Mesa, Arizona is one of 27 cities in the Phoenix metropolitan area and is located 15 miles (24 km) east of the state capital, Phoenix, in Maricopa County. The city has a size of 324.7 km2. Mesa was founded in 1878 by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints (“Mormons”).
The city is the third largest city in Arizona, behind Phoenix and Tucson, with over 480,000 residents (2016 estimate, U.S. Census Bureau). There are only isolated skyscrapers, and so the city stretches over almost 330 km2. Due to the mild winter climate, Mesa is one of the fastest growing cities in the USA and grew by 37% between 1990 and 2000. Mesa is the largest suburban city in the United States and the second largest in North America Mississauga, Ontario. In fact, Mesa is larger than some well-known American cities that are the center of a large Agglomeration, such as St. Louis, Miami or Pittsburgh. The local Falcon Field Airport (ICAO code: KFFZ) is home to the helicopter manufacturer MD Helicopters.
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