50 Mesquite Championship Rodeo is the city's biggest draw for visitors. Photo By Melisa Oporto

Mesquite

Wikipedia says:

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.

Demographics

  • Median Age: 31.9
  • Population Growth (2000-2013): 15.20%
  • Population Density: 3,118 people per square mile

Schools

  • Students Passing STARR K-11: 77%
  • Average SAT Score: 1354
  • Students Taking SAT/ACT: 57.80%
  • Instruction Spending Per Student: $3,950

Crime

  • Violent Crime Rate: 3.09 per 1,000 residents
  • Non-Violent Crime Rate: 43.99 per 1,000 residents

Real Estate

  • Average Price of Homes Sold (2013): $103,375
  • Sales Price Change (2011-2013): 25.80%
  • Owner-Occupied Homes: 61.40%

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