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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
16666% 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
D Costa Mesa Crime Total crime is 28% higher than California
Total crime
3,61740% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2840% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-18%Year over year crime is down
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
F Costa Mesa Schools HS graduation rate is 4% higher than California
High school grad. rates
83%equal to the US average
School test scores
38%22% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:11% higher than the US average
Costa Mesa K-12 schools or Costa Mesa colleges

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%.

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Compare Costa Mesa, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Costa Mesa, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Great Park, Irvine8610.7185
Park Estates, Long Beach8114.82,646
Turtle Rock, Irvine81610,223
Oak Creek, Irvine817.811,939
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Woodbridge, Irvine806.525,315
Northwood Point, Irvine809.84,857
University Park, Irvine805.88,436
West Park, Irvine805.623,037

Best Cities Near Costa Mesa, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Marina del Rey, CA8537.89,782
Hermosa Beach, CA853119,726
Manhattan Beach, CA8431.935,573
San Marino, CA8433.613,324
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
South Pasadena, CA8333.725,936
Newport Beach, CA833.486,813
Laguna Woods, CA831116,347
Irvine, CA828.2246,992

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Costa Mesa - Not The Typical Southern California Beach City

Located near the ocean, Costa Mesa's mild climate is delightful during all months of the year. Being a gun collector, I travel to Costa Mesa quite often to visit the Crossroads of the West Gun Show. The show is filled with vendors and individuals selling guns, accessories and many other intriguing novelties. For the gun collector or appreciator, this show is an absolute must. Admission is slightly high, but there are several buildings packed with great deals for rare treasures.

One of my top five favorite restaurants in all of the Los Angeles area is Maggiano's Little Italy in Costa Mesa. Menu selections are all very scrumptious, but I recommend the crab cakes. I have never tasted a better crab cake in my entire life. Service at this Costa Mesa restaurant is impeccable, the premises are spotlessly clean and the menu offers choices to suit every person's tastes. The staff remind me of the staff one would find in a small restaurant in Italy, being very friendly, hospitable and accommodating. Visitors to the city of Costa Mesa must stop at the famous Newport Beach. In my opinion, this beach is truly one of the most beautiful beaches in Southern California.
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Source: The Costa Mesa, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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