Costa Mesa, CA

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2022 Population
111,490
0.587% 1-year decline
2022 Median Age
36.4
1.11% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
9.47%
1.82% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$104,981
8.91% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$959,800
14% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
64,362
0.298% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Costa Mesa, CA had a population of 111k people with a median age of 36.4 and a median household income of $104,981. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Costa Mesa, CA declined from 112,148 to 111,490, a −0.587% decrease and its median household income grew from $96,391 to $104,981, a 8.91% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Costa Mesa, CA are White (Non-Hispanic) (48.8%), Other (Hispanic) (18.4%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (8.74%), Two+ (Hispanic) (8.25%), and White (Hispanic) (8.16%).

None of the households in Costa Mesa, CA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

87.7% of the residents in Costa Mesa, CA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Costa Mesa, CA are Orange Coast College (120342) (4,995 degrees awarded in 2022), University of Phoenix-California (484631) (831 degrees), and Vanguard University of Southern California (603 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Costa Mesa, CA was $959,800, and the homeownership rate was 39.7%.

Most people in Costa Mesa, CA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Costa Mesa, CA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Costa Mesa, CA is home to a population of 111k people, from which 87.7% are citizens. As of 2022, 23.1% of Costa Mesa, CA residents were born outside of the country (25.8k people).

In 2022, there were 2.65 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (54.4k people) in Costa Mesa, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 20.5k Other (Hispanic) and 9.75k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

87.7%
2022 Citizenship
87.5%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 87.7% of Costa Mesa, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Costa Mesa, CA was 87.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Costa Mesa, CA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    54.4k ± 1.88k
  2. Other (Hispanic)
    20.5k ± 1.95k
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    9.75k ± 1.06k
36.2%
Hispanic Population
40.4k people

In 2022, there were 2.65 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (54.4k people) in Costa Mesa, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 20.5k Other (Hispanic) and 9.75k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

36.2% of the people in Costa Mesa, CA are hispanic (40.4k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    3,899,021 ± 46,015 people
  2. Philippines
    824,230 ± 22,055 people
  3. China
    685,370 ± 20,148 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 3,899,021 California residents, followed by Philippines with 824,230 and China with 685,370.

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Foreign-Born Population

23.1%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
25.8k people
23.8%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
26.6k people

As of 2022, 23.1% of Costa Mesa, CA residents (25.8k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Costa Mesa, CA was 23.8%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,044 ± 228
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    918 ± 227
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    315 ± 140

Costa Mesa, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.14 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Costa Mesa, CA employs 64.4k people. The largest industries in Costa Mesa, CA are Retail Trade (7,094 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (6,692 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (6,436 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($119,694), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($100,203), and Finance & Insurance ($89,724).

Males in California have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $75,777. The income inequality in California (measured using the Gini index) is 0.498, which is higher than than the national average.

Occupations

64.4k
2022 Value
± 2,120
0.298%
1 Year growth
± 4.62%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Costa Mesa, CA grew at a rate of 0.298%, from 64.2k employees to 64.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Costa Mesa, CA, are Management Occupations (9,460 people), Sales & Related Occupations (8,466 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,217 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Costa Mesa, CA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

64.4k
2022 Value
± 2,120
0.298%
1 Year growth
± 4.62%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Costa Mesa, CA grew at a rate of 0.298%, from 64.2k employees to 64.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Costa Mesa, CA, are Retail Trade (7,094 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (6,692 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (6,436 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Costa Mesa, CA, though some of these residents may live in Costa Mesa, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$58,026
Median earning men ± $3,799
$46,881
Median earning women ± $1,924

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($102,393), Wholesale Trade ($98,494), and Public Administration ($90,491).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Information ($89,135), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($71,813), and Wholesale Trade ($69,542).

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Civics

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Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Costa Mesa, CA awarded 6,899 degrees. The student population of Costa Mesa, CA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 9,523 male students and 10,659 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Costa Mesa, CA are Hispanic or Latino (2,083 and 32.3%), followed by White (1,931 and 29.9%), Asian (1,483 and 23%), and Unknown (421 and 6.53%).

The largest universities in Costa Mesa, CA by number of degrees awarded are Orange Coast College (120342) (4,995 and 72.4%), University of Phoenix-California (484631) (831 and 12%), and Vanguard University of Southern California (603 and 8.74%).

The most popular majors in Costa Mesa, CA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (2,199 and 31.9%), General Business Administration & Management (969 and 14%), and General Psychology (220 and 3.19%).

The median tuition cost in Costa Mesa, CA for private four year colleges is $38,000.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Costa Mesa, CA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 74.4%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 26.3%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 20,182 (47.2% men and 52.8% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 20,182 students enrolled in Costa Mesa, CA, 47.2% men and 52.8% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in Hispanic or Latino with 7,454 records, of which 57.3% were women and 42.7% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 151 degrees awarded
  2. 469 degrees awarded
  3. 384 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Costa Mesa, CA was General Psychology with 151 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 4,995 degrees awarded
  2. 831 degrees awarded
  3. 603 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Orange Coast College (120342) with 4,995 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 3,048 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Costa Mesa, CA, which is 0.791 times less than the 3,851 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was Hispanic or Latino students. These 2,083 degrees mean that there were 1.08 times more degrees awarded to Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 1,931 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($38,000) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($700) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,120) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 2.08% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 2.26% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were Some college (6.9M), High School or Equivalent (6.8M), and Bachelors Degree (6.36M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Costa Mesa, CA was $959,800 in 2022, which is 3.4 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $841,700 to $959,800, a 14% increase. The homeownership rate in Costa Mesa, CA is 39.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Costa Mesa, CA have an average commute time of 21.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Costa Mesa, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Costa Mesa, CA is $104,981. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Costa Mesa, CA was Census Tract 631.03 with a value of $202,500, followed by Census Tract 638.02 and Census Tract 633.01, with respective values of $183,077 and $148,103.

Property

$959,800
Median Property Value 2022
±$19,859
$16,427
Median Property Taxes
±$806

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Rent vs Own

39.7%
Homeownership
2022
69.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 39.7% of the housing units in Costa Mesa, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 40.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 631.03
  2. Census Tract 638.02
  3. Census Tract 633.01

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Costa Mesa, CA was Census Tract 631.03 with a value of $202,500, followed by Census Tract 638.02 and Census Tract 633.01, with respective values of $183,077 and $148,103.

The following map shows all of the places in Costa Mesa, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$104,981
Median Household Income
± $2,766
41.4k
Number of Households
± 1,511

In 2022, the median household income of the 41.4k households in Costa Mesa, CA grew to $104,981 from the previous year's value of $96,391.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Costa Mesa, CA is from California.
0.498
2022 Wage GINI in California
0.497
2021 Wage GINI in California

In 2022, the income inequality in California was 0.498 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.107% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (67.4%)
  2. Worked At Home (16.9%)
  3. Carpooled (8.34%)

In 2022, 67.4% of workers in Costa Mesa, CA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (16.9%) and those who carpooled to work (8.34%).

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Commute Time

21.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Costa Mesa, CA have a shorter commute time (21.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.36% of the workforce in Costa Mesa, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Poverty & Diversity

9.47% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Costa Mesa, CA (10.5k out of 110k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 35 - 44, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Costa Mesa, CA is Hispanic, followed by White and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

89.2% of the population of Costa Mesa, CA has health coverage, with 49.1% on employee plans, 15.7% on Medicaid, 9.7% on Medicare, 13.9% on non-group plans, and 0.747% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Orange County, CA see 995 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.4% decrease from the previous year (999 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 827 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 283 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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995 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Orange County, CA

Primary care physicians in Orange County, CA see an average of 995 patients per year. This represents a 0.4% decrease from the previous year (999 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 20.3% under 18 years, 27.1% between 18 and 34 years, 39.7% between 35 and 64 years, and 12.9% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 51% were men and 49% were women.

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Uninsured People

10.8%
Uninsured
49.1%
Employer Coverage
15.7%
Medicaid
9.7%
Medicare
13.9%
Non-Group
0.747%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Costa Mesa, CA declined by 6.34% from 11.5% to 10.8%.

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