Demographics

La Mesa Demographic Overview

The City of La Mesa is a General Law city consisting of approximately nine square miles of land area. Incorporated in 1912.
La Mesa had a 2010 population of 57,065, according to estimates prepared by SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments). Since 1990, the average annual rate of population growth has remained relatively consistent, ranging from 3% to 5%.

Housing Data
  • Approximately 25,614 housing units which are 95% occupied
  • 43.2% single-family detached homes
  • 45% multi-family units
La Mesa Resident Data
  • Evenly distributed in terms of age groups
  • Proportionally greater number of senior citizens than most San Diego County jurisdictions
  • 21.8% are aged 19 years or younger
  • 25.2% are aged between 20 and 34 years
  • 27.5% are aged 35 to 54 years
  • 11.5% are aged 55 to 64 years
  • 14% are aged 65 years and above
La Mesa Ethnicity Data
  • 64% White
  • 17% Hispanic
  • 7% Black
  • 7% Asian
  • 5% Pacific Islander/American Indian/Other ethnic groups