6 Communities in Mesquite
Mesquite is a small town in Nevada between Las Vegas and St. George. Surrounded by national parks and monuments, it is a favored destination for retirees seeking the great outdoors. Its year-round warmth, numerous golf courses, and proximity to the shopping in St. George make Mesquite a popular city for active adults.
Climate & Geography
Located on the border of Arizona in Southern Nevada, Mesquite is in the northeastern Mojave Desert. Its climate is typical of the desert: long, hot, and dry summers with cool winters. Unlike nearby Las Vegas, Mesquite does not experience the urban heat island effect, making nighttime temperatures in the summer more comfortable, but winters generally colder. Residents can expect very little rain, no snow, and about 294 days of sun each year.
The city lies adjacent to the Virgin Mountains near the southern mouth of the Virgin River George. Interstate 15 passes through the city, with direct access to Las Vegas to the southwest and St. George to the northeast.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Mesquite is a haven for active adults seeking outdoor recreation. Whitney Pockets and Little Finland are smaller walking trails with a variety of unique rock formations. Larger hiking trails are close by, including the 300,000 acres at Gold Butte National Monument, straight south of the city. Surrounding the Gold Butte area are Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument.
Golfers have plenty of choices when it comes to courses. Mesquite is home to many clubs, including the Wolf Creek Golf Club, the No. 3 course in Nevada, where players can enjoy scenic red rock formations throughout the 18 holes. Other courses include Conestoga Golf Club, Coyote Springs Golf Clubs, Falcon Ridge Golf Club, CasaBlanca Golf Club, and The Palms Golf Club.
Other popular destinations in Mesquite include the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery and the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum. Large-scale shopping, restaurants, and farmers markets can be found nearby in St. George.
Cost of Living & Taxes
Mesquite’s cost of living is just above the national average, but below Nevada’s average. Housing is the biggest cost, followed by transportation. Other indexes like groceries, health care, and utilities are all below average.
Nevada imposes no state income tax, making it very tax friendly for retirees with any form of retirement income. Property taxes in the state are low, but Mesquite’s combined sales tax of 8.25 percent is very high. Major costs like groceries and prescription medication are not taxed.
Gallup’s Well-Being Index ranks Nevada as one of the top 19 states, scoring well in the social factor of the index.
Mesquite has one local hospital, Mesa View Regional Hospital. The nearest U.S. News rated high performing hospital, Dixie Regional Medical Center, is 35 miles away in St. George, Utah.