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How much is the average rent in Costa Mesa, CA?

The average rent in Costa Mesa, CA is at $2,666. There are 48 apartments for rent in Costa Mesa, CA to choose from, with prices between $1,395 and $7,500 per month.

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Renter’s City Guide to Costa Mesa, CA
Introducing Costa Mesa Expenses & Housing Stats Jobs & Education Lifestyle & Renting Tips

Costa Mesa, which translates to the plateau by the coast, is known as 'The City of the Arts'. Located in Orange County CA, it's ranked 39th among the 'top 50 best places to live for young professionals in the U.S.'. It also ranks '10th healthiest city in America' and the 15th 'best city for outdoor activities in the country'.

How big is Costa Mesa?

Costa Mesa has a total area of 15.81 sq miles and a population of just under 113,000. This leads to a population density that might be high compared to other areas of the U.S. but is relatively low for the LA metro area. While considered a principal city of the metro, it's much smaller than neighboring Irvine and Huntington Beach in terms of population and area.

What is the weather like in Costa Mesa?

With a semi-arid climate, Costa Mesa enjoys relatively mild temperatures throughout the year and very little rainfall. Summer highs average out at around 85°F in August, while winter lows are around 47°F in January. With about 2.5" of rain, January is also the wettest month and over the year, you can expect an average 10.7" of rainfall. Temperatures here tend to be lower than inland cities in LA.


What is living in Costa Mesa like?

Compared to downtown LA and the surrounding cities, Costa Mesa offers a much more family-orientated, small-town feel. Those moving from the big city may find it a little quiet than what they're used to. However, as a college town that attracts an increasing number of young professionals, it's becoming more hip than similar nearby cities.

What are the pros of living in Costa Mesa?

Costa Mesa is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and offers numerous state parks and nature reserves nearby. There's also a bustling entertainment scene with a wealth of bars, restaurants and clubs to enjoy downtown, as well as a thriving arts and theater district. The city is well planned and spacious, making it feel far less crowded than other cities in the LA metropolitan area.

What are the cons of living in Costa Mesa?

Due to poor public transport, it's almost essential to own a private vehicle if you want to explore outside of the city. Commute times to LA proper can also be extremely long.

Costa Mesa Demographic Highlights
Total Population 112,148
Median Age 36

How much is public transportation in Costa Mesa?

Public transport in Costa Mesa is provided by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), which runs several bus lines in and around the city. A one-way fare should be around $1.90 and a monthly pass around $69. Express routes to Irvine and Huntington Beach normally cost $7 one-way. However, many people rely on a private vehicle with a gallon of gasoline costs around $3.30.

How much does a meal cost in Costa Mesa?

A typical meal in an inexpensive restaurant normally averages out at around $15, while a combo meal from a fast food joint will be around $8. A 3-course meal for two in a mid-range restaurant averages out at $75, plus  $4.80 for a regular coffee.

How much are utilities in Costa Mesa?

You can expect to pay around $175 for your basic monthly utilities. This is based on a 915 sq ft apartment and includes electricity, water, cooling, heating and garbage disposal. Expect to pay an additional $54 per month for an internet connection.

Costa Mesa Rent Statistics
Apartment Rent Ranges
$501 - $7000%
$701 - $1,0000%
$1,001 - $1,5000.21%
$1,501 - $2,00012.2%
> $200087.58%
Average Rent Trends
What is the average rent in Costa Mesa?

The average rent for an apartment in Costa Mesa is $2,666 per month.

What is the average apartment size in Costa Mesa?

The average apartment size in Costa Mesa is 852 sq. ft.

What is the rent for a studio apartment in Costa Mesa?

Rent for a studio apartment in Costa Mesa ranges between $1,650 and $3,950 per month.

What is the rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Costa Mesa?

Rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Costa Mesa ranges between $1,800 and $4,059 per month.

What is the rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Costa Mesa?

Rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Costa Mesa ranges between $2,100 and $6,130 per month.

What is the rent for a 3-bedroom apartment in Costa Mesa?

Rent for a 3-bedroom apartment in Costa Mesa ranges between $2,800 and $6,000 per month.

Costa Mesa Housing Statistics
Occupied Housing Units 41,243
Owner occupied 40.27%
Renter occupied 59.73%

What are the major industries in Costa Mesa?

Costa Mesa is a worldwide shopping mecca and the retail industry provides jobs for over 8,000 residents. Other major sectors include accommodation & food services and professional, scientific & technical services. The real estate industry also employs a lot of people, while other common jobs include management roles and office administration.

What are the highest paying jobs in Costa Mesa?

Residents working in legal roles, specialist healthcare positions, architecture and engineering jobs are among the highest paid in Costa Mesa.

What large companies are based in Costa Mesa?

Experian, Vans and Toyota Racing Development all have headquarters in Costa Mesa.

Costa Mesa Employment Statistics
White Collar 55,114
Blue Collar 9,057
White Collar 85.89%
Blue Collar 14.11%
Self Employment 9,828
Private Companies 45,385
Governmental Workers 5,565
Not for Profit Companies 3,393
Self Employment 15.32%
Private Companies 70.73%
Governmental Workers 8.67%
Not for Profit Companies 5.29%

Does Costa Mesa have good schools?

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District serves Costa Mesa, providing 27 public schools in the city. There are several top-rated schools in the district, including Costa Mesa High School and Early College High School.

What are the top colleges in Costa Mesa?

Costa Mesa is home to a variety of colleges and universities, creating a diverse college culture. Top institutions include Vanguard University, Orange County College, Whittier Law School, the University of Phoenix-California and National University.

Costa Mesa Education Statistics
No High School5.63%
Some High School25.55%
Some College22.82%
Associate Degree7.08%
Bachelor Degree27.42%
Graduate Degree11.51%

What can you do in Costa Mesa for free?

The city is home to numerous parks offering hiking trails and amazing views. Fairview Park is one of the best, with breathtaking ocean views, wildlife, hiking trails and a space reserved for flying model airplanes. It's also the venue for the annual Costa Mesa Concerts in the Park; a free event held every Tuesday evening throughout July. It features live concerts, kid's activities and a beer garden. Alternatively, check out Movies in the Park, a series of free movie screenings every Monday night July through August, just outside the South Coast Plaza Shopping District.

What are the main annual events in Costa Mesa?

The world-famous Orange County Fair is held in Costa Mesa's OC Fair and Event Center. This 23-day bonanza is packed full of carnival rides and games, live music, workshops, competitions and local food and drink. It draws crowds from around the world and promises fun for the entire family. The same location also hosts regular food festivals and farmers' markets.

Where to go shopping in Costa Mesa?

Costa Mesa is known around the globe as a top shopping destination. The South Coast Plaza is among the best shopping districts in the world, offering over 250 luxury brands, a vast array of diverse stores, world-class restaurants and a movie theater. Alternatively, 'The CAMP' and 'The LAB' are smaller, eco-friendly shopping centers with a focus on supporting local artisans. They're both great for a more personal shopping experience and picking up something unique.

Costa Mesa Household Statistics
Total Number of Households 41,243
Average People Per Household 3
Median Household Income$96,391
Average Household Income$125,326
No Children

Do you need AC in Costa Mesa?

Throughout most of California, summer temperatures demand a good AC unit. However, as it's close to the ocean, Costa Mesa enjoys slightly lower summer temperatures than more inland cities. Therefore, you might not necessarily need AC in your rental unit and may be able to make do with an electric fan.

Where are the best places to live in Costa Mesa?

The most popular neighborhoods are typically in West Side Costa Mesa. Enjoying the lowest crime rates, rental units here also tend to be more expensive.

Can I commute to LA from Costa Mesa?

If the hustle and bustle of the big city have taken its toll, you can find a more peaceful life in Costa Mesa. However, if you plan to commute to downtown LA for work, commutes can be long and arduous, especially in the summer. Very little public transport means you'll probably need a private vehicle as well.

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