This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.
This score adds annual household income and cost of living to the city rating.
Density (Population per mile²)
Compared to New York, Costa Mesa has a low population density. Costa Mesa is perfect for those who want to be in the city without constantly rubbing shoulders.
Costa Mesa, CA is a great place to live. It has its pros and cons like any city, but with a quality of life rating of 9/10 and an overall value of 9/10, it’s no surprise why so many people choose to live here.
Population density is a way of determining how crowded an area is. Costa Mesa has a population density of 7,019, with 109,707 current residents.
Out of the 109,707 current residents, 51% are male and 49% are female. 49% of the residents are married and 51% are single.
- 75% Sun
- 11% Rain
- 0% Snow
59°F average temperature
- 38 years Median home age
- $470,050 Median home price
- -0.6% Home appreciation rate
- 7.36% Annual property tax
As for living in Costa Mesa, the air quality is 4% and the weather, on average, is 75% sunny, 11% rainy, and 0% snowy. The average temperature is 59°F.
Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in Costa Mesa, you should know that 38.4% of homes are owned while 58.3% of homes are rented, and 3.3% of homes are vacant. The median price of a home is $470,050, the median age of homes is 38 years, the annual home appreciation is -0.60% and the annual property tax is 7.36%.
Crime rate (per 100,000)3
When looking at the community of Costa Mesa, it’s important to determine the crime rate. Costa Mesa’s crime rate is 3 total number of crimes reported per 100,000 total population. The average age of residents in Costa Mesa is 36 years and the breakdown of political affiliations is 47.63% Democratic, 50.19% Republican, and 2.17% Independent.
Student teacher ratio 1:22
Management, Business, Art & Sciences
Sales & Office Occupations
Production, Transportation & Material Moving
Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
79%High school diploma
9%Some college or associates degree
8%Graduate or professional degree
When looking at Costa Mesa, it’s important to understand employment statistics. 8.60% of residents are unemployed in Costa Mesa (which does not include the percentage of residents who are no longer in the labor force). Of the employed Costa Mesa residents: 16.2% of employed residents work in the management and business field, 19.57% are in the arts and sciences field, 16.9% are in the customer service field, 29.9% are in the sales field, 0.31% work in farming, fishing, and forestry, 7.6% of employed residents work in the construction field, and 9.5% work in production. When it comes to education, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:22. The percentage of residents who have graduated high school is 78.55%, 8.64% of residents have an associate’s degree, 20.43% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 8.18% have a master’s degree.
Average commute time
Daily breakdown: by transport type
Work at home
If you plan on commuting to work in Costa Mesa, you should be aware that the average commute time is 25 minutes, compared to the national average commute time of 26 minutes. When it comes to commuting, residents of Costa Mesa have a few different options. 74% of commuters use their own cars, 13% of commuters carpool, 5% of commuters use the transit system, and 4% of residents work from home.