Hohokam Stadium, the spring training home for the Oakland Athletics. The Mesa Arts Center has popular exhibits worth checking out. Mesa is also home to numerous championship golf courses such as Mesa Country Club, Longbow Golf Club, and Superstition Springs Golf Club. The Mesa Riverview is a new outdoor retail center to get your shopping done under the always shining sun.
Cost of Living & Taxes
Mesa’s median home price is just way above the nation’s median. Out of state pensions are fully taxable, and most military and government pensions are exempt up to $2,500. Social Security income is exempt. Sales tax rates are generally at 5.6 percent. Certain property tax protection is available for residents over the age of 65.
There are eight hospitals and medical centers in Mesa. They are Arizona Spine and Joint Hospital, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of East Valley, Banner Baywood Medical Center, Banner Heart Hospital, Hacienda Children’s Hospital, Banner Desert Medical Center, Cardon Children’s Medical Center, and Mountain Vista Medical Center. Arizona Spine and Joint Hospital is ranked High Performing in Hip Replacement.
Banner Baywood Medical Center is ranked High Performing in Colon Cancer Surgery, Knee Replacement, and Heart Failure. Banner Heart Hospital is ranked High Performing in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair and Heart Failure. Banner Desert Medical Center ranked High Performing in COPD, Colon Cancer Surgery, Heart Failure, and Knee Replacement. Mercy Gilbert Medical Center is ranked High Performing in COPD, Heart Failure, Hip Replacement, and Knee Replacement.