Downtown Mesa

Discover Downtown Mesa!

Located in the heart of the City, Downtown Mesa offers a wealth of opportunities for business owners, consumers, and art and music enthusiasts alike.


In addition to offering a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere, Downtown Mesa is host to many high-profile events to entertain and inspire the young and young-at-heart, including:

  • Mesa Music Festival
  • Arizona Celebration of Freedom
  • Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts
  • Motorcycles on Main
  • 2nd Friday Nights Out
  • Mesa Old West Days
  • Sculptures in the Street
  • Parades & Markets

The City of Mesa is growing by leaps and bounds and Downtown Mesa is fast becoming the hub of activities for this prospering region. Downtown's cultural anchor, the renowned Mesa Arts Center, draws more than 400,000 patrons to events in its facilities annually. A mix of art galleries, studios, and attractions including the Mesa Arts Center, i.d.e.a. Museum, Mesa Amphitheatre and the Arizona Museum of Natural History contribute to the creation of a unique and lively core that reflects a diverse community of artists and cultural organizations, businesses, venues, and events. Benedictine University boasts a student population of more than 500 students and ASU @ City Center will attract an additional 750+ students when they open in 2022.


In round numbers, Downtown Mesa has 7,000 employees, 3,000 residents, and more than 11,000 daily visitors who come to shop, play, learn, and conduct commerce. Businesses located in Downtown Mesa are strategically positioned to take advantage of a large workforce that is accessible by three integrated freeways:  the Superstition (US 60), Loop (101) and Red Mountain (202).  When considering total business activity, Downtown Mesa is a $2 billion dollar square mile business district.

Downtown Mesa Opportunity Map


The Downtown Small Business Attraction Utility Rate Program offers a 25% reduction on electric and water bills for the first three years for qualifying businesses located in the Town Center and Central Business District area of Mesa. Businesses must apply for the program within their first year of operation.



  • Valley Metro light rail runs through Downtown Mesa

  • More than 40 acres of developable land within ½ mile of Downtown Mesa light rail stations, ripe for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) opportunities

  • 253,000 SF of office space, 48,000 SF of retail space

  • Over $220 million in public/ private investment since 1997

  • 250 commercial property owners and 490 businesses

  • Minutes away from three major freeways

  • Colleges and universities offer access to a student population and talented workforce

  • The Central Main Plan establishes an Urban Village Concept

  • Pedestrian friendly Main Street with abundant free parking

  • An established Arts and Cultural District with  unique destinations

  • Five National Register historic districts offering residents close proximity to Downtown

Labor Market
(age 18+)
  20-minute commute
 30-minute commute
 2019 761,016 1,490,544
 2024 815,190 1,618,107
 Source: ESRI Community Analyst 2019; Center point - 1 W. Main St.

Educational Attainment
(highest level completed)
  20-minute commute  30-minute commute 
 High School Graduate
19.0% 17.3%
 Some College
25.6% 23.6%
 Associates Degree or
41.5% 46.1%
 Source: ESRI Community Analyst 2019; Center point - 1 W. Main St.
Trade Area
(population by age, median household income)
 3-mile radius
5-mile radius
182,232 368,588
 14 and under
25.2% 22.2%
 15-24 16.7% 17.2%
 25-44 17.5% 16.4%
 45-64 19.7% 22.3%
 65+ 7.9% 9.4%
 Median Age
30.6 32.7
 Median HH Income
$42,309 $51,326
 Source: ESRI Community Analyst 2019; Center point - 1 W. Main St.