Information About Costa Mesa

The total estimated population is 110,266. Density is high at 6,283 persons per square mile.

Races of Residents

Population by Race: White: 76,930; Asian: 7,538; Two or More Races: 4,690; Black: 1,532; American Indian: 850; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 666; Other Race: 18,060; Hispanic Population: Hispanic or Latino: 34,680 (31%); Not Hispanic or Latino: 75,586 (69%)

There are 31,869 foreign born residents, of which 27.5% are naturalized citizens.

Most Common Birthplaces

Foreign Born: Mexico: 16,878; Vietnam: 1,936; El Salvador: 1,683; Philippines: 1,038; Guatemala: 977; Japan: 846; Canada: 700; U.S. Born: This State: 51,064; Midwest: 9,832; Northeast: 6,272; South: 5,287; West: 4,946;

Most Common Foreign Birthplaces in Costa Mesa Most Common US Birthplaces in Costa Mesa

The sex distribution is 51% male and 49% female. The median age is 33 years.

Age Distribution

There are 8,573 married couples with children and 3,071 single-parent households (887 men, 2,184 women).

The median household income is $52,034 in 1999 dollars.

Median Household Income Comparisons

U.S.: $41,994; California: $47,493; Costa Mesa: $52,034;

13% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Poverty Level Comparisons

U.S.: 12%; California: 14%; Costa Mesa: 13%;

Household Income Distribution

In thousands of dollars.

Work Type and Occupations

Work Type: Private wage and salary: 43,830; Government: 5,215; Self-employed: 5,882; Unpaid family work: 171; Occupation: Management, professional, and related: 20,753; Sales and office: 17,206; Professional and related: 11,295; Service: 9,757; Office and administrative support: 9,482; Management, business, and financial operations: 9,458;

Work Types in Costa Mesa Common Occupations in Costa Mesa

The average commute time is 24 minutes to and from work.

Transportation to Work

Car or truck (drove alone): 41,768; Car or truck (carpooled): 7,043; Public transportation: 2,656; Worked at home: 2,083; Walked: 1,328; Bicycle: 1,131; Motorcycle: 151;

Transportation to work methods in Costa Mesa

Educational Attainment

Percent of population in Costa Mesa.

There are 41,005 housing units, of which 19,935 are single family homes.

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing

All Housing Units: Owner: 16,160; Renter: 23,628; Vacant: 1,217; Owner-Occupied: Mortgaged: 13,010; Not Mortgaged: 3,150;

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing in Costa Mesa

The median single family home value is $274,050.

Median Monthly Cost for Mortgaged Homes

U.S.: $1,088; California: $1,478; Costa Mesa: $1,666;

Median Rent for Rental Units

U.S.: $519; California: $677; Costa Mesa: $915;

The average household size is 3 and the median number of rooms in housing units is 5.

Housing Units By Year Built

1939 or earlier: 605; 1940 to 1949: 1,475; 1950 to 1959: 7,261; 1960 to 1969: 11,593; 1970 to 1979: 10,471; 1980 to 1989: 6,767; 1990 to 1994: 2,071; 1995 to 1998: 622; 1999 to March 2000: 140;

0.4% of homes lack plumbing and 0.5% lack telephone service.

Commonly Used Home Heating Fuel

Utility Gas: 30,064; Electricity: 8,398; No Fuel: 691; Bottled, tank, or LP gas: 561;

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