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La Mesa, California - Basic Facts

The City of La Mesa had a population of 60,433 as of July 1, 2016. La Mesa ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for La Mesa is located at latitude 32.7695 and longitude -117.0219 in San Diego County. The formal boundaries for the City of La Mesa (see map below) encompass a land area of 9.08 sq. miles and a water area of 0.04 sq. miles. San Diego County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 528 feet.

The City of La Mesa (GNIS ID: 2411576) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of La Mesa is located within San Diego CCD of San Diego County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with La Mesa population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for La Mesa: Allison Springs, La Mesa Heights, La Mesa Springs, Lamesa.

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La Mesa, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 60,433
Population in Households 59,747
Population in Familes 42,743
Population in Group Qrtrs 686
Population Density1 6,657
Diversity Index2 68


Total Households 25,559
Average Household Size 2.34
Family Households 14,357
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 27,443 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 11,035 (40.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 14,523 (52.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,884 ( 6.9%)
Median Home Value $423,039
Average Home Value $457,302


Median Household Income $55,258
Average Household Income $71,905
Per Capita Income $30,878
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.92% 1.17%
Households 0.67% 1.04%
Families 0.67% 1.04%
Median Household Income   1.25%
Per Capita Income   1.33%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

La Mesa, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares La Mesa to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 153 90th
Population Density1 # 152 90th
Diversity Index2 # 670 56th
Median Household Income # 751 51st
Per Capita Income # 615 59th

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