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 25,954 housing units which are 95% occupied
  • 42.6% single-family detached homes
  • 45.6% 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% are aged 19 years or younger
  • 25% are aged between 20 and 34 years
  • 28% are aged 35 to 54 years
  • 11% are aged 55 to 64 years
  • 14% are aged 65 years and above

La Mesa Ethnicity Data


  • 62% White
  • 20% Hispanic
  • 7% Black
  • 6% Asian
  • American Indian <1%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander <1%
  • Other ethnic groups <1%