Living in La Mesa, CA

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Updated: 2020-03-10

La Mesa SnackAbility

8.5
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
7/10
Housing
9.5
Affordability
3
Diversity
9.5
Safety
6
Amenities
10
Education
8.5
Commute
7

La Mesa, CA Crime Report

1,209
Total Crimes
2,000.3
Total Crimes / 100k People
-22.12%
Below National Average

La Mesa, CA Cost Of Living

140
La Mesa's Overall Cost Of Living
1.4x
Higher Than The National Average

La Mesa, California Info Snack

La Mesa is a city in Southern California, located 9 miles (14 km) east of Downtown San Diego in San Diego County. The population was 57,065 at the 2010 census, up from 54,749 at the 2000 census. Its civic motto is "the Jewel of the Hills."
Population
59,562
Unemployment
6.8%
Poverty
12.0%
Median Home
$491,900
Median Income
$63,947
Median Rent
$1,449

La Mesa, CA Photos

Rankings for La Mesa in California

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Map Of La Mesa, CA

Population over time in La Mesa

Year Population % Change
2017 59,562 0.1%
2016 59,479 0.6%
2015 59,125 0.5%
2014 58,858 1.1%
2013 58,239 1.0%
2012 57,681 0.9%
2011 57,182 0.8%
2010 56,722 0.8%
2009 56,250 -
Crime/100k La Mesa CA USA
Violent Crime 264.7 447.4 368.9
Murder 1.7 4.4 5.0
Robbery 110.9 137.3 86.2
Aggravated Assault 130.7 266.5 246.8
Property Crime 1735.5 2380.4 2199.5
Burglary 259.8 416.2 376.0
Larceny 1257.4 1571.8 1594.6
Car Theft 218.4 392.4 228.9

Race / Ethnicity in La Mesa

White
55.5% (33,071)
African American
7.1% (4,209)
American Indian
0.1% (41)
Asian
6.5% (3,891)
Hawaiian
0.3% (156)
Other
0.1% (36)
Two Or More
4.6% (2,749)
Hispanic
25.9% (15,409)
Race La Mesa CA USA
White 55.5% 37.5% 61.1%
African American 7.1% 5.5% 12.3%
American Indian 0.1% 0.4% 0.7%
Asian 6.5% 14.1% 5.4%
Hawaiian 0.3% 0.4% 0.2%
Other 0.1% 0.2% 0.2%
Two Or More 4.6% 3.0% 2.4%
Hispanic 25.9% 38.9% 17.8%

Household Income For La Mesa, California

Less than $10,000
4.1% (246,704)
$10,000 to $14,999
5.2% (307,039)
$15,000 to $24,999
7.8% (467,077)
$25,000 to $34,999
9.0% (535,848)
$35,000 to $49,999
12.3% (734,234)
$50,000 to $74,999
17.8% (1,061,981)
$75,000 to $99,999
15.5% (921,884)
$100,000 to $149,999
16.8% (1,002,670)
$150,000 to $199,999
6.0% (356,635)
$200,000 or more
5.4% (322,122)
Income La Mesa CA USA
Less than $10,000 4.1% 5.1% 6.3%
$10,000 to $14,999 5.2% 4.4% 4.6%
$15,000 to $24,999 7.8% 8.0% 9.3%
$25,000 to $34,999 9.0% 7.9% 9.3%
$35,000 to $49,999 12.3% 10.9% 12.6%
$50,000 to $74,999 17.8% 15.9% 17.5%
$75,000 to $99,999 15.5% 12.3% 12.5%
$100,000 to $149,999 16.8% 16.2% 14.6%
$150,000 to $199,999 6.0% 8.3% 6.3%
$200,000 or more 5.4% 11.0% 7.0%

Gender in La Mesa

Female
52.3% (31,180)
Male
47.7% (28,382)
Gender La Mesa CA USA
Female 52.3% 50.3% 50.8%
Male 47.7% 49.7% 49.2%

Highest level of educational attainment in La Mesa for adults over 25

< 9th Grade
4.0% (2,382)
9-12th Grade
5.0% (2,978)
High School / GED
19.0% (11,316)
Some College
28.0% (16,677)
Associate's Degree
8.0% (4,764)
Bachelor's Degree
23.0% (13,699)
Master's Degree
10.0% (5,956)
Professional Degree
2.0% (1,191)
Doctorate Degree
1.0% (595)
Education La Mesa CA USA
< 9th Grade 4.0% 9.0% 6.0%
9-12th Grade 5.0% 8.0% 7.0%
High School / GED 19.0% 21.0% 27.0%
Some College 28.0% 21.0% 21.0%
Associate's Degree 8.0% 8.0% 8.0%
Bachelor's Degree 23.0% 21.0% 19.0%
Master's Degree 10.0% 8.0% 9.0%
Professional Degree 2.0% 2.0% 2.0%
Doctorate Degree 1.0% 2.0% 1.0%

1 Reviews & Comments About La Mesa

Overall User Rating
4.0
/5

HomeSnacks User

The crime is relatively low for the region. It is a safe and quiet community.

La Mesa Performing Arts Academy is an excellent school, and has received numerous awards from the state of California. Their music program is excellent.

Helix Charter High School is a college preparatory school, and is the alma mater of football greats Alex Smith and Reggie Bush. Classes are on a block schedule, and students have the ability to cross-enroll at local colleges for graduation credits.

Brew Coffee Spot is a great place to get a cup of coffee. Centifonti's restaurant has a variety of menu items, including draft beer, sweets, and gelato. These items are made fresh daily.

Housing costs are high, but La Mesa is minutes from the ocean.

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