The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Mesa, AZ For 2024

The best Mesa neighborhoods are Lehi and North Center Street for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

Best Neighborhoods In Mesa
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If you’re thinking about moving to Mesa, you’re in the right place. We at Homesnacks would hate to see you end up in one of Mesa’s worst neighborhoods, so we’ve compiled a handy list of the neighborhoods that are the cream of the crop.

While Phoenix is the biggest city in Arizona, its eastern neighbor of Mesa boasts many credentials that make it a more attractive place to live. Lower crime, a slightly cheaper cost of living, and better public schools. In either city, you can count on stunning views of the Superstition Mountains and a desert climate that’s best for people who seriously enjoy the heat. With summertime averages over 100 degrees every day, you’d just better remember to pack your high-grade sunscreen.

So what did we look for when determining the best neighborhoods to call home in Mesa? Well, we looked for expensive homes, usually a good indicator of the demand to live somewhere. But we also took into account how much people living in those neighborhoods earn as a way of seeing what places had a healthy balance of quality and affordability. Of course, crime, public schools, unemployment rates, and the availability of top-notch amenities also came into play.

A sprawling city of 130+ square miles, Mesa’s 23 neighborhoods offer a wide diversity of styles. Those looking to rub elbows with the city’s elite will find the company they’re looking for in Apache Wells or Northgrove, where the median incomes are well over $1,000,000/year. Folks that want to avoid all that boujee business will feel much more comfortable Downtown. In any case, people of all economic backgrounds will enjoy living near Golfland Sunsplash, a prime spot for family fun (or just staying cool on those 110 degree days).

So slap on some sunscreen, grab a chimichanga, and salt the rim of your margarita glass, because we’re taking a tour of Mesa’s best neighborhoods for 2024.

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

The Best Neighborhoods In Mesa For 2024

  1. Lehi
  2. North Center Street
  3. The Groves
  4. Parkwood Ranch
  5. C.A.N.D.O.
  6. Dobson Woods
  7. Northeast
  8. Dobson Ranch
  9. Crismon Creek
  10. Heritage Park

You shouldn’t have to rely on hearsay to find the best places to live. Not when Homesnacks has all the data you need to make an informed decision about where to live. Mesa’s grown by about 20% in the last decade, so the demand is clearly there. With ample sports venues, lovely parks, and cultural hot spots, it’s no surprise why families and individuals are being drawn to Mesa in ever-increasing numbers.

That doesn’t mean you can’t go wrong moving to Mesa, though. However, if you stick to the best of the best, you shouldn’t have any problems. So what’s the best neighborhood in Mesa for 2024? According to the data, Lehi is the spot with the most going for it.

Disappointed that your Mesa neighborhood didn’t make the cut? Take a look at the comprehensive list of Mesa neighborhoods down below to see how your favorite stacked up.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Mesa

1. Lehi

Population: 8,424
Median Home Value: $369,367 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $80,903 (Seventh best)
More on Lehi: Real Estate

2. North Center Street

Population: 2,250
Median Home Value: $204,655 (11th best)
Median Income: $47,460 (17th best)
More on North Center Street: Real Estate

3. The Groves

Population: 5,555
Median Home Value: $405,759 (Third best)
Median Income: $106,534 (Third best)
More on The Groves: Real Estate

4. Parkwood Ranch

Population: 2,818
Median Home Value: $183,194 (17th best)
Median Income: $76,872 (Eighth best)
More on Parkwood Ranch: Real Estate

5. C.A.N.D.O.

Population: 2,651
Median Home Value: $172,030 (20th best)
Median Income: $35,982 (2best)
More on C.a.n.d.o.: Real Estate

6. Dobson Woods

Population: 3,454
Median Home Value: $199,495 (14th best)
Median Income: $72,016 (Ninth best)
More on Dobson Woods: Real Estate

Population: 4,071
Median Home Value: $544,266 (best)
Median Income: $95,862 (Fourth best)
More on Northeast: Data | Real Estate

8. Dobson Ranch

Population: 11,657
Median Home Value: $230,332 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $62,994 (12th best)
More on Dobson Ranch: Real Estate

9. Crismon Creek

Population: 423
Median Home Value: $201,964 (12th best)
Median Income: $93,977 (Fifth best)
More on Crismon Creek: Real Estate

10. Heritage Park

Population: 510
Median Home Value: $214,448 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $44,903 (19th best)
More on Heritage Park: Real Estate

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Mesa, AZ Neighborhoods In 2024

To rank the best neighborhoods in Mesa, we had to determine what criteria define “best” and then apply Saturday Night Science to it.

Using FBI crime, Census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 23 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index, the “Best City Neighborhood In Mesa.” We’re lookin’ at you, Lehi.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Mesa, Arizona has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city, from best to worst.

We updated this article for 2024. This report is our tenth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Mesa.

Summary: Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Mesa

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Mesa where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

The best neighborhoods in Mesa are Lehi, North Center Street, The Groves, Parkwood Ranch, C.A.N.D.O., Dobson Woods, Northeast, Dobson Ranch, Crismon Creek, and Heritage Park.

As mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Mesa aren’t all good. Sunland Village East takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Mesa.

The worst neighborhoods in Mesa are Sunland Village East, Superstition Springs, Sunland Village, Apache Wells, and Glenwood-Wilbur.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Best Neighborhoods To Live In Mesa For 2024 Detailed Data

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Lehi 8,424 $369,367 $80,903
2 North Center Street 2,250 $204,655 $47,460
3 The Groves 5,555 $405,759 $106,534
4 Parkwood Ranch 2,818 $183,194 $76,872
5 C.a.n.d.o. 2,651 $172,030 $35,982
6 Dobson Woods 3,454 $199,495 $72,016
7 Northeast 4,071 $544,266 $95,862
8 Dobson Ranch 11,657 $230,332 $62,994
9 Crismon Creek 423 $201,964 $93,977
10 Heritage Park 510 $214,448 $44,903
11 Marlborough Mesa 1,524 $182,471 $66,121
12 Alta Mesa 7,971 $239,452 $60,862
13 Ridgeview 900 $255,609 $88,878
14 Mesa Grande 8,617 $148,554 $45,524
15 Downtown 2,377 $143,064 $33,724
16 Northgrove 1,987 $416,540 $7,983,126
17 Rancho Del Mar 500 $173,034 $54,452
18 Red Mountain Ranch 2,353 $224,326 $71,092
19 Glenwood-Wilbur 284 $143,043 $29,329
20 Apache Wells 1,445 $209,154 $3,007,045
21 Sunland Village 2,563 $199,643 $42,883
22 Superstition Springs 5,530 $190,841 $53,295
23 Sunland Village East 1,379 $190,841 $62,094
About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

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