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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
  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 112,439. 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 above average.
About Costa Mesa...
Population
112,439

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$637,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,641
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
    181
    283
  • Murder
    1
    6
  • Rape
    47
    41
  • Robbery
    127
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    646
    500
  • Theft
    2,896
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    509
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$70,438
National
$55,322
Children
17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

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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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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!
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!