La Mesa 75 Excellent
La Mesa Livability #237 ranked city in California#7,086 ranked city in the USARanks better than 75% of areas
A+ La Mesa Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F La Mesa Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% higher than California
La Mesa
14141% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
La Mesa cost of living
C+ La Mesa Crime Total crime is 21% lower than California
Total crime
2,04613% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4913% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
4%Year over year crime is up
La Mesa crime
D+ La Mesa Employment Household income is 11% lower than California
Median household income
$56,6932% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$31,2385% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%11% higher than the US average
La Mesa employment
C- La Mesa Housing Home value is 3% higher than California
Median home value
$421,200128% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,31238% higher than the US average
Home ownership
41%35% lower than the US average
La Mesa real estate or La Mesa rentals
B La Mesa Schools HS graduation rate is 12% higher than California
High school grad. rates
89%7% higher than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
22:136% higher than the US average
La Mesa K-12 schools
A+ La Mesa User Ratings There are a total of 12 ratings in La Mesa
Overall user rating
85% 12 total ratings
User reviews rating
90% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
82% 10 total surveys
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      Living in La Mesa, CA

      Located in the state of California, La Mesa is a moderately-sized city with a population of 59,125 inhabitants. La Mesa has a population density of 6,502 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. At 71%, the majority of the La Mesa population is White; this is followed by 8% Black and 6% Asian. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of La Mesa are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 14% of the population also speak Spanish.

      Living in La Mesa can be a positive experience for anyone moving to the town. Having said that, in the state of California, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, cost of living, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in La Mesa and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare La Mesa to California and the national average.

      With a livability score of 71 out of 100, La Mesa is ranked #9,763 in the United States and #348 in California. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that La Mesa has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+) and weather (A). La Mesa does not rank well for the following: cost of living (F). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in La Mesa, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

      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 available, most people will need to know if the real estate in La Mesa is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in La Mesa come in at $421,200, which is 2.9% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In La Mesa, the home price to income ratio is 7.4, which is 15.6% 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 La Mesa were 6.9%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8.1%.

      La Mesa transportation information

      StatisticLa MesaCaliforniaNational
      Average one way commute24min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work80.9%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool6.5%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit2.8%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.5%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.3%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home5.4%5.4%4.6%

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