2010: 439,041, #38 in U.S., #3 in Arizona

1950: 16,790

Mesa is in the Phoenix Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Mesa, founded in 1878 by Mormon pioneers, was named for the mesa on which it is located. It was mainly an agricultural community until the population exploded in recent decades. In 2008 the city of Mesa annexed five square miles in an area southeast of the existing city. A new city center is planned there.


Tallest building: Financial Plaza, 224 feet, southwest of downtown (1985)


Mesa has no downtown department stores.


Mesa has no Amtrak service. Valley Metro Rail opened a light-rail line from Phoenix to Mesa in 2008.



Mesa Bank Building and Mesa Arts Center


The Arizona Museum of Natural History and the i.d.e.a. Museum  are in downtown Mesa. Mesa Contemporary Arts is in the Mesa Arts Center.


Mesa has no downtown movie theaters. The Symphony of the Southwest plays at the Mesa Arts Center Ikeda Theater (2005). 


Hohokam Stadium, north of downtown, hosts spring training games of the Oakland A's. Sloan Park (2015) hosts spring training games of the Chicago Cubs.

Map of Downtown Mesa

Downtown Mesa Association