Living, Working and Visiting Mesquite, Texas

Mesquite, Texas owes its early prosperity to the railroad. The town itself was first settled and founded in 1878 as a stop along the Texas and Pacific Railway. It did not take long for the railroads to start delivering goods to Mesquite, which turned the town into a popular shipping hub for the area. A prosperous farming community grew up around the railroad and the instant access to effective long-haul shipping helped to make the entire area prosper and grow. It is a proud family area that was one of the last cities in Texas to allow beer and wine sales when it finally passed the law that allowed those sales in 2011.

Climate in Mesquite

Mesquite was settled by farmers because it has an ideal farmer's climate. The area gets significant amounts of precipitation in the late spring and early fall. The temperatures stay at comfortable levels all year round and the humidity levels are below state averages as well. The sunshine peaks through quite often, which is always good for crops. The cloud cover over the area usually allows for sunlight and blue skies around 60 percent of the time.

Living in Mesquite

Mesquite's population of around 141,000 residents has been growing at a 10 percent rate since the 2000 census. It is a young community where the median age is around 33 years old. The population is 42 percent Caucasian, 32 percent Hispanic, 22 percent African American, with the remaining 4 percent being Asian, Hawaiian and Native American. Approximately 58 percent of the population is married and 24 percent have never been married at all. Approximately 83 percent of the population has their high school diploma and 19 percent have gone on to get a college degree.

Visiting Mesquite

One of the sites that every visitor to Mesquite tries to see is the Mesquite Tower that sits outside Memorial Stadium. The tower is 510-feet tall and acts as a radio transmitter, but its unique design has made it a regular tourist attraction. Some of the other popular visitor sites include Edgemont Park, Celebration Station Amusement Park, Brown's Boat Repair and Chartered Tours and Cyber Town Pizza Amusement Park. The city also has several public parks that include nature trails, public pools and playground equipment for children.

Working in Mesquite

The unemployment rate in Mesquite matches the Texas state rate at seven percent. The median household income for the city is $51,000 per year, which is $3,000 per year higher than the Texas state average. The industries that do the most hiring in the area are construction, scientific research, administrative support and food service. The occupations that are most prevalent for the area are equipment maintenance, truck driver, sales and property maintenance.