Costa Mesa, CA
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Living in Costa Mesa


Costa Mesa is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 113,003 people and 24 constituent neighborhoods, Costa Mesa is the 54th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Costa Mesa are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.

Costa Mesa is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.72% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Costa Mesa is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Costa Mesa who work in management occupations (13.23%), sales jobs (12.54%), and office and administrative support (9.62%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.96% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 that you will notice about Costa Mesa is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Costa Mesa a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

Costa Mesa is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 40.34% of adults in Costa Mesa have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Costa Mesa in 2018 was $41,136, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $164,544 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 35.64% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Costa Mesa include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Costa Mesa's cultural character, accounting for 24.99% of the city’s population.

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