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La Mesa, California - Basic Facts

The City of La Mesa had a population of 61,875 as of July 1, 2018. 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 32.7678 and longitude -117.0231 in San Diego County. The formal boundaries for the City of La Mesa 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.

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, 2018)


Total Population 61,875
Population in Households 61,181
Population in Familes 44,250
Population in Group Qrtrs 694
Population Density2 6,816
Diversity Index3 69


Median Household Income $59,974
Average Household Income $79,351
Per Capita Income $34,337


Total Housing Units 27,841 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 11,287 (40.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 15,132 (54.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,422 ( 5.1%)
Median Home Value $456,014
Average Home Value $527,560


Total Households 26,419
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 14,838
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.99% 0.92%
Households 0.91% 0.86%
Families 0.91% 0.91%
Median Household Income   3.59%
Per Capita Income   3.37%

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, 2018 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 # 155 90th
Population Density # 150 90th
Diversity Index # 673 56th
Median Household Income # 722 52nd
Per Capita Income # 601 60th

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