La Mesa is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 61,121 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, La Mesa is the 151st 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.
La Mesa is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, La Mesa is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in La Mesa who work in office and administrative support (12.73%), management occupations (10.94%), and sales jobs (8.78%).
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.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.49% 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 noticeable about La 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 La 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 La 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 La Mesa are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 37.09% of adults in La Mesa have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in La Mesa in 2018 was $36,775, 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 $147,100 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 24.69% 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 15.04% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in La Mesa is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.