A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$606,900
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,570
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    62%
  • Own
    38%

Costa Mesa Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    185
    273
  • Murder
    1
    6
  • Rape
    47
    41
  • Robbery
    108
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    615
    525
  • Theft
    3,135
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    412
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$66,459
National
$53,889
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%
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Costa Mesa Reviews

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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!
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I recently moved to the area of Costa Mesa in order to attend Orange Coast College. First off, I would like to say what a beautiful and spectacular area this is. I am fifteen minutes maximum away from a variety of beaches, the schools here are spectacular, and the homes always leave me in awe. The city is extremely clean and there are so many job opportunities here. Even though this looks and feels like an extremely safe area, there always seems to be an accident or cops dealing with situations that seem pretty ugly. However, I prefer seeing jobs doing their job than feeling unsafe in this city. Love calling this city home!
Overall, Costa Mesa is a great city. Location is only minutes away from the beaches and there is nearby access to all major freeways. The community is just fine, for the most part. However, there is a major issue with homelessness, drug addiction, crime and sky-rocketing rent in the neighborhood I reside in within Costa Mesa. The sad part, a huge contributor of the homelessness and drug addiction population are the drug & alcohol treatment centers and half-way houses nearby who do not run their businesses in an ethical manner and those inflicted with addiction are not getting the proper treatment they deserve.