Costa Mesa, CA
Real Estate & Demographic Data

Costa Mesa profile

Living in Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 111,918 people and 25 constituent neighborhoods, Costa Mesa is the 58th largest community in California.

Costa Mesa home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Costa Mesa real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Costa Mesa is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.41% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Costa Mesa is a city of sales and office workers, managers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Costa Mesa who work in management occupations (13.49%), sales jobs (13.32%), and office and administrative support (9.12%).

Of important note, Costa Mesa is also a city of artists. Costa Mesa has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Costa Mesa’s character.

Also of interest is that Costa Mesa has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 11.25% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

One thing noticeable about Costa Mesa, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Costa Mesa is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Costa Mesa a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

The citizens of Costa Mesa are among the most well-educated in the nation: 41.07% of adults in Costa Mesa have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Costa Mesa in 2018 was $44,291, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $177,164 for a family of four. However, Costa Mesa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Costa Mesa is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Costa Mesa home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Costa Mesa residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Costa Mesa also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 36.36% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Costa Mesa include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.

In addition, Costa Mesa has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (24.72%).

The most common language spoken in Costa Mesa is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.