Mesquite is a quintessentially Texas town in the Dallas Fort Worth area. If you’re looking to live in a place that’s steeped in Lone Star history, it’s hard to beat the growing city of 143,949 and counting. In fact, one might say that Mesquite has it all. It offers easy access to Dallas without suffering from typical city woes such as inflated costs, traffic and overpopulation. The cost of living in Mesquite is below the national average, home prices are affordable and the median income is on the rise.
And sure, you can look at the facts and statistics about Mesquite all day, but if you really want to get a feel for what it’s like to actually live there, you’ll want to read on. Here are six things that you should know before you move to Mesquite. Some of them may surprise you in a good way.
It’s the Rodeo Capital of Texas
Saddle up! If you love cowboy boots, 10-gallon hats, spurs and all things rodeo, you’ll love life in Mesquite. It just so happens to be the Rodeo Capital of Texas. The Mesquite Championship Rodeo takes place every Saturday night from June 2 through August 25. You can cheer on your favorite cowboys as they compete in bull riding, tie down roping, barrel racing and other classic events. Because the rodeo season lasts for the majority of the summer, the spirit can be felt throughout Mesquite. If you’ve never been to a rodeo, be sure to brush up on cowboy terms before donning your blue jeans and boots so you know exactly what the folks in the stands are talking about when they say things like “piggin’ string” and “bulldogger.”
There’s an Unexpected Cultural Side to Mesquite
Mesquite isn’t all cowboys and horses. There’s also a seriously underrated cultural side to Mesquite that art lovers will definitely want to check out. Most notably, there’s the Mesquite Arts Center. Here you’ll find every kind of performing and visual art you could ever want. There’s a concert hall that seats 500, two art galleries, a space for the local orchestra and a theater dedicated to plays.
If you’re an art fan on a budget, check out Art Around Town. This free project, sponsored by the Mesquite Arts Council, places art installations throughout town. On a warm, sunny day in Mesquite, there’s nothing better than strolling around the city and seeing these unique art pieces with your family.
You’re Going to Become a Serious Dirt Track Racing Fan
Maybe you’ve been to a NASCAR race before, but trust us, dirt track racing is something else entirely. What is dirt track racing exactly? Head to the Devil's Bowl Speedway to find out for yourself. During the race season, you can see cars racing at over 100 miles per hour on a dirt track. The racing season kicks off in March and lasts through October, so you’ll have plenty of chances to check it out. The stadium is much smaller than a NASCAR stadium, and the events have a real community feel that’s perfect for those who have just moved to Mesquite.
Take in History at the Florence Ranch Homestead
Long before Mesquite was settled, the land was just prairie. You can get a taste of that time by visiting the Florence Ranch Homestead. Built in 1871, this farmhouse offers you chance to experience a 19th century Texas farmstead. Take a tour and see the Florence family’s house while learning about the history of the area. Fair warning, the surprisingly large Texas home will almost definitely give you serious house envy.
Classic Texas Heat
What do you think about when you picture Texas weather? Humidity? Big summer thunderstorms?
That’s exactly what you’ll get in Mesquite. The city enjoys warm—and oftentimes slightly too warm weather—for a larger portion of the year. In the summer that means temperatures in the 90’s, tons of humidity and some epic storms. Winter temperatures can be surprisingly cool, so don’t throw out those sweaters just because you’re moving to Mesquite!
You Can Get It at the Marketplace
If you prefer shopping locally over strolling the aisles of big box stores, you’ll definitely want to add The Marketplace to your agenda. This farmer’s market sets up in Heritage Square in Mesquite on Saturdays from April through October. You can take care of your grocery shopping while supporting local Texas farmers and maybe even score some unique items for your new home in Mesquite from local artisans.