Mesquite is a suburban city located east of the city of Dallas, Texas. Most of the city is located in Dallas County, though a small portion extends into Kaufman County. As of 2019 census estimates, the population was 140,937, making it the 22nd-most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas. It is also known as the Rodeo Capital of Texas. The city has a total area of 46.2 miles.
The city of Mesquite was founded on March 14, 1878, on land along the Texas & Pacific Railway, which ran from Dallas to Shreveport, Louisiana. The locals named the town after Mesquite Creek. Mesquite was officially incorporated on December 3, 1887, after electing Mayor J.E. Russell. In the early years, it was known for many outlaws residing in the area. A prominent outlaw was Sam Bass, historically known for his train robberies in Texas.
In the 2010 United States census, Mesquite had a population of 139,824. In July 2018, the population was estimated at 142,816. According to the 2020 United States Census, there were 150,108 people, 46,586 households, and 34,641 families residing in the city. Per the American Community Survey in 2017, the median age was 32.8, resulting in continual growth throughout the city.
A lot of Mesquite’s economy is intertwined with Dallas barring the exception of local businesses. The largest national corporations operating in Mesquite are United Parcel Service, Sears, AT&T, Spectrum, Ashley Furniture, FedEx, OfficeMax, and GameStop. As of Mesquite’s 2008 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the largest employers in the city include UPS, Dallas Regional Medical Center, the City Of Mesquite, Sears, and others.
Culture & Recreation:
The Mesquite Public Library System is one of excellence, receiving multiple awards. The city also is home to 76 parks and recreation areas including a large trail system. Mesquite also offers a large gold course named for the city as well as a 36,000-square-foot municipal arts center which includes a black box theater, rehearsal hall, galleries, and support spaces.