Costa Mesa, CA Cost of Living


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Costa Mesa cost of living score
164.9
More expensive
64.9% higher
than the US average
10.0% higher
than the California average
Costa Mesa, California gets a BestPlaces Cost of Living score of 164.9, which means the total cost of housing, food, childcare, transportation, healthcare, taxes, and other necessities is 64.9% higher than the U.S. average and 10.0% lower than the average for California.

Costa Mesa, CA

Housing costs in Costa Mesa?
A typical home costs $1,097,500, which is 224.6% more expensive than the national average of $338,100 and 49.6% more expensive than the average California home, at $733,500. Renting a two-bedroom unit in Costa Mesa costs $2,790 per month, which is 95.1% more than the national average of $1,430 and 22.9% more than the state average of $2,150.

Can I afford Costa Mesa?
To live comfortably in Costa Mesa, California, a minimum annual income of $210,240 for a family, and $92,800 for a single person is recommended.

What does A.I. say about Costa Mesa?
Costa Mesa offers residents a reasonable cost of living compared to other parts of Orange County with median housing values sitting at approximately $700K and median rents making up around two thirds that amount ($1500) - both notably lower than their neighboring cities like Newport Beach or Laguna Beach. Grocery prices come in 1% under US levels due largely to local taxes & regulations while sales tax similarly stands at 8%.
   Cost of living score
     CategoriesCosta MesaCaliforniaUnited States
  164.9149.9100.0
  105.1105.1100
  93.498.3100.0
  347.9234.8100.0
  $1,097,500$733,500$338,100
  90.4%102.4%100.0%
  106.6133.1100.0
  156.0118.7100.0

   100=National Average

   Average Rent by Bedroom Size
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Over 14 years ago

Costa mesa has awesome shopping but is way too crowded and I have had 3 cars stolen in the past 5 years along with countless break-ins and theft. Expensive. Close to  More

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Over 15 years ago

Costa Mesa has a near perfect climate . . . plenty of sun but rarely over 100 degrees (our house doesn't even have AC). Nestled between Newport Beach and Huntington  More

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We have a good amount of low-income, medium-income, and relatively high-income  More

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