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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A-
Costa Mesa is a city in California with a population of 112,930. Costa Mesa is in Orange County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Costa Mesa offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Costa Mesa there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Costa Mesa and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Costa Mesa are highly rated.
About Costa Mesa...
Population
112,930

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$671,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,722
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    61%
  • Own
    39%
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Costa Mesa Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    151
    282.7
  • Murder
    0.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    53.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    113
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    547.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,788.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    459.1
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    21%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

Working in Costa Mesa

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$75,109
National
$55,322
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Costa Mesa Reviews

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Living in Costa Mesa is not only convenient, but it is fun and extremely safe! While the cost of living tends to be on the more expensive side, you get what you pay for: a clean, safe, active, easily-accessible, not-too-overpopulated place to call your home! Since moving to Orange County to finish my bachelors degree, I have never thought to live elsewhere. Bonus, it’s only 10-15 minutes away from the beach!
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I absolutely love living in Costa Mesa! I feel that regardless of the area in Costa mesa that you find yourself in, there is always a sense of calmness and safety. The worst thing at times, but that is understandable, is the traffic after work hours during the main streets.
Costa Mesa has been home to me on and off for the past 25 years. There is plenty to do in this city; from summer time fun at the OC fair to pumpkin patches off of Harbor Blvd in the fall. Costa Mesa is very family friendly with numerous schools, restaurants, and beaches close by. This city also has a great night life for adults, young and old alike, which makes living here exciting year round. Weather you are here for business, pleasure, or living, Costa Mesa has plenty to offer any type of person!