Mesquite, Nevada

Mesquite, Nevada
Mesquite, Nevada
—  City  —
Mesquite city signs
Motto: Escape, Momentarily[1][2]
Location of Mesquite in Clark County, Nevada
Coordinates: 36°48′9″N 114°4′56″W / 36.8025°N 114.08222°W / 36.8025; -114.08222Coordinates: 36°48′9″N 114°4′56″W / 36.8025°N 114.08222°W / 36.8025; -114.08222
Country United States
State Nevada
County Clark County
Settled 1880
Incorporated 1984[3]
 - Mayor Mark Wier
 - Total 15.6 sq mi (40.5 km2)
 - Land 15.3 sq mi (39.7 km2)
 - Water 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
Elevation 1,601 ft (488 m)
Population (2010)
 - Total 15,277
 - Density 613.3/sq mi (236.8/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 89024, 89027, 89034
Area code(s) 702
FIPS code 32-46000
GNIS feature ID 0842060

Mesquite is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States, adjacent to the Arizona state line and 80 miles (130 km) northeast of Las Vegas. As of the 2010 United States Census, it had a population of 15,277.[3] The city is located in the Virgin River Valley. It is home to a growing retiree population, as well as several casino resorts and golf courses.



Home of Mormon pioneer Franklin S. Leavitt, c. 1900

Mesquite was settled by Mormon pioneers in 1880, who called it Mesquite Flat. The community was finally established on the third attempt after having been flooded out from the waters of the Virgin River. The name was later shortened to Mesquite and the city was incorporated in May 1984. Mesquite, like nearby Bunkerville, had its origins in farming. The Peppermill Mesquite casino, which opened in the 1970s, drove Mesquite’s diversified economy. The city incorporated in 1984 and established a master development plan during the early 1990s.[3] In the mid-1990s, more casinos opened.[4] By 2006, Mesquite was one of the fastest-growing small towns in the United States, though the late-2000s recession led to the closure of both the Mesquite Star and Oasis casinos.[3]


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1990 1,871
2000 9,389 401.8%
2010 15,277 62.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[5] of 2000,[dated info] there were 9,389 people, 3,498 households, and 2,571 families residing in the city. The population density was 613.3 per square mile (236.8/km²). There were 4,442 housing units at an average density of 290.1 per square mile (112.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.30% White, 1.27% Asian, 0.98% Native American, 0.65% African American, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 14.56% from other races, and 2.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 24.75% of the population. There were 3,498 households out of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.8% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. Of all households, 20.4% were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 22.8% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 103.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.0 males. The median income for a household in the city was $40,392, and the median income for a family was $42,941. Males had a median income of $27,083 versus $24,402 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,191. About 6.2% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.3% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.


Public education is provided by the Clark County School District. There are three schools in the valley.[6][7][8]

School Location Grades
Virgin Valley Elementary Mesquite K–5
Charles A. Hughes Middle School Mesquite 6–8
Virgin Valley High School Mesquite 9–12


Mesquite City Hall

In 1987, Virgin Valley’s first newspaper, The Desert Echo, began distribution out of a local home on Riverside Road. The Desert Valley Times emerged by 1995, and The Desert Echo merged with The Desert Valley Times in 1998. By this time, St. George-based The Spectrum bought and distributed The Desert Valley Times.

In 2006, Mesquite Media Group (MMG) was formed by founding partners Cindi Delaney, Sue Hurley, and Morris Workman. MMG started in early 2006, the community's first daily internet newspaper with current news published daily. The company started, the community's first internet radio station. In September 2006, MMG started publishing the Mesquite Local News, a weekly print newspaper that is distributed each Thursday. MMG partnered with the Media Alliance Group (MAG) that same month to create and publish the first edition of "Mesquite Lifestyle Magazine," the city's first bi-monthly glossy magazine. MMG sold their interest in the magazine to MAG in November 2007.[9]


Mesquite is home to several casinos including: Virgin River Casino, CasaBlanca, Eureka Casino Hotel, and Stateline Casino and Motel. The Virgin Valley Heritage Museum has exhibits about area pioneers and local history. The museum building, built in 1940, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Mesquite is a stopping point for those traveling along I-15 between Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Mesquite Airport provides facilities for general aviation and skydiving.[4]It hosts the annual RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship.


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