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, La Mesa has a low population density. La Mesa is perfect for those who want to be in the city without constantly rubbing shoulders.
La 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 8/10, it’s no surprise why so many people choose to live here.
Population density is a way of determining how crowded an area is. La Mesa has a population density of 5,968, with 55,284 current residents.
Out of the 55,284 current residents, 47% are male and 53% are female. 48% of the residents are married and 52% are single.
- 72% Sun
- 13% Rain
- 0% Snow
64°F average temperature
- 42 years Median home age
- $306,600 Median home price
- -8.86% Home appreciation rate
- 7.35% Annual property tax
As for living in La Mesa, the air quality is 5% and the weather, on average, is 72% sunny, 13% rainy, and 0% snowy. The average temperature is 64°F.
Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in La Mesa, you should know that 45.3% of homes are owned while 51.6% of homes are rented, and 3.2% of homes are vacant. The median price of a home is $306,600, the median age of homes is 42 years, the annual home appreciation is -8.86% and the annual property tax is 7.35%.
Crime rate (per 100,000)5
When looking at the community of La Mesa, it’s important to determine the crime rate. La Mesa’s crime rate is 5 total number of crimes reported per 100,000 total population. The average age of residents in La Mesa is 39 years and the breakdown of political affiliations is 54.15% Democratic, 43.95% Republican, and 1.90% Independent.
Student teacher ratio 1:22
Management, Business, Art & Sciences
Sales & Office Occupations
Production, Transportation & Material Moving
Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
89%High school diploma
9%Some college or associates degree
9%Graduate or professional degree
When looking at La Mesa, it’s important to understand employment statistics. 8.80% of residents are unemployed in La Mesa (which does not include the percentage of residents who are no longer in the labor force). Of the employed La Mesa residents: 13.8% of employed residents work in the management and business field, 23.13% are in the arts and sciences field, 15.5% are in the customer service field, 30.7% are in the sales field, 0.14% work in farming, fishing, and forestry, 8.6% of employed residents work in the construction field, and 8.2% 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 89.41%, 8.50% of residents have an associate’s degree, 18.24% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 9.35% have a master’s degree.
Average commute time
Daily breakdown: by transport type
Work at home
If you plan on commuting to work in La Mesa, you should be aware that the average commute time is 26 minutes, compared to the national average commute time of 26 minutes. When it comes to commuting, residents of La Mesa have a few different options. 80% of commuters use their own cars, 10% of commuters carpool, 3% of commuters use the transit system, and 4% of residents work from home.