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.
La Mesa is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.59% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. 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 (13.50%), management occupations (10.85%), and sales jobs (10.64%).
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 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: 35.63% of adults in La Mesa have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in La Mesa in 2010 was $31,993, 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 $127,972 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 26.02% 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 15.31% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in La Mesa is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.