La Mesa, CA Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2022-04-08
144
La Mesa's Overall Cost Of Living
1.4x
Higher Than The National Average
386 out of 635
In California
5,704 out of 6,412
In America
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means La Mesa is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

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

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, La Mesa has an overall cost of living index of 144 which is 1.4x higher than the national index of 100.

Compared to only California, La Mesa has a cost of living index that's 1.0x higher than California's index of 140.

The standard of living in La Mesa ranks as #5,707 most affordable out of the 6,418 places we measured in California. By definition, that implies La Mesa ranks as the #712 most expensive place in the Golden State.

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La Mesa Cost Of Living Vs. California

Living Expense La Mesa California National Average
Overall 144 140 100
Services 112 112 100
Groceries 114 113 100
Health 108 115 100
Housing 202 198 100
Transportation 137 134 100
Utilities 127 126 100
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La Mesa Cost of Living Vs. CA

La 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.

$564,900
Median Home Value
$1,607
Median Rent
$71,287
Median Income
Statistic La Mesa California United States
Median Home Value $564,900 $538,500 $229,800
Median Rent $1,607 $1,586 $1,096
Median Income $71,287 $78,672 $64,994
Home Value To Income 7.9x 6.8x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.27x 0.24x 0.2x

Detailed La Mesa Services Costs Vs. California

Item La Mesa California
Shampoo $1.2 $1.06
Movie $14.42 $10.68
Bowling $22.0 $14.67

Detailed La Mesa Groceries Costs Vs. California

Item La Mesa California
Ground Beef $4.58 $4.22
Fried Chicken $1.72 $1.39
Milk $2.19 $2.05

Detailed La Mesa Health Costs Vs. California

Item La Mesa California
Haircut $22.68 $18.62
Beauty Salon $64.57 $39.05
Toothpaste $2.48 $2.34

Detailed La Mesa Transportation Costs Vs. California

Item La Mesa California
Potatoes $2.99 $3.29
Pizza $11.43 $10.62
Beer $9.82 $9.38
Optometrist $117.65 $108.57
Doctor $125.0 $116.17
Dentist $107.18 $99.13

Detailed La Mesa Utilities Costs Vs. California

Item La Mesa California
Gasoline $3.24 $2.22
Tire Balancing $56.47 $50.07
All Electricity $247.56 $167.67
Phone $176.01 $175.64

La Mesa SnackAbility

8.5
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
7/10
Housing
9.5
Affordability
3
Diversity
9.5
Safety
6
Amenities
10
Education
8.5
Commute
6

Cost Of Living In Cities Around La Mesa

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. La Mesa
San Diego, CA 1,414,545 150 1.0x
El Cajon, CA 103,249 134 0.9x
Santee, CA 57,407 136 0.9x
Poway, CA 49,780 160 1.1x
La Presa, CA 37,410 128 0.9x
Lemon Grove, CA 26,739 133 0.9x
Winter Gardens, CA 22,785 132 0.9x
Rancho San Diego, CA 21,476 158 1.1x
Casa de Oro-Mount Helix, CA 19,327 164 1.1x
Bostonia, CA 17,532 124 0.9x

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