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Income/capita 18%
Household income 27%
Unemployment 3%
IndexCosta MesaCaliforniaNational
Income per capita$35,280$31,458$29,829
Median household income$70,438$63,783$55,322
Median income owner occupied$98,631$86,568$70,586
Median income renter occupied$58,170$43,419$35,192
Median earnings male$38,972$36,599$36,919
Median earnings female$31,816$27,020$26,250
Unemployment rate4.8%5.5%4.7%
Poverty level13.5%15.8%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Costa Mesa is 18% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in Costa Mesa is 27% higher than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Costa Mesa is 3% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Costa Mesa is 10% lower than the national average

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      am i middle class

      $Input your household income
      $46,953$70,438$140,876
      City
      $42,517$63,783$127,566
      State
      $36,877$55,322$110,644
      Nation
      According to the PEW research center, the middle class is defined as a range from two thirds (2/3) of the median household income to a multiple of two (2) times the median household income. Displayed above are the city, state and national median household income averages. Simply enter your median household income to determine if your income falls into the middle class or if your household income is considered upper or lower class.

      Costa Mesa median earnings by income bracket

      Costa Mesa employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry8.0%1.6%
      Manufacturing sector11.8%0.6%
      Financial & insurance services5.0%6.3%
      Wholesale & retail services14.8%13.3%
      Public administration2.4%1.6%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities3.8%1.4%
      Education, health & social services9.3%24.1%
      Other42.6%43.8%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      North Tustin, CA26,208$134,597143%
      Villa Park, CA5,922$131,386137%
      Newport Beach, CA86,813$115,845109%
      Rossmoor, CA10,933$114,457107%
      Mission Viejo, CA96,178$104,88690%
      Costa Mesa, CA112,439$70,43827%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Miami Gardens, FL112,514$39,01229%
      Lehigh Acres, FL112,279$41,73425%
      Round Rock, TX112,767$74,08734%
      Carlsbad, CA112,008$97,14576%
      Elgin, IL111,919$60,3759%
      Costa Mesa, CA112,439$70,43827%
      Source: The Costa Mesa, CA employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).