Mesquite, Texas Population 2021

137,771
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Mesquite is a city located in Dallas County Texas. With a 2020 population of 137,771, it is the 27th largest city in Texas and the 199th largest city in the United States . Mesquite is currently declining at a rate of -1.14% annually and its population has decreased by -1.47% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 139,824 in 2010. Mesquite reached it's highest population of 144,988 in 2015. Spanning over 47 miles, Mesquite has a population density of 2,916 people per square mile.

The average household income in Mesquite is $68,229 with a poverty rate of 12.78%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,104 per month, and the median house value is $143,000. The median age in Mesquite is 33.3 years, 30.5 years for males, and 35.5 years for females.

Mesquite is a suburb of both Dallas and Fort Worth and part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, the country's fourth-largest metro area with an estimated population of 7.3 million.

Diversity

Almost 19% of Mesquite's population is foreign-born. Mesquite is a Hispanic-majority city. Mexican Americans are the largest subgroup followed by Salvadoran Americans. The African-American population of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area grew 178% between 2000 and 2010 with much of the growth in suburbs like Mesquite. Throughout Dallas County and Texas as a whole, the most recent census data shows decreasing populations of non-Hispanic whites. In a decade, Dallas lost over 200,000 white residents or about 20%.

Population Growth

In 1940, Mesquite had a population of just 1,050 which grew 62% by 1950. The next decade saw population growth of 1,523% to more than 27,000 people and 100% population growth the next decade to 55,000 in 1970. Mesquite posted strong double-digit growth up until 2010 when its growth slowed. Over the last decade, Mesquite has added an estimated 3,000 people. It seems things are changing in Mesquite, however.

After 15 years without a single new subdivision, Mesquite is showing signs that it's getting ready to grow again with a new development in 2017 and homes remaining on the market for just 14 days on average. Expansion and distribution center plans will also create new jobs in the community to fuel further growth in the coming years.

Mesquite is a fairly young city, founded in 1878 on land next to the Texas & Pacific Railway which ran from Shreveport, LA to Dallas. It was incorporated in 1887. During the early years, Mesquite was known for its outlaws but it grew in the 1900s as a farming community that used the railroad to ship goods like cotton, sugar, and corn. It wasn't until the end of WWII that the suburban boom in Dallas took off and Mesquite began to grow rapidly.

Mesquite Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Mesquite was:

  • White: 62.81%
  • Black or African American: 26.03%
  • Other race: 4.20%
  • Two or more races: 3.39%
  • Asian: 2.80%
  • Native American: 0.75%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%
The current population of Mesquite, Texas is 137,771 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 142,520.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 139,824.

Mesquite, Texas Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White90,10562.81%
Black or African American37,33526.03%
Some Other Race6,0214.20%
Two or More Races4,8563.39%
Asian4,0142.80%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,0710.75%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander540.04%
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Mesquite Population by Race

Mesquite Population Pyramid $2021

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Mesquite Median Age

33.3


Total

30.5


Male

35.5


Female

Mesquite Adults

There are 101,641 adults, (15,368 of whom are seniors) in Mesquite.

Mesquite Age Dependency

66.3

Age Dependency Ratio

17.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

48.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Mesquite Sex Ratio

Female

74,883

52.20%

Male

68,573

47.80%

Mesquite Population by Age

Mesquite Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Mesquite Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married76.4%23.6%
All59.1%40.9%
Male49.8%50.2%
Non Family46.4%53.6%
Female40.1%59.9%

59.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Mesquite Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All46,8163.0559.1
Married21,3123.7276.4
Non Family12,8771.2246.4
Female9,1233.7840.1
Male3,5043.8249.8

3.63

Average Family Size

3.05

Average Household Size

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Mesquite Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7,0308.09%
9th to 12th Grade9,96811.47%
High School Graduate25,87729.78%
Some College21,43424.67%
Associates Degree7,0888.16%
Bachelors Degree10,56512.16%
Graduate Degree4,9385.68%
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Mesquite Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Mesquite Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White32,15129,1486,699
Hispanic29,30117,5982,457
Black20,91419,2794,743
Other Race3,4112,169419
Asian3,1162,6191,298
2+ Races1,8611,567309
Native American658506127
Islander393924

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 61.54%.

Mesquite Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,842$41,546$31,872
Less Than 9th Grade$26,919$32,383$19,905
High School Graduate$31,619$36,095$26,474
Some College$40,067$45,403$35,926
Bachelors Degree$51,047$53,211$50,008
Graduate Degree$57,637$61,723$55,670

$36,842

Average Earnings

$41,546

Average Male

$31,872

Average Female

Mesquite Earnings by Educational Attainment

Mesquite Language by Age

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Mesquite Language

60.33% of Mesquite residents speak only English, while 39.67% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 34.32% of the population.

Mesquite Language

Mesquite Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic59,6839,12015.28%
Black37,1304,87513.13%
White38,9213,4778.93%
Other6,01061310.20%
Multiple4,82159112.26%
Asian4,0143909.72%
Native1,07111210.46%

12.78%

Overall Poverty Rate

10.45%

Male Poverty Rate

14.92%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Mesquite

The race most likely to be in poverty in Mesquite is Hispanic, with 15.28% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Mesquite is White, with 8.93% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.11%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.68%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.23%.

Mesquite Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade19.91%
High School10.94%
Some College7.52%
Bachelors or Greater5.12%

Mesquite Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed25.66%
Male Unemployed20.37%
Female Employed8.40%
Male Employed5.81%

Mesquite Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Mesquite Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$57,824$68,229
Families$65,062$75,098
Married Families$80,139$90,083
Non Families$37,146$44,694
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Income by Household Type

Mesquite Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

44.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

49.0%

Male Marriage Rate

41.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Mesquite Married by Age and Sex

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Mesquite Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Mesquite Marital Status by Race

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Mesquite Marital Status

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5,456

Number of Veterans

4,916

Male Veterans

540

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,851
Second Gulf War1,153
First Gulf War1,057
Korea359
World War II131

Mesquite Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 541,361
65 to 741,346
55 to 641,123
75+913
18 to 34713

Mesquite Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White3,8485.90%
Black1,2204.76%
Hispanic6621.83%
Asian1825.49%
2+ Races662.49%
Native American648.36%
Other Race621.56%
Islander1425.93%

Mesquite Veterans by Race

Mesquite Veterans by Education

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5.11%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.95%

Veteran Disability Rate

Mesquite Veterans by Education

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68%

Labor Force Participation

64.7%

Employment Rate

4.8%

Unemployment Rate

Mesquite Employment by Age

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Mesquite Employment by Race

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Mesquite Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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60.88%

Born in Mesquite

80.26%

Native Born

19.74%

Foreign Born

12.86%

Non Citizen

6.88%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

80.26% of Mesquite residents were born in the United States, with 60.88% having been born in Texas. 12.86% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Mesquite Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021137,771-1,583-1.14%
2020139,354-1,583-1.12%
2019140,937-1,583-1.11%
2018142,520-1,698-1.18%
2017144,218-463-0.32%
2016144,681-307-0.21%
2015144,9884800.33%
2014144,5089040.63%
2013143,6042390.17%
2012143,3651,8451.30%
2011141,5201,5571.11%
2010139,96315,4401.18%
2000124,52323,0392.07%
1990101,48434,4314.23%
198067,05311,9221.98%
197055,13127,6057.19%
196027,52627,4269.82%
19001000.00%

Mesquite Population by Year