Southeast Mesa, made up of Zip Codes 85212 and 85209, form a big piece of East Mesa. Mesa is the 39th largest city in the United States, larger than the cities of Atlanta, St. Louis, Miami, New Orleans, and Pittsburgh, and is the nation’s largest suburb. Covering a large area from Power and Southern to Meridian and Germann, the two zip codes contain more than 46 square miles and is home to more than 61,000 residents. Mesa is a destination of choice with more than 300 sun-filled days a year and an average temperature of 72.6 degrees.
Southeast Mesa is in a great location for enjoying the many outdoor activities Arizona has to offer.
Southeast Mesa is in close proximity to the Superstition Mountain Wilderness and Tonto National Forest. The Tonto National Forest border is only 9 mi away from the community. Great hiking and sightseeing opportunities await in this rugged terrain. Within 45 minutes, you can hike Peralta Trail. For all of your hard work you are rewarded with the view shown at left when you reach the top of the canyon!! Many other trails exist throughout the surrounding area.
In addition to hiking, an abundance of water sport activities exist nearby. Yes, there is water in the desert. Go tubing, kayaking, or fishing for trout on the Salt River. See magnificent vistas, wild horses, and enjoy the sunshine and cool clear water. Salt River access is only 14 mi/25 min away from the community.
Fun with water in the desert isn’t limited to the Salt River. The Salt River is a major water source for Phoenix. It drains the White Mountain area in the east side of the state. There are 4 large reservoirs along the Salt River with cool clear water that offer jaw dropping views and endless water recreation activities. The closest of the Salt River lakes, Saguaro Lake, is only 18 mi/35 min away. Canyon Lake is only 22 mi/60 min away. If seclusion is what you want, continue past Canyon Lake on a dirt road to Apache Lake. Go past Apache Lake and you will arrive at massive Roosevelt Lake.
Two large shopping malls are within 20 minutes of the community. For all the traditional mall stores, the Superstition Springs Mall is only 6 mi/15 min away. For more info on Superstition Springs Mall visit their website by clicking here. If specialty shops in an outdoor mall setting are more to your liking, visit SanTan Village Mall only 11 mi/15 min away. For more info on SanTan Village, visit their website by clicking here.
As of the census of 2010, there were 439,041 people in Mesa, 146,643 households, and 99,863 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,171.3 people per square mile (1,224.4/km²). There were 175,701 housing units at an average density of 1,405.7 per square mile (542.8/km²).
The racial make-up of the city was 81.6% White, 2.4% Black or African American, 2.2% Native American, 2.00% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 9.3% from other races, and 1.30% from two or more races. 24.0% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 146,643 households out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.20.
The age distribution was 27.3% under 18, 11.2% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 18.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $42,817, and the median income for a family was $49,232.
The largest Mesa employers are Mesa Public Schools, Banner Health, and Boeing.