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    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-
La Mesa is a suburb of San Diego with a population of 59,125. La Mesa is in San Diego County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in La Mesa offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In La Mesa there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in La Mesa and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in La Mesa are above average.
About La Mesa...
Population
59,125

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$421,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,312
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    59%
  • Own
    41%
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La 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
    198
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    25
    41
  • Robbery
    92
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    554
    500
  • Theft
    1,826
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    371
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$56,693
National
$55,322
Children
17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%
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Pros: I agree with another reviewer saying that it’s a city with a rural vibe, extremely quiet, clean and well kept, small population so there is never a long wait at grocery stores, easy parking virtually everywhere, lake Murray is amazing, and Cowles mountain is great.

Cons: this city comprises of mostly old white folks. My husband and I are young professionals and are of the minority who aren’t white, and I’ve experienced racist and/or condescending remarks too many times to count in the mere 5 years that we’ve lived here. It’s been a slight shock especially for growing up in LA and have never once encountered a racist experience.

Overall, a great quiet, affordable, safe area not too far from downtown. Takes me about 15-20 minutes to get to work. Not sure about raising a family here, probably will move somewhere more diverse, but definitely family friendly with acceptable schools.
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For indulging the palate, La Mesa has great places to offer; great thai food, Italian restaurants, and awesome coffee and brunch shops. Downtown La Mesa is also the place to go for certain festivals like Oktoberfest, where you can find great food, beer and local art, all while having a great time. In addition, there are always various summer concerts at Griffin Park, which are perfect to take out the grill and bring out family and friends to have a good time. Grossmont Center Mall also hosts open air concerts and movie nights, where popcorn and raffles are always part of the fun. La Mesa is a very nice city, and the only improvements I would like to see would be in the construction schedules. There are always street constructions going on and, unfortunately, they can begin very early in the morning and can be disturbing at times. Nevertheless, I would recommend anyone to live in La Mesa, it is a good place to enjoy a living!
I've lived in several locations throughout San Diego, California. La Mesa has to be my favorite place to reside in. It's very centralized to everything for example it takes only 15mins to go to big tourist attractions, such as Downtown, Little Italy, Kearny Mesa, La Jolla, Chula Vista, El Cajon. Besides the location in relation to tourist attractions, I reside next the San Diego State University. I can always go to the university to study with friends, or attend local gatherings around the neighborhood. Everyone is really nice and outgoing here,I would recommend an outsider to live here.