Record Number of Californians Moving to Mesa

There’s a good chance your new Mesa neighbors are from California.

According to Capitol Media Services, new figures from the Census Bureau show nearly 262,000 people moved into Arizona from other states last year, with nearly 60,000 of them residents of the Golden State.

Mesa’s total population is 496,401 as of July 1, 2017, according to the US Census Bureau. That’s an increase of about 12.8 percent since 2010. The median household income is $52,155 and there are 31,907 veterans as of 2017.

Additionally, a new study by Prosperity Now ranked Mesa 18th out of 64 cities for its high incomes and extremely affordable housing, making it easier for Mesa individuals and families to thrive, and a top destination for Californians looking to relocate to a city with clearer air, more affordable housing and lower taxes.

Another surprising fact, nearly 3.8 percent of 2017 Arizona residents were living in another state a year earlier, versus 2.3 percent for the nation as a whole. But the migration wasn’t just snowbirds, much of it came from nearby states with quite pleasant weather.

After California, Washington is the next largest contributor of new Arizonans, with more than 14,000 deciding they prefer to live here. That’s followed by Illinois (where the weather is a bit brutal) followed by Colorado, Texas and Oregon.

Wherever the migration comes from, the City of Mesa, and Cadence at Gateway welcome neighbors looking to build up our bright community and improve quality of life for current and future residents.

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