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La Mesa is a city in San Diego County, in the San Diego-Carlsbad metro area.
The community name derives from Spanish for "tableland"
The latitude of La Mesa is 32.767N. The longitude is -117.022W.It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 528 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 54,571.
Sections below provide additional information and links about La Mesa demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the San Diego County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, San Diego area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 91942 ZIP code.
15% of La Mesa residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the La Mesa ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in La Mesa was $22,372, compared with $21,587 nationally.
28% of La Mesa residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in La Mesa, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $712. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,343.
Libraries in La Mesa include La Mesa Library ... View libraries
San Diego County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our La Mesa political report.
The average commute time for La Mesa workers is 24 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 11 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in La Mesa between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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