La Mesa is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 59,556 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, La Mesa is the 150th largest community in California.
Housing costs in La 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.
Unlike some cities, La Mesa isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in La Mesa are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, La Mesa is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in La Mesa who work in office and administrative support (12.59%), management occupations (10.30%), and sales jobs (10.23%).
Also of interest is that La Mesa has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One thing that you will notice about La Mesa is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider La Mesa a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
The population of La Mesa is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 36.29% of adults in La Mesa have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in La Mesa in 2010 was $33,313, which is middle income relative to California, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $133,252 for a family of four. However, La Mesa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
La Mesa is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call La Mesa home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of La Mesa residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. La Mesa also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 25.87% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in La Mesa include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.
Foreign born people are also an important part of La Mesa's cultural character, accounting for 15.30% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in La Mesa is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.