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Central Costa Mesa is a neighborhood in Costa Mesa, California with a population of 26,938. Central Costa Mesa is in Orange County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Central Costa Mesa offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Central Costa Mesa there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Central Costa Mesa and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Central Costa Mesa are highly rated.
About Central Costa Mesa...
Population
26,938

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$378,520
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,757
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    69%
  • Own
    31%
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Central Costa Mesa Rankings

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

Crime & Safety

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

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$74,187
National
$55,322
Children
14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%
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I have lived in this area for about 6 months, it is a suburban area with average size houses and a mix of apartment complex's not far, most people here own a home especially on Avalon St. Unfortunately the worst thing about my neighborhood is the abundance of homeless around. The homeless bring up crime and make your neighborhood less valuable. A mission I have to make my neighborhood a better place is to help the homeless and help clean up our streets! I have many ideas for this and hope to one day be able to help neighborhoods and people all around!
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Previously I mentioned the homeless in my neighborhood directly effects the crime and safety statistics. I think having a developed urban neighborhood in such close quarters to shopping plazas and urban city sprawls directly influences the impact on the homeless community and the feeling of abandonment by society can stir a pot we have no current solution for. I hope to one day make a huge dent in the communities by really getting the help out there to those in need of it. It will cut down on crime and imprisonment and help develop people that can once again contribute to society and get off the streets!
There is a police and fire station less than 3 minutes from my own house, and within the City of Costa Mesa they are very good about reacting to emergencies. There have been several home invasions recently, but the police, helicopters, and search dogs came to the scene instantly. The bus system and public transportation is sufficient; I have used it on occasion and can say it is relatively easy to learn. Street sweeping is a very nice weekly public service, but a recent complaint of my own neighborhood is that many neighbors park on each other's streets so that they get their own curbs cleaned, but the neighbor of whom they parked doesn't get theirs cleaned! Other than that trivial neighborhood complaint, the local representatives and laws are very relevant and appropriate for our city. One thing that does need more funding and attention is care for the homeless. Our neighborhood parks are becoming uncomfortable with how many people live there, and while individuals may give them personal donations, it is a sad financial hardship on many people of our community.