Key findings

  • La Mesa has a Livability Score of 72/100, which is considered excellent
  • La Mesa crime rates are 29% lower than the California average
  • Cost of living in La Mesa is equal to the California average
  • La Mesa real estate prices are 3% higher than the California average
  • Rental prices in La Mesa are 1% higher than the California average

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      Top Rated Schools in La Mesa

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      College Preparatory Middle School5 - 823075%
      Murray Manor ElementaryKG - 878654%
      Parkway Middle School7 - 873754%
      Helix High9 - 122,44554%
      La Mesa Arts Academy7 - 895053%
      Lemon Avenue ElementaryKG - 665652%
      Maryland Avenue ElementaryKG - 641045%
      Rolando ElementaryKG - 656144%
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      I really like La Mesa

      I'm a San Diego native and I always enjoyed going to La Mesa, its such a quaint area. Cosmos Cafe is probably my all time favorite coffee shop and I really miss it after moving away from the city. Out of all the towns in SD I would definitely consider living here. It's probably expensive but then again so is all of San Diego. Great place to visit for the day. They have a lot of mom and pop stores, cafes, and restaurants that you won't see elsewhere. Its just a cute area, I can't really explain it! It is on the smaller side though, it doesn't have a "city" vibe or anything like that.
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      I have lived in La Mesa, CA for a few years now. The weather is what brought me to this wonderful city because it is warm here year round. The people are part of the reason that I decided to stay because this is one of the friendliest cities you can visit. This is a great place for all ages too. There are many fun activities to do such as visiting the La Mesa Depot Museum or the La Mesa Village Farmer's Market. The La Mesa Walkway of the Stars is another interesting place to visit too.

      There are plenty of nice places to shop in this area along with some really good restaurants like the Village Garden Restaurant. You can find big chain attractions and also many locally owned businesses that offer unique items. The Grossmont Center is a nice place to shop or eat. You can visit Hooley's Irish Pub and enjoy live music on the weekends or take the kids to Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza.

      La Mesa also holds an annual festival called Oktoberfest throughout October. In the summertime, car enthusiasts can enjoy a classic car show weekly. There is always something going on in this city, but it is still a quiet and nice place to live. If you are looking for a family friendly city that is safe and welcoming, then you should consider moving to La Mesa California. If you do not want to move here, then be sure and visit this city at least once. It really is a fun and relaxing type of place.
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      Source: The La Mesa, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).