Housing & Cost of Living

Over the years, Mesa has consistently been recognized as a top city in which to live. Most recently, Mesa was named one of the "Best Cities for Families" by Parenting magazine. In addition, Mesa Public Schools consistently ranks at the top of the achievement lists.

Mesa is also one of the most affordable places to live. According to research conducted by Arizona State University, resale home prices are among the top 5 most affordable in the metropolitan area. The charts below provide additional detail on the affordability of the Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale MSA as compared to other major metro areas.  

 

Cost of Living Index - 2nd Quarter 2013
Phoenix-Mesa, AZ Composite
96.5
Grocery
97.6
Housing
97.4
Utilities
96.3
Transportation
99
Healthcare
99
Misc.
94


Cost of Living

Source: ACCRA Cost of Living Index

 
Housing Opportunity Index - 3rd Qtr. 2011

The Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) for a given area is defined as the share of homes sold in that area that are affordable to a family earning the median income. 

Housing Opportunity Index

Source: National Association of Home Builders