La Mesa

Population: 59,125Median home value: $421,200 73 Ranks better than 66% of areas
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A+ La Mesa Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F La Mesa Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% lower than California
La Mesa
13838% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
La Mesa cost of living
B La Mesa Crime Total crime is 24% lower than California
Total crime
2,23918% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4518% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-31%Year over year crime is down
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
D+ 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
45%8% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
22:136% higher than the US average
La Mesa K-12 schools or La Mesa colleges

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%.

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Compare La Mesa, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around La Mesa, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Wooded Area, San Diego8213.87,369
Carmel Valley, San Diego8215.739,559
Sabre Springs, San Diego8113.314,559
University City, San Diego7912.650,132
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
San Carlos, San Diego792.814,460
Del Cerro, San Diego7836,238
La Jolla Village, San Diego7813.86,108
Mira Mesa, San Diego7811.971,228

Best Cities Near La Mesa, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Solana Beach, CA8520.613,312
Del Mar, CA8119.34,312
Encinitas, CA802462,160
Coronado, CA801124,852
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Carlsbad, CA7932.9112,008
Granite Hills, CA787.23,071
Rancho Santa Fe, CA7820.42,763
Mount Laguna, CA7735.413

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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).
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