According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Costa Mesa has an overall cost of living index of 165 which is 1.6x 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 #6,073 most affordable out of the 6,418 places we measured in California. By definition, that implies Costa Mesa ranks as the #345 most expensive place in the Golden State.
|Living Expense||Costa Mesa||California||National Average|
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.
|City||Population||Cost Of Living||Vs. Costa Mesa|
|Santa Ana, CA||332,610||136||0.8x|
|Huntington Beach, CA||199,778||168||1.0x|
|Garden Grove, CA||172,800||141||0.9x|
|Mission Viejo, CA||95,638||166||1.0x|
|Newport Beach, CA||86,694||277||1.7x|
|Lake Forest, CA||84,666||159||1.0x|