Your Mesa Moving Guide
Founded on: July 17, 1878
Population: Approx. 453,000 people
Mesa, AZ may be the 39th largest city in the United States, but in many ways, it's more like a giant suburb of Phoenix. Located only 20 miles from Phoenix, Mesa offers a quick commute to this business hub and a plethora of affordable, family-friendly neighborhoods to choose from. If you're moving to Mesa you'll be able to enjoy the close proximity to Arizona's largest city while taking advantage of the city's laid-back environment and convenient shopping opportunities. Here are some things that you may want to know before moving to Mesa.
- Arizona doesn't have a movers association, so you'll have to check with the Better Business Bureau for a complete review of your favored Mesa movers. Make sure to ask about at least 3 Mesa moving companies so that you'll be able to compare services and prices effectively. Of course, you can also inquire about Phoenix movers, though these options may be more expensive than moving companies based in Mesa.
- Mesa is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. (Consequently, you should be able to hire Mesa movers who have experience moving to the area. Don't take a chance on those who are unfamiliar with the neighborhood).
- Mesa is thought of to be divided into eastern and western sections, with the aptly named Center Street dividing them.
- Mesa was originally settled by Mormons and it still has a sizable LDS presence in the city.
- There are 477 distinct neighborhoods within Mesa's city limits.
- Housing in Mesa is slightly cheaper than housing in Phoenix. The average price of a 1-bedroom rental in Mesa is about $550/month. 3+ bedroom rentals cost an average of $968/month.
- The median price for a home in Mesa is $175,000.
- Mesa has extremely strict anti-smoking laws. Smoking is prohibited within 15 feet of most public buildings.
- Mesa is located within Maricopa County. Sales tax in the county is 8.35% (6.6% is state sales tax, the remainder is the local sales tax), which is slightly higher than the general sales tax in the country because the city imposes its own local sales tax.
- Mesa ranked 3rd in Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live" survey in 2006.
- Mesa has a relatively low crime rate as compared with other large cities, and its crime rate is markedly lower than the overall crime rate in Phoenix.
- The METRO light rail system currently serves West Mesa only, but convenient commuting can also be done via bus or car.
- Mesa receives extremely little rain each year, so you shouldn't be convinced by your Mesa movers to pack unnecessary rain gear.
- Likewise, Mesa is a warm, desert city and you won't need a full winter wardrobe when you move to Mesa.
- People in Mesa are known for being extremely friendly and welcoming, so don't hesitate to ask your neighbors for guidance when you arrive. You'll be amazed at how much easier it is to acclimate to a new city when you've got a friend!