Costa Mesa 62 Average
Costa Mesa Livability #490 ranked city in California#15,092 ranked city in the USARanks better than 48% of areas

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      Living in Costa Mesa, CA

      Costa Mesa is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 112,439 residents. With a population density of 7,151 people per square mile, Costa Mesa is well above the nation's average density level. If we look at the most recent Census, Costa Mesa is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and 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.

      Are you trying to figure out if living in Costa Mesa is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a good experience before moving to any new city in California, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Several key factors deserve attention. For one, safety is paramount, ensuring that your new area is low in crime is key. Proximity to workplaces or schools minimizes commute times and fosters convenience. Access to essential amenities like parks, grocery stores, food, fitness, shops and healthcare facilities enhances daily life. Efficient public transportation options provide mobility and connectivity. The sense of community creates a welcoming and supportive environment. Lastly, the overall atmosphere, encompassing the vibe, aesthetics, and lifestyle offerings, contributes to a fulfilling living experience. Considering these elements helps identify the ideal neighborhood for your needs and preferences. Finding the best places to live in Costa Mesa and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes crime, cost of living, commute, health & safety, education and other important metrics.

      Costa Mesa, CA receives 62 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #490 in California and #15,092 in the USA. If we check out each of the categories on their own, we see that Costa Mesa ranks well for amenities (B) and employment (A+). There are some categories that Costa Mesa does not rank well for, including: crime (D-). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, shops, etc., Costa Mesa has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Orange County Performing Arts Center, South Coast Plaza, and Lyon Air Museum.

      Costa Mesa real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Costa Mesa. 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.

      Costa Mesa transportation information

      Statistic Costa Mesa California National
      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).