is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States, adjacent to the Arizona state line and 80 miles (124 km) northeast of Las Vegas. As of the 2000 census, it had a population of 9,389, with a 2006 census estimate of 14,799
The city is located in the Virgin River Valley. It's home to a growing retiree population, as well as several casino resorts and golf courses.
, settled by early Mormon pioneers. 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 casino, which opened in the 1970s, drove Mesquite’s diversified economy. In the mid-1990s, other casino resorts opened. Mesquite was marketed as a getaway from Las Vegas and a more laid-back gambling option for out-of-state visitors. Its population continues to grow steadily as it is impacted by the booms from nearby Las Vegas and St. George, Utah, which is another 40 miles northeast on Interstate 15.