Costa Mesa, CA

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2021 Population
112,148
0.717% 1-year decline
US Senator
Dianne Feinstein
Democratic Party
US Senator
Alex Padilla
Democratic Party
2021 Median Age
36
1.12% 1-year increase
2021 Poverty Rate
9.64%
6.31% 1-year decrease
2021 Median Household Income
$96,391
6.66% 1-year growth
2021 Median Property Value
$841,700
4.3% 1-year growth
2021 Employed Population
64,171
0.0312% 1-year decline

About

In 2021, Costa Mesa, CA had a population of 112k people with a median age of 36 and a median household income of $96,391. Between 2020 and 2021 the population of Costa Mesa, CA declined from 112,958 to 112,148, a −0.717% decrease and its median household income grew from $90,370 to $96,391, a 6.66% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Costa Mesa, CA are White (Non-Hispanic) (49.1%), Other (Hispanic) (17.5%), White (Hispanic) (12.2%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (9.02%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (5.36%).

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.

87.5% of the residents in Costa Mesa, CA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Costa Mesa, CA are Orange Coast College (5,030 degrees awarded in 2021), University of Phoenix-California (484631) (1,624 degrees), and Vanguard University of Southern California (594 degrees).

In 2021, the median property value in Costa Mesa, CA was $841,700, and the homeownership rate was 40.3%.

Most people in Costa Mesa, CA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Costa Mesa, CA was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Costa Mesa, CA is home to a population of 112k people, from which 87.5% are citizens. As of 2021, 23.8% of Costa Mesa, CA residents were born outside of the country (26.6k people).

In 2021, there were 2.81 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (55k people) in Costa Mesa, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 19.6k Other (Hispanic) and 13.7k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

87.5%
2021 Citizenship
86.9%
2020 Citizenship

As of 2021, 87.5% of Costa Mesa, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2020, the percentage of US citizens in Costa Mesa, CA was 86.9%, 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)
    55k ± 2.15k
  2. Other (Hispanic)
    19.6k ± 2.08k
  3. White (Hispanic)
    13.7k ± 1.35k
35.9%
Hispanic Population
40.3k people

In 2021, there were 2.81 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (55k people) in Costa Mesa, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 19.6k Other (Hispanic) and 13.7k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

35.9% of the people in Costa Mesa, CA are hispanic (40.3k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    3,959,545 ± 46,338 people
  2. Philippines
    828,655 ± 22,113 people
  3. China
    680,942 ± 20,084 people

In 2021, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 3,959,545 California residents, followed by Philippines with 828,655 and China with 680,942.

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Foreign-Born Population

23.8%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
26.6k people
24.7%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
27.9k people

As of 2021, 23.8% of Costa Mesa, CA residents (26.6k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.6%. In 2020, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Costa Mesa, CA was 24.7%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,091 ± 189
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    967 ± 248
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    297 ± 163

Costa Mesa, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.13 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Costa Mesa, CA employs 64.2k people. The largest industries in Costa Mesa, CA are Retail Trade (7,135 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (6,900 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (6,369 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($108,359), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($82,523), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($78,750).

Males in California have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $69,050. The income inequality in California (measured using the Gini index) is 0.497, which is higher than than the national average.

Occupations

64.2k
2021 Value
± 2,091
−0.0312%
1 Year decline
± 4.62%

From 2020 to 2021, employment in Costa Mesa, CA declined at a rate of −0.0312%, from 64.2k employees to 64.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Costa Mesa, CA, are Management Occupations (9,012 people), Sales & Related Occupations (8,390 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,104 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

64.2k
2021 Value
± 2,091
−0.0312%
1 Year decline
± 4.62%

From 2020 to 2021, employment in Costa Mesa, CA declined at a rate of −0.0312%, from 64.2k employees to 64.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Costa Mesa, CA, are Retail Trade (7,135 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (6,900 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (6,369 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

$53,604
Median earning men ± $2,125
$42,334
Median earning women ± $2,371

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2021 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($85,515), Public Administration ($82,563), and Manufacturing ($78,679).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2021 are Wholesale Trade ($69,557), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($67,594), and Manufacturing ($58,472).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
2.75%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 155M people employed in California. This represents a 2.75% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in California.

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $405B
  2. $159B
  3. $155B

In 2020, the top outbound California product (by dollars) was Electronics with $405B, followed by Mixed freight ($159B) and Pharmaceuticals ($155B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound California products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$2.21T
2020 Value in California
$4.61T
Projected 2050 Value in California
109% growth

In 2020, total outbound California trade was $2.21T. This is expected to increase 109% to $4.61T by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound California trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $84.4B
  2. $44.8B
  3. $40.6B

In 2020, the top outbound California domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $84.4B, followed by Arizona with $44.8B and Ohio and $40.6B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that California shares with each state (excluding itself).

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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in California went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 63.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (34.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.07%).

Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla are the senators currently representing the state of California. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from California

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Dianne Feinstein
Senator from California1
Assumed office on November 10, 1992
Elected to the seat to succeed John Seymour (California politician)|John Seymour, who had been appointed to the seat after Pete Wilson was elected Governor of California.
Alex Padilla
Senator from California3
Assumed office on January 18, 2021
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Kamala Harris, who had become Vice President of the United States.

Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla are the senators currently representing California.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in California over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from California

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for California have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2021, universities in Costa Mesa, CA awarded 7,561 degrees. The student population of Costa Mesa, CA in 2021 is skewed towards women, with 19,696 male students and 23,140 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Costa Mesa, CA are White (2,146 and 30.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (2,101 and 29.9%), Asian (1,424 and 20.3%), and Unknown (724 and 10.3%).

The largest universities in Costa Mesa, CA by number of degrees awarded are Orange Coast College (5,030 and 66.5%), University of Phoenix-California (484631) (1,624 and 21.5%), and Vanguard University of Southern California (594 and 7.86%).

The most popular majors in Costa Mesa, CA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (2,218 and 29.3%), General Business Administration & Management (1,425 and 18.8%), and General Psychology (240 and 3.17%).

The median tuition cost in Costa Mesa, CA for private four year colleges is $37,000.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2021 in Costa Mesa, CA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 69%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 25%. The number of students enrolled in 2021 was 42,836 (46% men and 54% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2021 there were 42,836 students enrolled in Costa Mesa, CA, 46% men and 54% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in Hispanic or Latino with 14,974 records, of which 58.6% were women and 41.4% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 411 degree-majors awarded
  2. 356 degree-majors awarded
  3. 174 degree-majors awarded

In 2021, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Costa Mesa, CA was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 411 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Costa Mesa, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 5,030 degrees awarded
  2. 1,624 degrees awarded
  3. 594 degrees awarded

In 2021, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Orange Coast College with 5,030 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2021, 3,419 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Costa Mesa, CA, which is 0.825 times less than the 4,142 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2021 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 2,146 degrees mean that there were 1.02 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 2,101 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 ($37,000) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2021.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($700) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2021.

Public, 2-year ($1,080) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2021, 1.89% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 2.12% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2021 were Some college (7.01M), High School or Equivalent (6.74M), and Bachelors Degree (6.25M).

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Costa Mesa, CA was $841,700 in 2021, which is 3.44 times larger than the national average of $244,900. Between 2020 and 2021 the median property value increased from $807,000 to $841,700, a 4.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Costa Mesa, CA is 40.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.6%.

People in Costa Mesa, CA have an average commute time of 22.5 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 $96,391. In 2021, the place with the highest median household income in Costa Mesa, CA was Census Tract 631.03 with a value of $177,054, followed by Census Tract 638.02 and Census Tract 633.01, with respective values of $160,375 and $135,238.

Property

$841,700
Median Property Value 2021
±$12,880
$16,607
Median Property Taxes
±$809

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Costa Mesa, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Costa Mesa, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

40.3%
Homeownership
2021
72.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2021

In 2021, 40.3% of the housing units in Costa Mesa, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 40.5%.

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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 2021, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Costa Mesa, CA was Census Tract 631.03 with a value of $177,054, followed by Census Tract 638.02 and Census Tract 633.01, with respective values of $160,375 and $135,238.

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

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$96,391
Median Household Income
± $3,505
41.2k
Number of Households
± 1,554

In 2021, the median household income of the 41.2k households in Costa Mesa, CA grew to $96,391 from the previous year's value of $90,370.

The following chart displays the households in Costa Mesa, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Costa Mesa, CA is from California.
0.497
2021 Wage GINI in California
0.498
2020 Wage GINI in California

In 2021, the income inequality in California was 0.497 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.12% decline from 2020 to 2021, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more 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 2021
  1. Drove Alone (70.4%)
  2. Worked At Home (14.3%)
  3. Carpooled (7.74%)

In 2021, 70.4% of workers in Costa Mesa, CA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (14.3%) and those who carpooled to work (7.74%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

22.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Costa Mesa, CA have a shorter commute time (22.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.8 minutes). Additionally, 1.77% 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

The following chart displays the households in Costa Mesa, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Costa Mesa, CA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

9.64% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Costa Mesa, CA (10.7k out of 111k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.6%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 35 - 44, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 18 - 24.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Costa Mesa, CA is White, followed by Hispanic 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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88.5% of the population of Costa Mesa, CA has health coverage, with 48.5% on employee plans, 15.2% on Medicaid, 9.44% on Medicare, 14.6% on non-group plans, and 0.731% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in California was $7,549 in 2014. This is a 4.04% increase from the previous year ($7,256).

Primary care physicians in Orange County, CA see 999 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.28% decrease from the previous year (1012 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 852 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 306 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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

Primary care physicians in Orange County, CA see an average of 999 patients per year. This represents a 1.28% decrease from the previous year (1,012 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Orange County, CA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2021, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 21.1% under 18 years, 26.9% between 18 and 34 years, 39.8% between 35 and 64 years, and 12.2% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.5% were men and 49.5% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

11.5%
Uninsured
48.5%
Employer Coverage
15.2%
Medicaid
9.44%
Medicare
14.6%
Non-Group
0.731%
Military or VA

Between 2020 and 2021, the percent of uninsured citizens in Costa Mesa, CA grew by 1.35% from 11.4% to 11.5%.

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