Mesa, Arizona is located just southeast of Phoenix and boasts a population of over 452,084 residents. Mesa is Arizona’s 3rd largest city, and is home to a wide variety of large industrial companies ranging from manufacturing, tourism, agricultural, and commercial companies. Seven of the top 500 manufacturers listed in Fortune Magazine are based here.

The history of Mesa dates back two thousand years to the Hohokam Indians. The Hohokam, whose name means the Departed Ones, built the original canal system that spread over 125 miles and is still used today.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,817, and the median income for a family was $49,232. Males had a median income of $35,960 versus $27,005 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,601. About 6.2% of families and 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.7% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.