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.


Total Population 58,858
Male Share of the Population 47.8%
Female Share of the Population 52.2%
Senior Citizens 14.5%
Employed Population 16+ 28,125
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 42.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.7%
Median Earnings25+ $40,301
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $29,863
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,764


Median Family Income $70,460
% Above Poverty Level 87.6%
% Below Poverty Level 12.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 5.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation 2.8%


People Living Alone 32.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,269
Median House Value $396,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 46.1%
US/American 0.3%
English 9%
Irish 11.7%

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

La Mesa Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 8 miles NE of San Diego, California
County San Diego
Metro Area San Diego
Standard Zip Codes 91941, 91942
P.O. Box Zip Codes 91943, 91944
Phone Area Codes 619
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.767
Longitude -117.022

La Mesa Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station LA MESA
Distance 0.3 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 69 F
Apr Temp 51 to 73 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 57 to 80 F
Annual Precip 13.7 inches
Station EL CAJON
Distance 4.1 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 68 F
Apr Temp 50 to 74 F
Jul Temp 62 to 87 F
Oct Temp 55 to 80 F
Annual Precip 11.9 inches
Distance 11.4 miles
Jan Temp 49 to 65 F
Apr Temp 56 to 67 F
Jul Temp 65 to 73 F
Oct Temp 61 to 72 F
Annual Precip 9.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Coronado 24,447 $108,500
El Cajon 102,383 $51,036
Lemon Grove 26,225 $60,704
National City 60,043 $43,386
San Diego 1,359,791 $78,321
Santee 56,255 $87,492

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

La Mesa Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(619) 465-0711
Emergency Service: Yes

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La Mesa High Schools

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Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,415 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25

Serves 2,360 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.2

A Special Education School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 306 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 34.4

Serves 30 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.5

8691 ECHO DR.
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 26 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

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