Costa Mesa 62 Average
Costa Mesa Livability #525 ranked city in California#16,102 ranked city in the USARanks better than 45% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in Costa Mesa

  • Employment

    The combination of higher than average median home income, income per capita and low unemployment rates results in a score that is well above average in the employment category.

  • Ratings

    Local residents have positive things to say about the proximity of restaurants, grocery stores, parks, public transit, friendliness of neighbors, sense of community and overall safety of the area.

  • Commute

    Public transportation is not readily available in this area and the average commute time to work could also be longer than the national average.

  • Cost Of Living

    Based on the most recent cost of living data, this area is more expensive to live in. You can expect to pay more for everyday goods and services, housing, groceries and utilities.

  • Crime

    This area is reporting high crime rates per 100,000 people and could signify that it is a dangerous place to live. Crime rates include both violent and property crimes.

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What's it like Living in Costa Mesa?

Costa Mesa is a moderately-sized city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 112,958 residents. With a population density of 7,146 people per square mile, Costa Mesa is well above the nation's average density level. At 66%, the majority of the Costa Mesa population is White; this is followed by 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. Costa Mesa is very likely to be a great place to live for singles as only 48%, of the population (over fifteen) are classified as married. Long travel times to work can be one of the most frustrating things in the world - right behind housework! If you decide that living in Costa Mesa is the right fit for you, your one way commute time will average 23 minutes, which is about average when compared to the national commute time of 26 minutes.

Whether you’re relocating to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Costa Mesa could be a positive experience compared to other cities in California if you know where to look. Don't forget to determine what matters most to you in a neighborhood. Consider factors such as safety, proximity to work or school, access to amenities (like parks, fitness facilities, grocery stores, restaurants), public transportation options, community atmosphere and the overall vibe you're looking for. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, cost of living, education, you can easily compare the best places to live in Costa Mesa and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Costa Mesa to California and the national average.

Costa Mesa has a livability score of 63 out of 100 and is ranked #477 in California and #12,997 in the USA. Based on the rankings for each individual category, Costa Mesa has received high marks for amenities (B), education (B) and employment (A+). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Costa Mesa. The following was graded with a disappointing score: crime (D-) and cost of living (F).

The mantra of real estate, "location, location, location," underscores the importance of where a property is situated, making it a pivotal factor in your quest for a new home. Fortunately, when you're living in Costa Mesa, you'll discover an abundance of exceptional local amenities and lots of things to do. Among these are conveniently located grocery stores, charming coffee shops, diverse dining options and plenty of spacious parks. These local amenities contribute significantly to its overall appeal, ensuring that your daily needs are met and offering ample opportunities for leisure and recreation. When considering your next move, the thriving local scene in Costa Mesa undoubtedly enhances its desirability, affirming the significance of its prime location. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Costa Mesa: Orange County Performing Arts Center, South Coast Plaza, and Lyon Air Museum.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are attainable, we'll need to know if the real estate in Costa Mesa is actually affordable. The median home price for Costa Mesa homes is $807,000, which is 97.2% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Costa Mesa, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 8.9, which is 39.1% higher than the California average.

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      Costa Mesa transportation information

      Statistic Costa Mesa California National
      Average one way commute23min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work73.2%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool7.7%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit2.0%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.2%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.4%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home11.3%5.4%4.6%
      Source: The Costa Mesa, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).