Mesquite, Texas

By | May 3, 2023

According to THEMBAPROGRAMS, Mesquite, Texas is a city located in the eastern part of Dallas County. It is bordered by Garland and Balch Springs to the north, Sunnyvale to the east, and Seagoville to the south. The city has a total land area of about 29 square miles and is located about 15 miles east of downtown Dallas. The climate in Mesquite is typical for North Central Texas with hot summers and mild winters.

Mesquite was first settled in 1873 when John H. Gaston established a trading post near the Trinity River. The town was officially incorporated as Mesquite in 1887, taking its name from nearby mesquite trees that were found growing along the Trinity River banks. Over time, Mesquite grew into an important commercial center and it wasn’t until after World War II that it began to develop into a residential community.

Today, Mesquite is governed by a council-manager system where seven elected officials serve as city council members and appoint a professional manager who oversees daily operations of the city government. The economy in Mesquite relies heavily on light manufacturing, construction services, retail trade, and health care services. There are numerous schools within the city limits including several public school districts as well as private schools offering education from pre-K through high school level courses.

In terms of landmarks and attractions, there are several notable sites within Mesquite including Rodeo Park which hosts an annual rodeo event each summer; Town East Mall which offers over 200 stores; Opal Lawrence Historical Park which features historical homes from different eras; Celebration Station amusement park; several golf courses; museums such as the Virginia Sowell Museum; parks like Harry Myers Park which offers outdoor activities like fishing and canoeing; and many more places for visitors to explore!

Population: 124,523. Estimated population in July 2020: 129,902 (+4.3% change)
Males: 59,987 (48.2%), Females: 64,536 (51.8%)

Zip codes: 75149, 75150, 75180, 75181.

Median resident age: 31.9 years
Median household income: $50,424
Median house value: $85,500

Races in Mesquite:

  • White Non-Hispanic (65.4%)
  • Hispanic (15.7%)
  • Black (13.3%)
  • Other race (6.4%)
  • Two or more races (2.3%)
  • Asian Indian (1.8%)
  • American Indian (1.2%)
  • Filipino (0.8%)
  • Vietnamese (0.5%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: United States (12.3%), German (9.6%), Irish (9.0%), English (7.7%), French (2.4%), Italian (2.0%).

Land area: 43.4 square miles

Mesquite, Texas


Mesquite is a city located in the state of Texas, just east of Dallas. As of 2019, the population of Mesquite was estimated to be around 145,000 people. The city is ethnically diverse; according to the 2019 US Census, Mesquite has a population that is 53.6% White, 24.1% Hispanic or Latino, 16.2% African American, and 3.9% Asian. In addition to its diversity in ethnicity, Mesquite also has a large number of religious affiliations; 48% identify as Christian while the remaining 52% are made up of those who are non-religious or practice other religions such as Judaism and Islam. The median age in Mesquite is 32 years old and the median household income is $51,872 per year; this is slightly lower than the national average but still higher than many other cities in Texas. The unemployment rate in Mesquite is 3%, which is lower than both the state average and national average and indicates a healthy job market for residents who are looking for work or new opportunities. Finally, Mesquite has a relatively low crime rate compared to other cities across Texas with only 871 reported incidents per 100K people in 2019.

For population 25 years and over in Mesquite

  • High school or higher: 83.0%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 18.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.5%
  • Unemployed: 3.7%
  • Mean travel time to work: 29.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Mesquite city

  • Never married: 23.5%
  • Now married: 57.7%
  • Separated: 2.3%
  • Widowed: 4.6%
  • Divorced: 11.8%

9.2% Foreign born (5.1% Latin America, 3.0% Asia).

Population change in the 1990s: +22,344 (+21.9%).


Hospitals/medical centers in Mesquite:


Other hospitals/medical centers near Mesquite:

  • DOCTORS HOSPITAL (about 8 miles; DALLAS, TX)


Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Mesquite:

  • DALLAS LOVE FIELD (about 17 miles; DALLAS, TX; Abbreviation: DAL)
  • FORT WORTH ALLIANCE (about 51 miles; FORT WORTH, TX; Abbreviation: AFW)

Other public-use airports nearest to Mesquite:

  • MESQUITE METRO (about 8 miles; MESQUITE, TX; Abbreviation: HQZ)
  • GARLAND/DFW HELOPLEX (about 9 miles; GARLAND, TX; Abbreviation: T57)
  • DALLAS CBD VERTIPORT (about 14 miles; DALLAS, TX; Abbreviation: 49T)

Amtrak station near Mesquite:

  • 14 miles: DALLAS (400 S. HOUSTON ST.). Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand, public transit connection.

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/Universities in Mesquite:

  • EASTFIELD COLLEGE (Full-time enrollment: 4,457; Location: 3737 MOTLEY DR; Public; Website:
  • METROPLEX BEAUTY SCHOOL (Full-time enrollment: 25; Location: 519 N GALLOWAY; Private, for-profit)
  • ALADDIN BEAUTY COLLEGE 26 (Location: 3330 N GALLOWAY AVE STE 160; Private, for-profit)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Mesquite:

  • SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY (about 12 miles; DALLAS, TX; Full-time enrollment: 8,231)
  • RICHLAND COLLEGE (about 13 miles; DALLAS, TX; Full-time enrollment: 7,352)
  • EL CENTRO COLLEGE (about 14 miles; DALLAS, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,359)
  • THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS (about 16 miles; RICHARDSON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 7,695)
  • BROOKHAVEN COLLEGE (about 19 miles; FARMERS BRANCH, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,711)
  • MOUNTAIN VIEW COLLEGE (about 20 miles; DALLAS, TX; Full-time enrollment: 3,029)
  • DALLAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY (about 20 miles; DALLAS, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,496)


Public high schools in Mesquite:

  • NORTH MESQUITE HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 2,486; Location: 18201 LBJ FWY; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • MESQUITE HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 2,418; Location: 300 E DAVIS ST; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • HORN HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,941; Location: 3300 E CARTWRIGHT RD; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • WEST MESQUITE HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,665; Location: 2500 MEMORIAL BLVD; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • POTEET HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,627; Location: 3300 POTEET DR; Grades: 09 – 12)

Private high schools in Mesquite:

  • DALLAS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 886; Location: 1515 REPUBLIC PKWY; Grades: PK – 12)
  • MESQUITE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 51; Location: 2214 FRANKLIN; Grades: KG – 12)
  • CALVARY TEMPLE ASSEMBLY CHRIST (Students: 47; Location: PO BOX 852238; Grades: PK – 12)

Biggest public primary/middle schools in Mesquite:

  • AGNEW MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 1,085; Location: 729 WILKINSON DR; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • BERRY MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 1,083; Location: 2675 CARTWRIGHT RD; Grades: 07 – 08)
  • MCDONALD MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 987; Location: 2930 N TOWN E BLVD; Grades: 07 – 08)
  • THOMPSON ELEMENTARY (Students: 907; Location: 2525 HELEN LN; Grades: PK – 06)
  • WILKINSON MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 841; Location: 2100 CREST PARK DR; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • HANBY ELEMENTARY (Students: 816; Location: 912 CASCADE ST; Grades: PK – 05)
  • SMITH ELEMENTARY (Students: 799; Location: 2300 MESQUITE VLY RD; Grades: KG – 06)
  • KIMBROUGH MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 789; Location: 3900 N GALLOWAY AVE; Grades: 07 – 08)
  • FLOYD ELEMENTARY (Students: 767; Location: 3025 HICKORY TREE RD; Grades: PK – 05)
  • SHAW ELEMENTARY (Students: 764; Location: 707 PURPLE SAGE TRL; Grades: PK – 06)

Private primary/middle schools in Mesquite:

  • LITTLE RED SCHOOL HOUSE KIN (Students: 192; Location: 412 S BRYAN-BELTLINE; Grades: PK – KG)
  • ST. MARKS UNITED METHODIST (Students: 85; Location: 3117 MOTLEY DRIVE; Grades: PK – 1)


Library in Mesquite:

  • MESQUITE PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $1,813,478; Location: 300 W GRUBB DR; 154,518 books; 2,723 audio materials; 3,851 video materials; 341 serial subscriptions)