Mesa is a residential community southeast of Phoenix consisting of about 500,000 people. It covers about 133 square miles. Mesa was settled in 1877 at the direction of Brigham Young, leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
After the turn of the century a power plant was constructed and water was channeled to promote agriculture. In the 1940s Falcon Field and Williams Field were built and population increased during the war years. About eighty percent of the population is Caucasian and 20 percent ethnically and racially diverse.
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Mesa charges a sales or Transaction Privilege Tax of 2% which, when added to the 5.6% county tax totals 7.6% of taxable sales. Businesses must register and obtain a license to do business in the city. Property tax increases are limited to 1% of the property’s full value. The city does not impose an income tax.
Median income is about $43,000 per year.
Notable attractions include:
- Mesa Arizona Temple, a large LDS temple, where an Easter Pageant is held every spring (due to extensive renovations the Easter Pageant will not be held until at least 2020)
HoHoKam Park of the Cactus League, home of the Oakland Athletics and former home of the Chicago Cubs during spring training, the WAC Baseball Tournament and former summer home to the now defunct Mesa Miners professional baseball team of the Golden Baseball League Sloan Park, opened in 2014 as the new Cactus League spring training home of the Chicago Cubs
Mesa Arts Center
i.d.e.a. Museum formerly Arizona Museum for Youth
Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aircraft Museum, located at Falcon Field – B-17 Sentimental Journey
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa Arts Center
Mesa Historical Museum
Mesa Grande Ruins
Park of the Canals
Golfland Sunsplash water park on U.S. 60
The only high-rise in Mesa is the Bank of America (formerly Western Savings) building near Fiesta Mall.
Organ Stop Pizza, containing the world's largest Wurlitzer organ
Elsie McCarthy Sensory Garden
Westgate Entertainment District
The city hosts Mesa Community College and the Polytechnic campus of Arizona State University lies in southeast Mesa.