Best Places to Live

Mesa, AZ

Population: 511,334
Photo Courtesy of Visit Mesa

If you want a base camp that promises an endless number of adventures, Mesa hits a home run as one of The Top 100 Best Places to Live. Scoring high in amenities, housing and infrastructure, this city is close to the Usery Mountain Regional Park, has miles of hiking paths and a vibrant arts and culture scene.

Bikers enjoy the city’s extensive bike routes designed for commuters. And if baseball is your thing, Mesa is good enough for the Cubs, so it’s likely to be perfect for you.

Local Obsession: The Cubs spring training games at Sloan Park

Climate Described in 6 Words Or Less: You’ll need to invest in AC.

Top Industries and Employers: The top industries in Mesa are health care and social assistance, retail trade and educational services. The top employers are Banner Health System, Mesa Public Schools and Boeing.

Local Dream Job: Club manager at one of Mesa’s many gorgeous golf courses

Quintessential Meal: Mesa has incredible Mexican food. Enjoy an authentic plate of chili relleno at Salsa Cabana Mexican Grill.

Favorite Weekend Activity: Head to The Historic Nile Theater in Downtown Mesa and catch a show.

After-Work Meetup Spot: The Cider Corps, located in historic downtown Mesa. Try their Lady “in pink” Liberty!

Best Brewery/Local Beer: Located in Downtown Mesa, Desert Eagle Brewing serves handcrafted brews and made-from-scratch bites.

Beloved Bookstore: You’ll find wall-to-wall comics along with toys and video games at Gotham City Comics.

Free Way to Have Fun: Stay cool and enjoy water sports at one of the nearby lakes (Apache Lake, Canyon Lake, Roosevelt Lake and Saguaro Lake) or the Salt River.

Hidden Gem: Worth Takeaway. Grab an Italian Grinder at this fantastic, locally-owned sandwich shop in Downtown Mesa.

- Annette Benedetti

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“You can’t beat the outdoor adventure and activity options around Mesa. In the winter, I hike the surrounding mountains and snowboard up north. In the summer, I head to one of the nearby lakes — Saguaro Lake or Canyon Lake — for wakeboarding or paddleboarding.”

Sarah Williams
Co-owner of Arizona Goat Yoga

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