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Overview

Introduction to Costa Mesa California

Incorporated in 1953, Costa Mesa is a city located in Orange County in Southern California. Costa Mesa is approximately 45 minutes southeast of Los Angeles, 20 minutes south of Anaheim, 5 minutes east of Newport Beach and an hour and a half northwest of San Diego. Costa Mesa's southernmost border is only one mile from the Pacific Ocean. Costa Mesa is also only 10 minutes from the John Wayne Orange County Airport.

The area that is now Costa Mesa was originally used as grazing land by Mission San Juan Capistrano. Early attempts to settle the area in the 1880s failed. Costa Mesa started as the Town of Harper, which changed its name to Costa Mesa in 1920. Costa Mesa means coastal tableland in Spanish

Costa Mesa Arts, Culture, and Entertainment

Costa Mesa residents can take advantage of all of the arts and entertainment attractions of Anaheim and Los Angeles to the north, as well as San Diego to the south. Some of the attractions of note in and around Costa Mesa include:

  • The Ampitheater
  • The Aquarium of the Pacific
  • The Bowers Museum
  • Disneyland
  • Knott's Berry Farm
  • The Orange County Fairgrounds, home to the Orange County Fair every July
  • Orange County Fine Arts Inc. and the Showcase Gallery
  • The Orange County Museum of Art at South Coast Plaza
  • The Orange County Theatre District, home to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Orange County Performing Arts Center and the South Coast Repertory.
  • The Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace
  • The South Coast Repertory Theater

This part of Southern California has enough professional sports offerings to keep even the most demanding sports fans happy. Sports teams near Costa Mesa, include:

  • The Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League (AFL)
  • The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB)
  • Club Deportivo Chivas USA and the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer (MLS)
  • The Lake Elsinore Storm of Minor League Baseball (MiLB). The Storm are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the San Diego Padres
  • The Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA)
  • The Anaheim Mighty Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL)
  • The Los Angeles Storm, and Southern California Seahorses who play in the United Soccer League's (USL) Premier Development League
  • The Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA

For sports fans who do not mind an hour and a half drive south, the city of San Diego is also home to:

  • The Major League Baseball (MLB) San Diego Padres
  • The National Football League (NFL) San Diego Chargers
  • The ECHL Sand Diego Gulls hockey team
  • The United Soccer League (USL) USL Premier Development League San Diego Gauchos and the USL W-League San Diego Gauchos Women

People

Total Population 112,377
Male Share of the Population 51%
Female Share of the Population 49%
Senior Citizens 9.4%
Employed Population 16+ 60,667
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 41.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 37.5%
Median Earnings25+ $41,181
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,973
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,933

Wealth

Median Family Income $75,025
% Above Poverty Level 85.5%
% Below Poverty Level 14.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 5.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.2%
% Using Public Transportation 2.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 28%
Median Gross Rent $1,570
Median House Value $606,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 51%
US/American 0.3%
English 8.8%
Irish 9.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Costa Mesa Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 7 miles SW of Santa Ana, California
County Orange
Standard Zip Codes 92626, 92627
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92628
Phone Area Codes 949
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.641
Longitude -117.917

Costa Mesa Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station NEWPORT BEACH HARBOR
Distance 3.5 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 64 F
Apr Temp 54 to 66 F
Jul Temp 63 to 71 F
Oct Temp 59 to 71 F
Annual Precip 11.6 inches
Station LAGUNA BEACH
Distance 10 miles
Jan Temp 44 to 67 F
Apr Temp 49 to 71 F
Jul Temp 60 to 77 F
Oct Temp 55 to 76 F
Annual Precip 13.5 inches
Station TUSTIN IRVINE RANCH
Distance 10.5 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 68 F
Apr Temp 48 to 73 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 53 to 79 F
Annual Precip 13.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fountain Valley 56,696 $94,238
Huntington Beach 197,752 $98,162
Irvine 238,474 $111,471
Newport Beach 86,911 $154,456
Santa Ana 333,268 $50,439
Tustin 78,787 $77,019

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Costa Mesa Hospitals

COLLEGE HOSPITAL COSTA MESA
(Proprietary)
301 VICTORIA STREET
(714) 642-2734
Emergency Service: No

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Costa Mesa High Schools

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COSTA MESA HIGH
2650 FAIRVIEW ROAD
714-424-8700
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,924 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.8

O.C. COMMUNITY HOME EDUCATION PROGRAM
2910 REDHILL AVE. SUITE 200
714-327-1000
Serves 1,655 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 33.2

ESTANCIA HIGH
2323 PLACENTIA AVE.
949-515-6500
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,320 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.3

JUVENILE HALL/COMMUNITY
200 KALMUS DR.
714-966-4485
A Non-traditional School
Serves 1,139 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

SPECIAL EDUCATION
200 KALMUS DR.
714-966-4130
A Special Education School
Serves 600 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.8

MONTE VISTA HIGH (ALTER.)
380 MONTE VISTA AVE.
949-515-6900
A Non-traditional School
Serves 156 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26

BACK BAY HIGH (CONT.)
390 MONTE VISTA AVE.
949-515-6900
A Non-traditional School
Serves 99 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

ORANGE COAST MIDDLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL
2701 FAIRVIEW ROAD
714-432-5732
Serves 61 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.7

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