Are you thinking about moving to Mesa, Arizona, and want someone to give you the bottom line of what it’s really like? In this episode of The Great Escape, I’m going to give you the good, bad, and ugly of living in Mesa, Arizona. We’ll discuss the pros and cons from baseball to weather so you know exactly what to expect.

Why People Love Living In Mesa

Just like every city, living in Mesa has its pros and cons. Before we get into the not-so-great aspects of Mesa, we’re going to start by giving you the top three reasons people love living here.

First, Mesa is the third-largest city in Arizona. As such, there are tons of things to do. It’s home to the Arizona Museum of Natural History, the Mesa Art Center, the Lost Dutchman Ghost Town, the Mesa Golfland Sunsplash, and spring training. That’s right, we have the Cactus League Spring Training right here in Mesa. It’s the number one reason people love living in this great Arizona city.

The second reason people love living here is that there are great places to hike and enjoy the outdoors. For example, Usery Mountain is located in the northeast part of Mesa and has over 3,000 acres of pure natural wonder. Take advantage of one of its many trails like the Wind Cave Trail or head to one of the campgrounds for overnight stays. Either way, there’s plenty of outdoor space to play.

The third reason that people love living in Mesa is the cost of living. This city has one of the lowest property taxes in the valley.

The Cons Of Living In Mesa

Now we’ll look at some of the cons of living in Mesa—because not everything is perfect. If you’re serious about moving here, you need to know what to expect. First, did you know that Mesa is hot during the summer months? The average temperature is 103 to 105 degrees. You’ll want to make sure that your air conditioner is in good working condition before the summer months hit.

If you can deal with the heat, then maybe you won’t mind the traffic in the winter months. The traffic during the winter months is heavy, and you’re going to have to have a car to get around so you’ll need to get used to it.  Once the snowbirds leave and the kids are out of school, the traffic is a lot less—almost by half.

Another con of Mesa living is getting around downtown. I think it’s great that we have the light rail, as it makes getting to downtown Phoenix a breeze. However, it also makes maneuvering around downtown Mesa a little bit more difficult. That’s unfortunate, as the city has done such a wonderful job with revitalizing downtown with quaint statues, plenty of benches, and a wide variety of activities and cultural events. So when you head downtown, be ready for the challenge.

Is Mesa Living Right For You?

I hope this gave you some insight into the pros and cons of living in Mesa, Arizona. We help people every day move and relocate in and around the city, so if you have any questions or we can be of assistance, please feel free to reach out.

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