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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
    B+
La Mesa is a suburb of San Diego with a population of 59,562. La Mesa is in San Diego County. Living in La Mesa offers residents an urban suburban mix 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
59,562

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$491,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,449
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    59%
  • Own
    41%
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La Mesa Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    130.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    21.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    110.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    259.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,257.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    218.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    20%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in La Mesa

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$63,947
National
$55,322
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La Mesa is an excellent neighborhood to raise a family. There are plenty of fun parks and good schools in the district. Every Friday there is a very impressive Farmer's Market along La Mesa Blvd that bring the whole neighborhood together. There is a surprising amount of health food vendors there, but everything I sampled from each booth was delicious! If you aren't much into street vendors, lining the street is a wide variety of restaurants, little shops, and antique stores. With such a low crime rate, La Mesa is a wonderful place that brings people together and reminds them what good food and time well spent is all about.
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I have lived and owned a business in La Mesa for 38 years now and have felt safe and prospered during that time. I feel like it is perfectly located within San Diego county as I can get to most areas within 15 minutes. Most everything I personally need is actually right here in town, which is really nice. I would love to see Costco put in a gas station (which I recently heard is happening) and I would love to see more walking trails intermingled throughout the city. Lake Murray, which is part of the Mission Trails Regional Park system here has 7 plus miles of paved pathways for biking, walking, dog walking etc. but I would love to see more. Our library is fantastic!
I grew up in the La Mesa California area and have traveled and stayed there during the 8 times I’ve visited this year.The La Mesa area is really nice and quiet has a mixture of everything, it’s a very clean neighborhood it’s patrolled by police a lot as well.Growing up there I attended La Mesa middle school and Helix Charter High school which were both really good schools.There are a lot of good restaurants, shopping centers and grocery stores located in the area which is good for people that are living there and raising a family.