Costa Mesa, CA Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2021-02-06
166
Costa Mesa's Overall Cost Of Living
1.7x
Higher Than The National Average
490 out of 634
In California
6,078 out of 6,399
In America
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Costa Mesa is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Costa Mesa, CA?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Costa Mesa has an overall cost of living index of 166 which is 1.7x higher than the national index of 100.

Compared to only California, Costa Mesa has a cost of living index that's 1.2x higher than California's index of 140.

The standard of living in Costa Mesa ranks as #6,083 most affordable out of the 6,522 places we measured in California. By definition, that implies Costa Mesa ranks as the #324 most expensive place in the Golden State.

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Costa Mesa Cost Of Living Vs. California

Living Expense Costa Mesa California National Average
Overall 166 140 100
Services 110 111 100
Groceries 116 118 100
Health 109 113 100
Housing 293 196 100
Transportation 130 128 100
Utilities 90 118 100
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Costa Mesa Cost of Living Vs. CA

Costa Mesa, CA Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in California, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

$749,400
Median Home Value
$1,857
Median Rent
$84,138
Median Income
Statistic Costa Mesa California United States
Median Home Value $749,400 $505,000 $217,500
Median Rent $1,857 $1,503 $1,062
Median Income $84,138 $75,235 $62,843
Home Value To Income 8.9x 6.7x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.26x 0.24x 0.2x

Detailed Costa Mesa Services Costs Vs. California

Item Costa Mesa California
Shampoo $1.32 $1.01
Movie $14.42 $10.72
Bowling $23.33 $13.86

Detailed Costa Mesa Groceries Costs Vs. California

Item Costa Mesa California
Ground Beef $3.32 $3.9
Fried Chicken $1.79 $1.4
Milk $2.19 $1.96

Detailed Costa Mesa Health Costs Vs. California

Item Costa Mesa California
Haircut $21.8 $17.49
Beauty Salon $65.0 $38.17
Toothpaste $2.19 $2.32

Detailed Costa Mesa Transportation Costs Vs. California

Item Costa Mesa California
Potatoes $3.09 $3.18
Pizza $10.99 $10.39
Beer $9.66 $9.23
Optometrist $96.75 $106.34
Doctor $123.33 $115.25
Dentist $112.4 $98.38

Detailed Costa Mesa Utilities Costs Vs. California

Item Costa Mesa California
Gasoline $3.81 $2.59
Tire Balancing $51.0 $48.9
All Electricity $142.3 $167.6
Phone $173.4 $163.42

Costa Mesa SnackAbility

8
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
8.5/10
Housing
10
Affordability
3
Diversity
9.5
Safety
5
Amenities
10
Education
8
Commute
8

Cost Of Living In Cities Around Costa Mesa

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Costa Mesa
Santa Ana, CA 332,794 134 0.8x
Irvine, CA 273,157 178 1.1x
Huntington Beach, CA 200,259 169 1.0x
Garden Grove, CA 173,258 141 0.8x
Orange, CA 139,887 157 0.9x
Mission Viejo, CA 95,516 166 1.0x
Westminster, CA 91,137 147 0.9x
Newport Beach, CA 85,694 277 1.7x
Lake Forest, CA 83,974 157 0.9x
Lakewood, CA 80,292 143 0.9x

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