La Mesa, California Population 2022

61,933
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La Mesa is a city located in San Diego County California. With a 2020 population of 61,933, it is the 151st largest city in California and the 682nd largest city in the United States. La Mesa is currently growing at a rate of 0.66% annually and its population has increased by 1.33% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 61,121 in 2020. Spanning over 9 miles, La Mesa has a population density of 6,810 people per square mile.

The average household income in La Mesa is $83,669 with a poverty rate of 12.36%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,607 per month, and the median house value is $564,900. The median age in La Mesa is 35.7 years, 34.1 years for males, and 37.4 years for females.

La Mesa Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of La Mesawas:

  • White: 67.35%
  • Two or more races: 10.85%
  • Black or African American: 8.31%
  • Asian: 7.52%
  • Other race: 4.60%
  • Native American: 0.85%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.52%
The current population of La Mesa, California is 61,933 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 61,121.

La Mesa, California Population 2022

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White40,55267.35%
Black or African American5,0028.31%
American Indian and Alaska Native5110.85%
Asian4,5287.52%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander3150.52%
Some Other Race2,7684.60%
Two or More Races6,53210.85%
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La Mesa Population by Race

La Mesa Population Pyramid 2022

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La Mesa Median Age

35.8


Total

33.9


Male

37.5


Female

La Mesa Adults

There are 47,763 adults, (8,782 of whom are seniors) in La Mesa.

La Mesa Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

22.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31.9

Child Dependency Ratio

La Mesa Sex Ratio

Female

31,992

53.14%

Male

28,216

46.86%

La Mesa Population by Age

La Mesa Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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La Mesa Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married60%40%
All42.9%57.1%
Male33.4%66.6%
Non Family31.8%68.2%
Female29.9%70.1%

42.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

La Mesa Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All23,5232.5342.9
Married9,4513.2760
Male9073.4333.4
Female3,3233.5429.9
Non Family9,8421.3931.8

3.21

Average Family Size

2.53

Average Household Size

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La Mesa Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,2222.87%
9th to 12th Grade1,5323.60%
High School Graduate7,64417.97%
Some College11,98628.18%
Associates Degree4,37310.28%
Bachelors Degree10,18223.94%
Graduate Degree5,59513.15%
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La Mesa Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

La Mesa Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Islander205205188
Asian3,1022,7701,705
White26,77525,56911,246
Black3,0912,846752
2+ Races2,7812,586618
Hispanic8,0117,1731,477
Other Race1,6551,475234
Native American38834441

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 91.71%.

La Mesa Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$45,489$52,891$38,007
Less Than 9th Grade$22,525$28,210$21,933
High School Graduate$37,153$41,875$31,517
Some College$40,844$47,376$32,889
Bachelors Degree$62,633$73,476$50,746
Graduate Degree$71,230$73,062$68,250

$45,489

Average Earnings

$52,891

Average Male

$38,007

Average Female

La Mesa Earnings by Educational Attainment

La Mesa Language by Age

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La Mesa Language

76.88% of La Mesa residents speak only English, while 23.12% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 12.07% of the population.

La Mesa Language

La Mesa Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Multiple6,5141,73126.57%
Asian4,52177917.23%
Black4,96781716.45%
Hispanic14,7682,29115.51%
Islander3124815.38%
Native5115510.76%
White32,1852,7408.51%
Other194NaN%

12.36%

Overall Poverty Rate

10.17%

Male Poverty Rate

14.30%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in La Mesa

The race most likely to be in poverty in La Mesa is Multiple, with 26.57% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in La Mesa is Other, with NaN% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.35%. Among those working part-time, it was 13.79%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.88%.

La Mesa Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade17.71%
High School14.91%
Some College8.22%
Bachelors or Greater6.50%

La Mesa Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed5.28%
Male Unemployed9.25%
Female Employed5.70%
Female Unemployed34.95%

La Mesa Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

La Mesa Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$71,287$89,585
Families$84,567$101,802
Married Families$102,550-
Non Families$49,570$66,632
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Income by Household Type

La Mesa Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

42.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.1%

Male Marriage Rate

39.5%

Female Marriage Rate

La Mesa Married by Age and Sex

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La Mesa Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

La Mesa Marital Status by Race

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La Mesa Marital Status

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4,175

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War1,765
First Gulf War900
Vietnam795
Korea225
World War II251

La Mesa Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34862
35 to 541,359
55 to 64557
65 to 74642
75+755

La Mesa Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,8728.50%
Black48913.20%
Native American193.99%
Asian2467.24%
Islander51.79%
Other Race301.54%
2+ Races51415.49%
Hispanic8278.64%

La Mesa Veterans by Race

La Mesa Veterans by Education

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8.46%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.34%

Veteran Disability Rate

La Mesa Veterans by Education

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68.2%

Labor Force Participation

62.1%

Employment Rate

6.5%

Unemployment Rate

La Mesa Employment by Age

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La Mesa Employment by Race

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La Mesa Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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56.46%

Born in La Mesa

84.96%

Native Born

15.04%

Foreign Born

5.80%

Non Citizen

9.24%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

84.96% of La Mesa residents were born in the United States, with 56.46% having been born in California. 5.80% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

La Mesa Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
19201,0040.00%
19302,5131,5099.61%
19403,9251,4124.56%
195010,9467,02110.80%
196030,44119,49510.77%
197039,1788,7372.56%
198050,30811,1302.53%
199052,9312,6230.51%
200054,7491,8180.34%
201057,0652,3160.42%
201157,4714060.71%
201257,8774060.71%
201358,2834060.70%
201458,6894060.70%
201559,0954060.69%
201659,5014060.69%
201759,9074060.68%
201860,3134060.68%
201960,7194060.67%
202061,1214020.66%
202161,5274060.66%
202261,9334060.66%

La Mesa Population by Year