La Mesa, California Population 2021

58,969
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La Mesa is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 58,969, it is the 152nd largest city in California and the 656th largest city in the United States. La Mesa is currently declining at a rate of -0.24% annually but its population has increased by 3.34% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 57,065 in 2010. La Mesa reached it's highest population of 59,751 in 2016. Spanning over 9 miles, La Mesa has a population density of 6,484 people per square mile.

The average household income in La Mesa is $83,669 with a poverty rate of 12.61%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,547 per month, and the median house value is $530,400. The median age in La Mesa is 35.7 years, 34.1 years for males, and 37.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 89.2 males.

La Mesa Demographics

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

  • White: 71.35%
  • Black or African American: 8.09%
  • Asian: 7.55%
  • Two or more races: 7.19%
  • Other race: 4.69%
  • Native American: 0.73%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.39%
The current population of La Mesa, California is 58,969, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 59,389.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 57,065.

La Mesa, California Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White42,49471.35%
Black or African American4,8208.09%
Asian4,4977.55%
Two or More Races4,2827.19%
Some Other Race2,7954.69%
American Indian and Alaska Native4330.73%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2350.39%
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La Mesa Population by Race

La Mesa Population Pyramid 2021

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La Mesa Median Age

35.7


Total

34.1


Male

37.4


Female

La Mesa Adults

There are 47,501 adults, (8,563 of whom are seniors) in La Mesa.

La Mesa Age Dependency

53

Age Dependency Ratio

22

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31

Child Dependency Ratio

La Mesa Sex Ratio

Female

31,486

52.87%

Male

28,070

47.13%

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
Married55.3%44.7%
All41.5%58.5%
Non Family33.9%66.1%
Female28.2%71.8%
Male25.1%74.9%

41.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

La Mesa Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All23,2882.5241.5
Married9,5873.2755.3
Non Family9,5851.4133.9
Female2,9993.4128.2
Male1,1173.2725.1

3.17

Average Family Size

2.52

Average Household Size

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La Mesa Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,1252.65%
9th to 12th Grade1,9704.65%
High School Graduate7,82318.45%
Some College12,07128.46%
Associates Degree3,4178.06%
Bachelors Degree10,21024.07%
Graduate Degree5,79513.66%
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La Mesa Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

La Mesa Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White26,94825,74911,255
Hispanic8,0926,7261,693
Black3,0592,855929
Asian3,0392,8001,673
Multiple Races1,9101,780503
Other Race1,6441,312248
Native American31224756
Islander175175133

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 76.00%.

La Mesa Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$43,532$51,100$35,438
Less Than High School$23,897$27,370$21,318
High School Grad$33,384$39,435$28,375
Some College$40,384$47,867$31,352
Bachelors Degree$55,763$68,244$49,276
Graduate Degree$70,137$73,936$60,000

$43,532

Average Earnings

$51,100

Average Male

$35,438

Average Female

La Mesa Earnings by Educational Attainment

La Mesa Language by Age

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La Mesa Language

75.85% of La Mesa residents speak only English, while 24.15% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 13.33% of the population.

La Mesa Language

La Mesa Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White32,7232,9909.14%
Hispanic14,2912,01714.11%
Asian4,4861,15725.79%
Multiple4,27176417.89%
Black4,77557111.96%
Other2,74034712.66%
Native4334410.16%
Islander2314017.32%

12.61%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.25%

Male Poverty Rate

13.83%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in La Mesa

The race most likely to be in poverty in La Mesa is Asian, with 25.79% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in La Mesa is White, with 9.14% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.73%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.75%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.67%.

La Mesa Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School26.76%
High School14.50%
Some College9.21%
Bachelors or Greater7.99%

La Mesa Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed38.56%
Male Unemployed16.26%
Female Employed7.22%
Male Employed6.91%

La Mesa Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

La Mesa Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$66,051$83,669
Families$81,250$97,360
Married Families$95,790$112,254
Non Families$46,304$58,797
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Income by Household Type

La Mesa Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

42.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.3%

Male Marriage Rate

39.9%

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 Over 65, 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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4,291

Number of Veterans

3,631

Male Veterans

660

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War1,688
Vietnam882
First Gulf War846
Korea301
World War II182

La Mesa Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 341,302
35 to 54980
65 to 74747
75+695
55 to 64567

La Mesa Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White3,3239.52%
Hispanic5946.12%
Black55114.98%
2 or More2038.55%
Asian1544.58%
Other382.04%
Indian143.57%
Hawaiian83.77%

La Mesa Veterans by Race

La Mesa Veterans by Education

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7.58%

Veteran Poverty Rate

19.30%

Veteran Disability Rate

La Mesa Veterans by Education

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67.6%

Labor Force Participation

61.5%

Employment Rate

7%

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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54.59%

Born in California

84.45%

Native Born

15.55%

Foreign Born

6.32%

Non Citizen

9.24%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

84.45% of La Mesa residents were born in the United States, with 54.59% having been born in California. 6.32% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

La Mesa Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202158,969-140-0.24%
202059,109-140-0.24%
201959,249-140-0.24%
201859,389-333-0.56%
201759,722-29-0.05%
201659,751540.09%
201559,6978421.43%
201458,8552990.51%
201358,5564570.79%
201258,0994550.79%
201157,6444950.87%
201057,1492,4000.43%
200054,7491,8180.34%
199052,9312,6230.51%
198050,30811,1302.53%
197039,1788,7372.56%
196030,44119,49510.77%
195010,9467,02110.80%
19403,9251,4124.56%
19302,5131,5099.61%
19201,0040.00%

La Mesa Population by Year