La Mesa, California Population 2024

59,614

La Mesa is a city located in San Diego County California. La Mesa has a 2024 population of 59,614. La Mesa is currently declining at a rate of -0.62% annually and its population has decreased by -2.38% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 61,070 in 2020.

The average household income in La Mesa is $105,161 with a poverty rate of 11.68%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in La Mesa is 36.3 years, 34.5 years for males, and 37.6 years for females.

La Mesa Demographics

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

  • White: 62.92%
  • Two or more races: 15.22%
  • Black or African American: 7.69%
  • Asian: 7.15%
  • Other race: 6.15%
  • Native American: 0.49%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.38%
Land Area (mi²)
9.1 sq mi
Density (mi²)
6,554.90/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-2.38% (-1,456)
The current population of La Mesa, California is 59,614 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 61,070.

La Mesa, California Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White38,31162.92%
Two or more races9,26715.22%
Black or African American4,6817.69%
Asian4,3537.15%
Other race3,7456.15%
Native American3010.49%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander2300.38%
showing: 7 rows

White

Two or more races

Black or African American

Asian

Other race

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

La Mesa Population by Race

La Mesa Population Pyramid 2024

La Mesa Median Age

36.3

Total

34.5

Male

37.6

Female

La Mesa Adults

There are 48,035 adults, (9,029 of whom are seniors) in La Mesa.

La Mesa Age Dependency

56.1

Age Dependency Ratio

23.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33

Child Dependency Ratio

La Mesa Sex Ratio

Female31,84952.31%
Male29,03947.69%

La Mesa Population by Age

La Mesa Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All24,8242.4144.855.2
Non Family10,6711.3433.966.1
Married9,8883.1362.137.9
Female3,2183.4834.865.2
Male1,0473.324.375.7
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3.09

Average Family Size

2.41

Average Household Size

44.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

La Mesa Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

La Mesa Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

La Mesa Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 51.61%.

La Mesa Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$55,467

Average Earnings

$61,508

Average Male

$47,240

Average Female

La Mesa Earnings by Educational Attainment

La Mesa Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

La Mesa Language

75.76% of La Mesa residents speak only English, while 24.24% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 13.78% of the population.

La Mesa Language

La Mesa Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White31,2872,7308.73%
Hispanic16,8742,58815.34%
Multiple9,1831,36614.88%
Black4,64796220.7%
Other3,60250814.1%
Asian4,33547210.89%
Native2969331.42%
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11.68%

Overall Poverty Rate

9.12%

Male Poverty Rate

14.01%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in La Mesa

The race most likely to be in poverty in La Mesa is Native, with 31.42% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in La Mesa is White, with 8.73% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.72%. Among those working part-time, it was 15.43%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.99%.

La Mesa Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
High School14.81%
Less Than 9th Grade13.42%
Some College11.81%
Bachelors or Greater5.87%
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La Mesa Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed34.41%
Male Unemployed17.62%
Female Employed5.75%
Male Employed5.35%
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La Mesa Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

La Mesa Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

La Mesa Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

42.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.4%

Male Marriage Rate

40.1%

Female Marriage Rate

La Mesa Married by Age and Sex

male

female

La Mesa Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

La Mesa Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

La Mesa Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

3,923

Number of Veterans

3,325

Male Veterans

598

Female Veterans

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La Mesa Veterans by War

count

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La Mesa Veterans by Age

count

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La Mesa Veterans by Race

La Mesa Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

8.67%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.35%

Veteran Disability Rate

La Mesa Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

69.4%

Labor Force Participation

62.9%

Employment Rate

6.5%

Unemployment Rate

La Mesa Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

La Mesa Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

La Mesa Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

57.53%

Born in La Mesa

85.97%

Native Born

14.03%

Foreign Born

4.49%

Non Citizen

9.54%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

85.97% of La Mesa residents were born in the United States, with 57.53% having been born in California. 4.49% 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: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202957,749-373-0.64%
202858,122-373-0.64%
202758,495-373-0.63%
202658,868-373-0.63%
202559,241-373-0.63%
202459,614-373-0.62%
202359,987-373-0.62%
202260,360-373-0.61%
202160,733-337-0.55%
202061,0701,0721.79%
201959,998-317-0.53%
201860,315-171-0.28%
201760,486480.08%
201660,4384240.71%
201560,0144390.74%
201459,5753480.59%
201359,2274740.81%
201258,7534900.84%
201158,2639161.6%
201057,3472,5984.75%
200054,7491,8183.43%
199052,9312,6235.21%
198050,30811,13028.41%
197039,1788,73728.7%
196030,44119,495178.1%
195010,9467,021178.88%
19403,9251,41256.19%
19302,5131,509150.3%
19201,004
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La Mesa Population by Year