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Overview

Introduction to La Mesa, California

The California city of La Mesa is located in San Diego County, about 11 miles east of the City of San Diego and about 25 miles from the Mexican border. It is bordered by El Cajon (to the northeast), Spring Valley (to the southeast) and Lemon Grove (to the south). Major thoroughfares servicing the city include Interstate I-8 and California State Highways 94 and 125.

La Mesa History

Founded in 1869, La Mesa was originally part of a large ranch owned and operated by Robert Allison. When water and rail transportation appeared in the area in the late 19th century, a land boom ensued and the town of La Mesa was established. Incorporated in 1912, La Mesa has evolved from a sleepy farming community into today's dynamic metropolitan area while retaining its spectacular natural beauty.

La Mesa Points of Interest

La Mesa has 14 parks, a municipal pool and a golf course. Recreational spots nearby include Lake Murray, a very popular venue for hiking, bicycling, jogging, roller blading, boating, fishing and picnicking, along with Mission Trails Regional Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country encompassing over 5,000 acres of both natural and developed recreational space. Visitors and residents of La Mesa can enjoy a blast from the past every Thursday from June through August at the city's Thursday Night Car Show. The summer event, which draws spectators numbering in the thousands, features live music, shopping, dining and a weekly classic car contest. A Friday afternoon tradition in La Mesa is the weekly La Mesa Village Farmers Market, where shoppers can select from fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, organically grown produce, breads, preserves and many other specialties.

Demographics

People

Total Population59,125
Male Share of the Population48.4%
Female Share of the Population51.6%
Senior Citizens14.8%
Employed Population 16+28,410
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married43.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher35.4%
Median Earnings25+$40,346
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$26,819
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,260

Wealth

Median Family Income$71,077
% Above Poverty Level88%
% Below Poverty Level12%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home5.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.8%
% Using Public Transportation2.8%

Housing

People Living Alone32.1%
Median Gross Rent$1,312
Median House Value$421,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)46.3%
German13.9%
Irish10.4%
English9%
Italian6.3%
French Except Basque3.5%
Scottish2.5%
Polish2.1%
Norwegian1.7%
Swedish1.6%
Dutch1.4%
Russian1%
Danishn0.8%
Portuguese0.7%
Iranian0.7%
Welsh0.7%
Greek0.5%
Ukrainian0.5%
Swiss0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
Canadian0.4%
Arab0.4%
African0.4%
US/American0.3%
Czech0.3%
Romanian0.3%
Finnish0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Serbian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
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La Mesa Almanac

CategoryValue
County San Diego County
Standard Zip Codes91941, 91942
P.O. Box Zip Codes91943, 91944
Phone Area Codes619
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude32.76
Approximate Longitude-117

La 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)

StationLA MESA
Distance0.3 miles
Jan Temp46 to 69 F
Apr Temp51 to 73 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp57 to 80 F
Annual Precip13.7 inches
StationEL CAJON
Distance4.1 miles
Jan Temp42 to 68 F
Apr Temp50 to 74 F
Jul Temp62 to 87 F
Oct Temp55 to 80 F
Annual Precip11.9 inches
StationSAN DIEGO N ISLAND NAS
Distance11.4 miles
Jan Temp49 to 65 F
Apr Temp56 to 67 F
Jul Temp65 to 73 F
Oct Temp61 to 72 F
Annual Precip9.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Coronado24,852$117,391
El Cajon102,894$52,269
Lemon Grove26,421$64,514
National City60,349$43,964
San Diego1,374,812$80,241
Santee56,839$88,617

La Mesa Hospitals

Grossmont Hospital
(Non-profit)
5555 Grossmont Center Drive
Alvarado Parkway Institute B.h.s.
(Proprietary)
7050 Parkway Drive

La Mesa Public Schools

Avocado Elementary
3845 Avocado Sch Rd.
ZIP: 91941
Primary
Total Enrollment 561
Helix High
7323 University Ave.
ZIP: 91941
High
Total Enrollment 2445
La Mesa Dale Elementary
4370 Parks Ave.
ZIP: 91941
Primary
Total Enrollment 468
La Mesa Middle
4200 Parks Ave.
ZIP: 91941
Middle
Total Enrollment 950
Learning Choice Academy
4215 Spring St., Ste. A-104
ZIP: 91941
Other
Total Enrollment 964
Lemon Avenue Elementary
8787 Lemon Ave.
ZIP: 91941
Primary
Total Enrollment 656
Maryland Avenue Elementary
5400 Maryland Ave.
ZIP: 91941
Primary
Total Enrollment 410
Murdock Elementary
4354 Conrad Dr.
ZIP: 91941
Primary
Total Enrollment 730
Rolando Elementary
6925 Tower St.
ZIP: 91941
Primary
Total Enrollment 561
Vista La Mesa Academy
3900 Violet St.
ZIP: 91941
Primary
Total Enrollment 659
College Preparatory Middle
5150 Jackson Dr.
ZIP: 91942
Middle
Total Enrollment 230
Murray Manor Elementary
8305 El Paso St.
ZIP: 91942
Primary
Total Enrollment 786
Northmont Elementary
9405 Gregory St.
ZIP: 91942
Primary
Total Enrollment 487
Parkway Middle
9009 Park Plaza Dr.
ZIP: 91942
Middle
Total Enrollment 737
San Diego Virtual
7950 University Ave. Ste. 410
ZIP: 91942
Other
Total Enrollment 288
Grossmont High
1100 Murray Dr.
ZIP: 91944
High
Total Enrollment 2394
Grossmont Union High Special Education Program
1100 Murray Dr.
ZIP: 91944
High

La Mesa Private Schools

Calvary Chapel La Mesa Christian School
7525 El Cajon Blvd
ZIP: 91942
Elementary
Total Enrollment 46
Christ Lutheran School
7921 La Mesa Blvd
ZIP: 91942
Elementary
Total Enrollment 188
College Center Montessori School
7484 University Ave Ste 100
ZIP: 91942
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
La Mesa Christian School
9407 Jericho Rd
ZIP: 91942
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 23
Leo Hamel K-8 Academy
5300 Jackson Dr Ste A
ZIP: 91942
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Mt Helix Academy
5955 Severin Drive
ZIP: 91942
Elementary
Total Enrollment 174
Mt Helix Academy - Tiee
5955 Severin Dr
ZIP: 91942
Elementary
Total Enrollment 174
Shepherd Of The Hills Lutheran School
9191 Fletcher Pkwy
ZIP: 91942
Elementary
Total Enrollment 30
St Martin Of Tours Academy
7708 El Cajon Blvd
ZIP: 91942
Elementary
Total Enrollment 247
Taproot Montessori-la Mesa
5173 Guava Ave
ZIP: 91942
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
Warren-walker School-la Mesa
5150 Wilson St
ZIP: 91942
Elementary
Total Enrollment 260
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