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Costa Mesa is a city in Orange County, in the Los Angeles-Long Beach metro area.

The community name derives from Spanish for "coast" and "tableland."

The latitude of Costa Mesa is 33.641N. The longitude is -117.917W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 98 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 109,563.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$50,732
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Costa Mesa demographic reports
Costa Mesa is in Orange County
Former and merged names include:
· Harper
Costa Mesa was once grazing land for cattle of the Mission San Juan Capistrano.

World War II brought many people to the Santa Ana Army Air Base, now the site of the Orange County Fairgrounds.

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 304. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 2.7 per 1,000 people.
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Diedrich Coffee, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Orange County Fair - July 13-Aug. 5, 2007
  • Persian Festival of Autumn - Oct. 13-14, 2007
Dates often change. Check Costa Mesa web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Pacific Symphony Orchestra
Historic sites and museums: Costa Mesa Historical Society Museum
Colleges and universities: Southern California College, Orange Coast College, Vanguard University of Southern California
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 123

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Costa Mesa demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Orange County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 92627 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

11% of Costa Mesa residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Costa Mesa ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Costa Mesa was $23,342, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

29% of Costa Mesa residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Costa Mesa, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $903.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,652.


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Libraries

Libraries in Costa Mesa include Costa Mesa Branch Library, Mesa Verde Branch Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Costa Mesa include Costa Mesa Daily Pilot

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Politics

Orange County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Costa Mesa political report.

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Restaurants

Costa Mesa restaurants taking online reservations include AIRe Global Cuisine, Chat Noir, Pinot Provence, Sutra Lounge ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Costa Mesa workers is 23 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 31 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Costa Mesa between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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