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Things You Should Know Before Moving to Mesquite, TX

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Maybe more famously known as a type of barbeque made popular in the southwest, Mesquite also happens to be the name of a city in Texas. Mesquite is famous for the Big Town Mall, the first enclosed mall in Texas, which received the Governor's Community Achievement Award. Mesquite also has the reputation of being recognized as "Tree City USA" for the last 17 years continuously, as well as being deemed the "Rodeo Capital of Texas," a state that sure loves its rodeo.

This guide will provide you with some helpful tips and information on just about everything you need to know if you're going to be making the move to Mesquite. From the city's neighborhoods and school systems to the employment options and recreational activities available within the city, you'll find it all in this guide so that you can go into your move with the knowledge that is needed to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

Mesquite Climate

Mesquite's climate is primarily categorized as a humid subtropical climate. The city experiences hot, humid summers and mild to cool winter weather. Temperatures can often reach the triple digits during the hottest parts of the summer in July and August. However, during the winter, the weather is much milder, with temperatures usually staying in the 50s and 60s during the day and dropping into the 30s and 40s at night.

The city's location in north Texas means that it's often susceptible to strong thunderstorms during the spring. The maximum average precipitation during the course of the year usually occurs in May, when the city typically receives the most rainfall. Although snow is rare during the winter, it does happen occasionally.

Mesquite Geography and Neighborhoods

Mesquite is located mostly in Dallas County, with a portion of the city being a part of Kaufman County as well. The city of Mesquite is a part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and the city has a total area of 46.2 square miles. Mesquite is comprised of over 15 distinct neighborhoods. Some of the neighborhoods that can be found throughout the city include Lawson, Park View, Edgemont Park, Creek Crossing, Falcon's Lair, Pecan Creek, Pasadena Gardens and Rollingwood Hills, among others.

Living Costs in the City

Mesquite is located within Dallas County, which makes it a part of the large and ever-expanding Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Despite its proximity to the much bigger cities of Dallas and Fort Worth the costs of living remain lower than average. The costs of living in Mesquite are low when compared to other similar cities throughout the region, and the price of rent is lower than average throughout most of Mesquite, as are the various living expenses related to average living costs, such as transportation and food. Utilities costs are a bit higher than average in Mesquite.

The median family income in Mesquite is $61,913, which is slightly higher than the national average for median family income. The median home price for an average home in Mesquite is around $95,625, also well below the national average, but on par with similar real estate prices that exist in other major cities throughout the country.

Registering Your Car

The first few weeks can be a busy time for anyone who is new to Texas. One must make sure to register their vehicle as soon as they can. In order to do that one can find a local car service provider who will inspect your vehicle. There are also vehicle inspection stations available where one must show detailed proof of adequate insurance and your driver's license.

Upon moving to Texas, one must also apply for a Texas Driver's license. One must go to a driver's license division office of the Texas Department of Public safety. Unless you are a student or a military member you must submit any existing license and apply for a new license here. One has 90 days upon arrival to have a Texas driver's license. You must also make sure to learn about the Texas point system as getting a ticket in Texas can be very expensive.

Mesquite Moving Resources

Moving and storage companies are ready and willing to help you with your move to Mesquite, whether you're moving from out of state or from another county in Texas. Make sure you get estimates from multiple moving services before you commit to hiring any (at least three estimates). Check back to our guides for tips on how to choose your moving service wisely with important questions to ask, differentiating between types of estimates, and mistakes to avoid. Visit the following pages at Movers.com to get quotes for the following services:

Mesquite Schools

The Mesquite Independent School District is the city's main public school district. However, a small part is also served by the Dallas Independent School District. The city of Mesquite is served by five high schools, in addition to several middle schools and elementary schools. There are also a few private and charter schools located in the city, including the Dallas Christian School. The colleges and universities with campuses located in Mesquite include Eastfield College and the Texas A&M University-Commerce Mesquite Metroplex Center.

Mesquite Employment

In Mesquite, the city's main business center can be found at the Skyline Industrial Park, which covers over 300 acres of land and is home to some of the largest industries in the city. Mesquite began as a farming town in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with crops like cotton, hay, corn and sugar being the staples. The city also owes a portion of its local economy to Mesquite ProRodeo and the Big Town Mall, which was the first air-conditioned shopping mall in the United States when it opened in 1959.

The current unemployment rate is right around 6.2 percent as of April 2013, lower than the national unemployment rate, and the job growth rate is rising at 11.08 percent. The largest employer in Mesquite is the United Parcel Service, which employs over 2,000 people, followed by Dallas Regional Medical Center, Sears, Baker Drywall Ltd, Christian Care Center, and Integra Color.

Public Transportation

Mesquite Metro Airport is only major airport located in Mesquite. While the Mesquite Metro Airport is used for mostly general aviation, there are some commercial flights offered. As far as public transportation goes, Mesquite is one of the cities served by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system, and there are five major highways that connect Mesquite with surrounding areas: I-20, I-30, I-635, S.H. 352, and U.S. Highway 80. The Union Pacific Railroad operates an intermodal operation within the Skyline Industrial Park.

The closest major airport is the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport which is located about 30 miles from Mesquite between the cities of Fort Worth and Dallas and is the eighth busiest airport in the world based on passenger traffic. The airport is a hub for American Airlines and features flights to over 200 destinations around the world, including domestic.

Culture and Contemporary Life

They don't call it the Rodeo Capital of Texas for nothing. Mesquite is big on its rodeo, and you can find it all at Resistol Arena (formerly called the Mesquite Arena) where Mesquite ProRodeo takes place. Also located near the arena is a newly built convention center and exhibition hall as well. The Big Town Mall and the Town East Mall are also popular places within the city of Mesquite, and the city's proximity to Dallas and Fort Worth means that the big-city entertainment, dining and sight-seeing opportunities that both places hold are only a short drive away.

Moving to Mesquite

Whatever your reasons for moving to Mesquite, whether it be for a change of scenery or for employment, the city beckons you with its charm. The first step in the process of moving to Mesquite is choosing a moving company after first checking their BBB ratings, insurance and license. The moving rates are charged by the hour if you are moving within the state boundary, while for a long distance move the charges will depend on the total weight or volume in cubic feet of your belongings. In the latter case, you can ask about a flat rate or any special discounts that are available with the mover.

Robert Moreschi  Posted by Robert Moreschi on July 17, 2013

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