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Mesquite, Nevada

Mesquite, Nevada
Main Street, near City Hall
Main Street, near City Hall
Motto: Escape, Momentarily[1][2]
Location of Mesquite in Clark County, Nevada
Location of Mesquite in Clark County, Nevada
Mesquite, Nevada is located in USA
Mesquite, Nevada
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Nevada
Counties Clark, Lincoln
Settled 1880
Incorporated 1984[3]
 • Mayor Allan Litman[4]
 • Total 32.4 sq mi (83.8 km2)
 • Land 31.9 sq mi (82.6 km2)
 • Water 0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)
Elevation 1,601 ft (488 m)
Population (2013 est.)[5]
 • Total 16,439
 • Density 515/sq mi (199.0/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
Website .gov.mesquitenvwww

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 on Interstate 15. As of the 2010 United States Census, it had a population of 15,276.[3] The city is located in the Virgin River valley. It is home to a growing retirement community, as well as several casino resorts and golf courses.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Education 4
  • Media 5
  • Economy 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


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.[6] 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]


Mesquite occupies the northeast corner of Clark County and extends north into the southeast corner of Lincoln County. The eastern border of the city is the Arizona state line. The city is in the Virgin River valley, occupying the northern side of the river.

Nevada State Route 170 leads south from the center of town, crossing the Virgin River into the unincorporated community of Bunkerville before looping back to I-15 at the western city limits of Mesquite.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Mesquite has a total area of 32.4 square miles (83.8 km2), of which 31.9 square miles (82.6 km2) is land and 0.46 square miles (1.2 km2), or 1.40%, is water.[7]


As of the census[10] of 2010, there were 15,276 people, 8,911 houses, 6,378 Houses occupied , and 4,444 families residing in the city. The population density was 613.3 per square mile (236.8/km²) in the year 2000. 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 four schools in the valley.[11]

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


Mesquite City Hall

In 1987, the 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.[12] In June 2009, Workman and Delaney sold Mesquite Local News to Stephens Media, which owns the Las Vegas Review-Journal as well as numerous other newspapers in Nevada. The Mesquite Local News was later sold to Battle Born Media, LLC in May 2014.


Mesquite is home to several casinos, including the 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 is also a destination for golfers. With over nine public courses set into the desert, it draws golfers from all over. Mesquite Airport provides facilities for general aviation and skydiving.[6] It hosted the annual RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship until 2014.[13] It is the site of the proposed Toquop Energy Project.

See also


  1. ^ Staff Writer. "Visit Mesquite, Nevada: Official Site". 
  2. ^ Adweek
  3. ^ a b c d Ann O'Neill (August 21, 2011). "Deaths reveal a small town's mean streak". CNN. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013 (PEPANNRES): Nevada". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Staff Writer. "Mesquite, Nevada history". Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Mesquite city, Nevada". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  11. ^ "2014-2015 CCSD zoning map" (PDF). 
  12. ^ Staff Writer. "Mesquite Newspaper Purchased". Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  13. ^

External links

  • City of Mesquite official website
  • Official State of Nevada Tourism site
  • Mesquite Chamber of Commerce
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