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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

Demographics

People

Total Population112,439
Male Share of the Population51.1%
Female Share of the Population48.9%
Senior Citizens10%
Employed Population 16+61,430
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married42.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher37.4%
Median Earnings25+$41,448
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,408
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,496

Wealth

Median Family Income$76,851
% Above Poverty Level86.5%
% Below Poverty Level13.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home5.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.9%
% Using Public Transportation2.7%

Housing

People Living Alone26.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,641
Median House Value$637,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)50.9%
German12.4%
Irish9.2%
English8.8%
Italian5.7%
French Except Basque2.4%
Scottish2.1%
Norwegian1.9%
Swedish1.8%
Polish1.7%
Dutch1.4%
Russian1.2%
Arab0.8%
Welsh0.7%
Iranian0.5%
Portuguese0.5%
Greek0.4%
African0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Canadian0.4%
US/American0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Lebanese0.3%
Czech0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Romanian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Egyptian0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Cape Verdean0.1%
Basque0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Australian0.1%
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Costa Mesa Almanac

CategoryValue
County Orange County
Standard Zip Codes92626, 92627
P.O. Box Zip Codes92628
Phone Area Codes714
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude33.67
Approximate Longitude-117.9

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)

StationNEWPORT BEACH HARBOR
Distance3.5 miles
Jan Temp48 to 64 F
Apr Temp54 to 66 F
Jul Temp63 to 71 F
Oct Temp59 to 71 F
Annual Precip11.6 inches
StationLAGUNA BEACH
Distance10 miles
Jan Temp44 to 67 F
Apr Temp49 to 71 F
Jul Temp60 to 77 F
Oct Temp55 to 76 F
Annual Precip13.5 inches
StationTUSTIN IRVINE RANCH
Distance10.5 miles
Jan Temp41 to 68 F
Apr Temp48 to 73 F
Jul Temp60 to 84 F
Oct Temp53 to 79 F
Annual Precip13.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Fountain Valley56,670$95,223
Huntington Beach198,724$100,144
Irvine246,992$112,733
Newport Beach86,813$157,162
Santa Ana333,605$51,447
Tustin79,396$75,842

Costa Mesa Hospitals

College Hospital Costa Mesa
(Proprietary)
301 Victoria Street
Fairview Developmental Center
(Government - State)
2501 Harbor Boulevard

Costa Mesa Public Schools

Adams Elementary
2850 Club House Rd.
ZIP: 92626
Primary
Total Enrollment 427
California Elementary
3232 California Ave.
ZIP: 92626
Primary
Total Enrollment 430
Charles W. Tewinkle Middle
3224 California Ave.
ZIP: 92626
Middle
Total Enrollment 654
Coastline Rop
1001 Presidio Sq.
ZIP: 92626
High
College Park Elementary
2380 Notre Dame Rd.
ZIP: 92626
Primary
Total Enrollment 589
Costa Mesa High
2650 Fairview Rd.
ZIP: 92626
High
Total Enrollment 1779
Early College High
2990 Mesa Verde Dr.
ZIP: 92626
High
Total Enrollment 249
Killybrooke Elementary
3155 Killybrooke Ln.
ZIP: 92626
Primary
Total Enrollment 425
Magnolia Science Academy Santa Ana
102 Baker St. E.
ZIP: 92626
Other
Total Enrollment 160
Maude B. Davis Elementary
1050 Arlington Dr.
ZIP: 92626
Primary
Total Enrollment 569
Occs:chep/pchs
2910 Redhill Ave., Ste. 200
ZIP: 92626
Other
Total Enrollment 1343
Paularino Elementary
1060 Paularino Ave.
ZIP: 92626
Primary
Total Enrollment 444
Sonora Elementary
966 Sonora Rd.
ZIP: 92626
Primary
Total Enrollment 527
Back Bay High
390 Monte Vista Ave.
ZIP: 92627
High
Total Enrollment 175
Estancia High
2323 Placentia Ave.
ZIP: 92627
High
Total Enrollment 1335
Everett A. Rea Elementary
661 Hamilton St.
ZIP: 92627
Primary
Total Enrollment 502
Heinz Kaiser Elementary
2130 Santa Ana Ave.
ZIP: 92627
Primary
Total Enrollment 681
Monte Vista High
390 Monte Vista Ave.
ZIP: 92627
High
Total Enrollment 58
Pomona Elementary
2051 Pomona Ave.
ZIP: 92627
Primary
Total Enrollment 500
Victoria Elementary
1025 Victoria St.
ZIP: 92627
Primary
Total Enrollment 360
Whittier Elementary
1800 Whittier Ave.
ZIP: 92627
Primary
Total Enrollment 729
Wilson Elementary
801 Wilson St.
ZIP: 92627
Primary
Total Enrollment 526
Woodland Elementary
2025 Garden Ln.
ZIP: 92627
Primary
Total Enrollment 517
Access County Community
200 Kalmus Dr.
ZIP: 92628
Other
Total Enrollment 2747
Orange County Special Education
200 Kalmus Dr.
ZIP: 92628
High
Total Enrollment 438

Costa Mesa Private Schools

Christian Montessori School-costa Mesa
2950 Mcclintock Way
ZIP: 92626
Elementary
Total Enrollment 48
Giant Step Learning Center
758 Saint Clair St
ZIP: 92626
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
Kline School
1620 Adams Ave
ZIP: 92626
Elementary
Total Enrollment 40
Mariners Christian School
300 Fischer Ave
ZIP: 92626
Elementary
Total Enrollment 690
Montessori Christian School
2980 Mcclintock Way Ste H
ZIP: 92626
Elementary
Total Enrollment 75
Montessori Harbor Mesa School
3025 Deodar Ave
ZIP: 92626
Elementary
Total Enrollment 36
St John The Baptist Catholic School
1021 Baker St
ZIP: 92626
Elementary
Total Enrollment 593
Christ Lutheran School
760 Victoria St
ZIP: 92627
Elementary
Total Enrollment 155
Christian Montessori Academy-newport Preschool
2591 Irvine Ave
ZIP: 92627
Elementary
Total Enrollment 25
Page Private School - Newport Mesa
657 Victoria St
ZIP: 92627
Elementary
Total Enrollment 64
St Joachim Elementary School
1964 Orange Ave
ZIP: 92627
Elementary
Total Enrollment 283
The Waldorf School Of Orange County
2350 Canyon Dr
ZIP: 92627
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 303
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