La Mesa is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 60,721 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.
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.
A relatively large number of people in La Mesa telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.30% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.
Another interesting thing about La Mesa, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
The education level of La Mesa citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 37.77% of adults in La Mesa have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in La Mesa in 2018 was $39,469, which is upper middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $157,876 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 25.82% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in La Mesa include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in La Mesa is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.