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Lets cover off Costa Mesa first. Costa Mesa is the city in California, located just 12 miles south of Anaheim in Orange County,  encompasses 16.8 square miles.

The City is home to a diverse population of 113,000 residents. Predominant industries include retail trade, light manufacturing, services, finance/insurance and real estate. The community is slated for substantial vertical growth over the next ten years to include the development of 5 high-rise residential condominiums.

Costa Mesa offers 28 neighborhood and community parks, three 18-hole golf courses, 15 elementary schools, two intermediate schools, two high schools, and two County branch libraries.

Orange Coast Community College, the Coastline Community College District headquarters, and Vanguard University are located in the City. Many other universities, colleges and trade schools are nearby.

Commerce and culture

paramore-oc-fair in Costa Mesa, CACosta Mesa’s local economy relies heavily on retail and services. The single largest center of commercial activity is South Coast Plaza, a shopping center noted for its architecture and size. The volume of sales generated by South Coast Plaza, on the strength of 322 stores, places it among the highest volume regional shopping centers in the nation. It generates more than one billion dollars per year. Some manufacturing activity also takes place in the city, mostly in the industrial, southwestern quarter, which is home to a number of electronics, pharmaceuticals and plastics firms.

The commercial district surrounding South Coast Plaza, which contains parts of northern Costa Mesa and southern Santa Ana, is sometimes called South Coast Metro.

The Orange County Performing Arts Center and South Coast Repertory Theater are based in the city. A local newspaper, the Daily Pilot, is owned, operated, and printed by the Los Angeles Times.

The commercial district within the triangle that is formed by Highways 405, 55 & 73 is sometimes called SoBeCa, which stands for “South On Bristol, Entertainment, Culture & Arts”. The volume of sales generated by South Coast Plaza, on the strength of 322 stores and annual sales in excess of $1 billion is one of the most successful retail destinations in the United States. The City is also a center for cutting edge youth apparel and sporting goods manufacturers.

Top Employers

According to the City’s 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of employees
1 Experian 3,700
2 Coast Community College District Foundation 3,044
3 Orange Coast College 2,500
4 Coast Community College District 2,500
5 White Cap Construction Supply 2,200
6 Fairview Developmental Center 1,500
7 Automobile Club of Southern California 1,200
8 First Team Real Estate 1,025
9 Los Angeles Times 1,000
10 Commercial Cleaning Systems 850

OC-Fair in Costa Mesa, CAResidents enjoy an ideally mild Southern California climate. Costa Mesa’s location provides easy access to many of the area’s major attractions such as beaches, mountain regions, high and low deserts, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, The Honda Center, Angel Stadium, San Diego, Palm Springs, and Los Angeles with its sports arenas and major league teams.

With an ideal location and superior amenities, Costa Mesa represents the best Southern California has to offer.

Costa Mesa offers 26 parks, a municipal golf course, 26 public schools and 2 libraries. It is also home to the Orange County Fairgrounds, which hosts one of the largest fairs in California, the Orange County Fair, each July. The Fair receives more than one million visitors each year. Adjacent to the Fairgrounds is the Pacific Amphitheater, which has hosted acts such as Madonna, Bill Cosby, Jessica Simpson, Steppenwolf, Kelly Clarkson and many more.


Costa Mesa has a Mediterranan climate (Köppen climate classification Csb).

Climate data for Costa Mesa
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 64
Average low °F (°C) 44
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.60
Source: Weather Channel [7]


Members of the Gabrieleño/Tongva and Juaneño/Luiseño nations long inhabited the area. After the 1769 expedition of Gaspar de Portolà, a Spanish expedition led by Father Junípero Serra named the area Vallejo de Santa Ana (Valley of Saint Anne). On November 1, 1776, Mission San Juan Capistrano became the area’s first permanent European settlement in Alta California, New Spain.

In 1801, the Spanish Empire granted 62,500 acres (253 km2) to Jose Antonio Yorba, which he named Rancho San Antonio. Yorba’s great rancho included the lands where the communities of Olive, Orange, Villa Park, Santa Ana, Tustin, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach stand today.

After the Mexican-American war, California became part of the United States and American settlers arrived in this area and formed the town of Fairview in the 1880s near the modern intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Adams Avenue. An 1889 flood wiped out the railroad serving the community, however, and it shriveled.

To the south, meanwhile, the community of Harper had arisen on a siding of the Santa Ana and Newport Railroad, named after a local rancher. This town prospered on its agricultural goods. On May 11, 1920, Harper changed its name to Costa Mesa, which literally means “coast table(land)” in Spanish. This is a reference to the city’s geography as being a plateau by the coast.

Costa Mesa surged in population during and after World War II, as many thousands trained at Santa Ana Army Air Base and returned after the war with their families. Within three decades of incorporation, the city’s population had nearly quintupled.

Costa Mesa Employment Statistics

Population of Costa Mesa
Total population 105,333
Male 49.62%
Female 50.38%
Median age 33.3
Costa Mesa Housing
Owner-occupied homes 35.1%
Median cost of a home $644,900
Median mortgage payment $1,615
Renter-occupied homes 64.9%
Vacant housing 4.7%
Median monthly rent $1,286
Average Income
Median for all workers $29,804
Median for all male full-time $42,092
Median for all female full-time $36,985
Household Income
Less than $10,000 5%
$10,000 to $14,999 3%
$15,000 to $24,999 8%
$25,000 to $34,999 12%
$35,000 to $49,999 16%
$50,000 to $74,999 24%
$75,000 to $99,999 13%
$100,000 to $149,999 14%
$150,000 to $199,999 3%
$200,000 or more 2%
Less than 9th grade 10%
9th to 12th grade, no diploma 8%
High school graduate 20%
Some college, no degree 21%
Associate’s degree 9%
Bachelor’s degree 21%
Graduate degree 11%
Marital Status
Never married 41%
Currently married 44%
Separated 2%
Widowed 3%
Divorced 10%
White 69%
Black or African American 1%
Asian 6%
Other 24%
Costa Mesa Commute
Carpool 13.1%
Public transportation 4.7%
Average travel time 24 minutes