10 Best Places to Live in Arizona

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4. Mesa

Mesa, Arizona is an affordable city in Maricopa County located approximately twenty miles outside of Phoenix. The city is characterized by its expansive park acreage and split geography. The city is broken up into areas including East Mesa and West Mesa, which span nearly eighteen miles total. Mesa has a hot and dry desert climate and sits amid the Sonoran Desert upon the Salt River. Residents can enjoy peaceful float trips down the river as well as other outdoor activities including horseback riding and kayaking. Mesa’s total population is just under 475,000 and includes all regions of the city. Mesa Public Schools and Boeing are among the city’s top employers. Residents of Mesa can appreciate educational entertainment opportunities and attractions such as the Arizona Museum for Youth, the Mesa Historical Museum, the Mesa Grande Ruins, the Park of the Canals, and much more. Mesa is also located along the “Superstition” Freeway, also known as US Route 60, which stretches from Phoenix to the Apache Junction for convenient travel.

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