Costa Mesa 67 Average
Costa Mesa Livability #558 ranked city in California#15,377 ranked city in the USARanks better than 47% of areas
A+ Costa Mesa Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Costa Mesa Cost of Living Cost of living is 18% higher than California
Costa Mesa
16565% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Costa Mesa cost of living
F Costa Mesa Crime Total crime is 39% higher than California
Total crime
3,59153% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2853% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
1%Year over year crime is up
Costa Mesa crime
C Costa Mesa Employment Household income is 10% higher than California
Median household income
$70,43827% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$35,28018% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%3% higher than the US average
Costa Mesa employment
C- Costa Mesa Housing Home value is 56% higher than California
Median home value
$637,200245% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,64173% higher than the US average
Home ownership
39%39% lower than the US average
Costa Mesa real estate or Costa Mesa rentals
C- Costa Mesa Schools HS graduation rate is 4% higher than California
High school grad. rates
83%equal to the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:11% higher than the US average
Costa Mesa K-12 schools
A Costa Mesa User Ratings There are a total of 6 ratings in Costa Mesa
Overall user rating
81% 6 total ratings
User reviews rating
80% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
81% 5 total surveys
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      Living in Costa Mesa, CA

      Costa Mesa is a mid-sized city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 112,439 people. In Costa Mesa, there are 7,151 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. According to the most recent Census, 69% of Costa Mesa residents are White, 9% Asian and 2% Black. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Costa Mesa are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 29% of the population also speak Spanish. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 72% of the population considered married and 56% with kids under the age of 18, Costa Mesa could be considered a very suitable city for families.

      Living in Costa Mesa can be a fulfilling experience for anyone relocating to the city. Having said that, in the state of California, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in Costa Mesa and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, education, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the California and national averages.

      Costa Mesa has a livability score of 66/100 and is ranked #586 in California and #15,982 in the USA. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Costa Mesa has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+) and weather (A+). There is at least one category that did not score well in Costa Mesa. The following was graded with a disappointing score: crime (D-), cost of living (F) and education (F).

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Costa Mesa, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Costa Mesa: Orange County Performing Arts Center, South Coast Plaza, and Tewinkle Park.

      Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Costa Mesa is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Costa Mesa come in at $637,200, which is 55.7% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Costa Mesa, the home price to income ratio is 9.1, which is 42.2% higher than the California average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Costa Mesa were 3.8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 6.9%.

      Costa Mesa transportation information

      StatisticCosta MesaCaliforniaNational
      Average one way commute22min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work77.2%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.8%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit2.7%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.6%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.3%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home5.5%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Costa Mesa, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).