La Mesa is a tiny town located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 739 people and just one neighborhood, La Mesa is the 98th largest community in New Mexico.
Occupations and Workforce
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, La Mesa is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 39.14% of the La Mesa workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, La Mesa is a town of service providers, sales and office workers and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in La Mesa who work in healthcare suport services (13.76%), sales jobs (12.23%) and office and administrative support (11.62%).
A relatively large number of people in La Mesa telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.95% 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
La Mesa is a very car-oriented town. 98.67% of residents commute to work in a private automobile rather than by other means, such as public transit, bicycling, or walking. This is because La Mesa is a small town , and most people who live here have to drive out of town for work, and the town population is not large nor dense enough to support an extensive public transportation system. La Mesa has a lot of rural roads, and houses can be far apart. Many residents drive out of town for regular shopping trips as well.
La Mesa is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.