Mesquite, Texas

Mesquite, Texas
City of Mesquite
—  City  —
Mesquite Tower rises over Memorial Stadium in Mesquite.
Motto: Real. Texas. Flavor.
Location within Dallas County and the state of Texas
Coordinates: 32°46′58″N 96°36′36″W / 32.78278°N 96.61°W / 32.78278; -96.61Coordinates: 32°46′58″N 96°36′36″W / 32.78278°N 96.61°W / 32.78278; -96.61
Country United StatesUnited States
State TexasTexas
Counties Dallas, Kaufman
 - Type Council-Manager
 - City Council Mayor John Monaco
Stan Pickett
Dennis Tarpley
Al Forsythe
Shirley Roberts
Bill Porter
 - City Manager Ted Barron
 - Total 43.5 sq mi (112.6 km2)
 - Land 43.4 sq mi (112.5 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 495 ft (151 m)
Population (2010)
 - Total 139,824
 - Density 3,216/sq mi (1,241.7/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 75149, 75150, 75180, 75181, 75185, 75187
Area code(s) 214, 469, 972
FIPS code 48-47892[1]
GNIS feature ID 1341400[2]

Mesquite is a city located within the Dallas/Ft.Worth area of Texas. As of the 2010 US Census, the population was 139,824.



The city was founded May 22, 1873, by a Texas & Pacific Railway engineer who purchased land along the Texas & Pacific line outside of Dallas. The railroad, which ran from Dallas to Shreveport, began stopping at the newly-created town shortly thereafter, and the city began to grow around the railroad. The city was officially incorporated on December 3, 1887.

Mesquite prospered through the late 19th century and early 20th century as a farming community growing cotton, hay, corn and sugar and using the railroad to ship raw goods. The town remained predominantly agrarian until after World War II when the suburban boom also took root in Mesquite. The city's population rapidly grew from 1,696 in the 1950 census to 27,526 in 1960 and 55,131 in 1970.

In 1958, the Mesquite Championship Rodeo was established, and in 1959, Big Town Mall opened as the first enclosed shopping mall in the Southwest. The mall was demolished in the summer of 2006.

By 1970, LBJ Freeway (I-635) was constructed, connecting Mesquite to its neighbors, Garland to the north and Balch Springs to the south. Also in 1971, Town East Mall was constructed. The mall was used by director Ron Howard to film portions of the movie "Cotton Candy" in 1978. The mall's associated traffic and shops would continue to grow the town. By the 1990 census, the city had grown to 101,484 people, nearly twice the population twenty years earlier.

In 1986, the Mesquite Arena (now named Resistol Arena) opened its doors as the new home for the Mesquite Championship Rodeo. By 1998, the facility was expanded to include a Convention Center, Exhibition Hall and a Hampton Inn & Suites.


Mesquite is located at 32°46′58″N 96°36′36″W / 32.782878°N 96.609862°W / 32.782878; -96.609862 (32.782878, -96.609862).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 43.5 square miles (112.6 km2), of which 43.4 square miles (112.5 km2) of is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km2) (0.12%) is water.

Mesquite, Texas
Climate chart (explanation)
Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches
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  • On average, the warmest month is July.
  • The highest recorded temperature was 112°F in 1980.
  • The average coolest month is January.
  • The lowest recorded temperature was 1°F in 1989.
  • May is the average wettest month.

Mesquite is considered to be part of the humid subtropical region.


Local Government

The City Council consists of six Council members. Councilmembers serve two-year terms and are responsible for appointing the City Health Officer, Independent Auditor, Municipal Judge, City Manager, City Attorney, City Secretary and members of various Boards and Commissions. The Mayor and six Councilmembers are elected at large; however, four Council positions have residency requirements.

According to the citys most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the citys various funds had $180.5 million in Revenues, $162.7 million in expenditures, $546.5 million in total assets, $214.6 million in total liabilities, and $108.1 million in cash and investments.[4]

The structure of the management and coordination of city services is:[4]

City Department Director
City Manager Ted Baron
Deputy City Manager Carol Zolnerowich
Assistant City Manager Jerry Dittman
Director of Finance Donald W. Simons
Fire Chief Mark Kerby
Director or Municipal Airport Cynthia Godfrey
Police Chief Derek Rohde
Director of Parks and Recreation Cliff Keheley
Director of Community Development Richard Gertson
Director of Human Resources George Mones
Director of Public Works Tim Tumulty
Director of Information Technology Zak LaJoie
Director of Arts Center Mike Templeton
Director of Library Services Jeannie Johnson
Director of Housing and Community Services Valerie Bradley
Director of Marketing & Tourism John Mayner
Communications Manager Wayne Larson, APR
Director of Economic Development Thomas E. Palmer

State representations

The Texas Department of Transportation operates the Dallas District Office in Mesquite.[5]


Public schools

Mesquite Independent School District provides primary and secondary (K-12) education to most areas of Mesquite. A small portion of Mesquite is served by Dallas Independent School District. While another small area in Kaufman County is within the Forney Independent School District, the section has no residents. Mesquite also serves an area of Balch Springs.

Mesquite is home to five public high schools: Mesquite High School, North Mesquite High School, West Mesquite High School, Poteet High School, John Horn High School. In 2001, the Mesquite Skeeters high school football team won the 5A Division I State Championship.

Private schools

Dallas Christian High School is located in Mesquite.

Colleges and universities

Higher education is provided by two institutions. Eastfield College provides undergraduate degrees and continuing education credits as part of the Dallas County Community College District. The Texas A&M University-Commerce Mesquite Metroplex Center provides graduate-level courses and degrees in a variety of fields.


Mesquite is served by a publicly owned and -operated airport, Mesquite Metro Airport.[6] The airport includes a 6,000 ft. lighted runway with ILS. General aviation comprises approximately 75% of daily operations while commercial aviation comprises the rest.[7] Mesquite Metro Airport is popular among transient aircraft due to its location near Dallas and favorable fuel prices.[8]

Two other nearby airports, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field, provide regular commercial passenger service to the region. Love Field is approximately 15 miles from Mesquite; DFW Airport is approximately 30 miles from Mesquite.

Mesquite is not a member of Dallas Area Rapid Transit, so general public transportation is not available in the city. However, the city operates its own paratransit service for elderly and disabled residents.[9]

Union Pacific Railroad operates an intermodal facility for its freight rail service as part of the Skyline Industrial Park.


Mesquite is also served by three interstate highways, one US Hwy, and one state highway. IH 20, IH 30, IH 635, US Hwy 80, and SH 352 all pass through Mesquite. Belt Line Road also passes through Mesquite and serves as a major road.


  • Total population: 139,824 (2010 US Census)
  • Total households: 43,926
  • Total families: 32,900
  • Density 2,868.1 people/mi2 (1,107.3/km2)
  • Housing density 1,065.2/mi2 (411.2/mi2)
  • Racial makeup:
    • 73.54% White
    • 3.75% Asian
    • 13.32% African American
    • 0.60% Native American
    • 0.05% Pacific Islander
    • 6.43% from other races
    • 2.31% from two or more races
    • 15.66% Hispanic or Latino of any race
  • Per capita income: $20,890
  • Median household income: $50,424
  • Median family income: $56,357
  • Median income (males): $37,756
  • Median income (females): $29,905

About 5.0% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.

There were 43,926 households out of which 43.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.1% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.5% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 33.9% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 7.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.2 males.


According to the City's 2008 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[4] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees  % of Total City Employment
1 United Parcel Service Inc. 3,000 4.22%
2 Dallas Regional Medical Center 1,150 1.62%
3 City of Mesquite 1,054 1.48%
4 Sears 450 0.63%
5 Texas Dept of Transportation - Dallas District 425 0.60%
6 Baker Drywall LTD 400 0.56%
7 Dallas County Community College 400 0.56%
8 Christian Care Center 400 0.56%
9 Integra Color 383 0.54%
10 Pepsi-Cola Metro Bottling Co Inc 325 0.46%


Neighborhoods include:

  • Lawson
  • Park View
  • Edgemont Park
  • Creek Crossing
  • Creek Crossing II
  • Falcon's Lair
  • Falcon's Ridge
  • Pecan Creek
  • Rollingwood Hills
  • Skyline
  • Pasadena Gardens
  • Original Town
  • Melton
  • Tealwood


  • Mesquite Tower, a lattice tower of unusual design.
  • Town East Tower is the tallest inhabited building in Mesquite, standing seven stories high.

Notable people


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ a b c City of Mesquite CAFR Retrieved 2009-08-17
  5. ^ "Dallas District Office." Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved on January 11, 2010.
  6. ^ [1] City of Mesquite web site. Access 10 September 2006
  7. ^ [2] City of Mesquite web site. Accessed 9 September 2006
  8. ^ [3]AirNav: Mesquite Metro Airport. Accessed 8 September 2006
  9. ^ [4]City of Mesquite web site. Accessed 9 September 2006
  10. ^ Biography for John Carmack at the Internet Movie Database
  11. ^ Cedar Creek Pilot article
  12. ^

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