More than 14 percent of the total population of Mesa consists of seniors and continues to grow. The warm climate and natural beauty are enticements to the city and the surrounding area.
Mesa has a total population estimated at 471,825, an increase of 7.2 percent since 2010, according to the United States Census Bureau. Of this total, 14.1 percent are seniors and as many as 34,372 residents are veterans. 50.8 percent of the population is female.
The Mesa Community consists of residents that self-identify as 77.1 percent as White, 26.4 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 3.5 percent as Black or African-American, 3.4 percent as two or more races, 2.4 percent as American Indian or Alaska Native, and 1.9 percent as Asian.
The amount of residents born in a foreign country is 12.4 percent and as many as 21.6 percent of Mesa residents speak a language other than English in the home.
The average temperature in Mesa, Arizona is 72 degrees with an annual high temperature of 86.4 degrees and an annual low temperature of 57.5 degrees. There is no snowfall reported in the city and the highest temperatures during the winter months average in the upper 60s and lower 70s with lows in the 40s at night. The annual rainfall for the city is 9.29 inches.
The summer months are much warmer with average high temperatures over 104 degrees. With such high temperatures, keep in mind that heat-related illnesses are more prevalent during the summer and can lead to heat stroke or death. If you begin to feel dizzy, nauseous, have headaches with cool, moist skin, contact your physician for help. You can avoid heat-related illnesses by staying hydrated during the summer, staying indoors during the hottest part of the day, and dressing in lighter and breathable fabrics.
Arizona is home to beautiful desert trees, shrubs, vines, cacti, groundcovers, succulents, grasses, perennials, and annuals. You can see these plants in their natural habitat or purchase them for landscaping purposes. You may see plants like Afghan Pine, Blue Palo Verde, Brittlebrush, Cape Honeysuckle, Gray Ice Plant, Bush Morning Glory, Lilac Vine, Queen’s Wreath, Blue Myrtle Cactus, Prickly Pear, Aloe, Beargrass, Deer Grass, Desert Marigold, Blackfoot Daisy, Arizona Poppy, Blue Flax, and Desert Bluebell.
If you appreciate the beauty of Arizona’s birds, then you will find several varieties in Mesa and the surrounding urban areas. You may catch a glimpse of such startling beauties as verdin, curve-billed thrasher, lesser nighthawk, brown-headed cowbird, Say’s phoebe, Gila woodpecker, black phoebe, white-crowned sparrow, red-tailed hawk, peach-faced lovebird, house finch, northern mockingbird, and rock pigeon.
Wildlife in Arizona includes both desert and mountain reptiles and animals. You may see common animals like deer, elk, wild turkey, or prairie dog near your home. Closer to the desert or national forests, other animals roam like the rattlesnake, Gila monster, coyote, jaguar, bighorn sheep, roadrunner, mountain lion, and bear.
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