Get to know Costa Mesa, CA

The Orange County city of Costa Mesa is known as the “City of the Arts!”  It was originally known as the community of Harper.  The community grew alongside the Santa Ana and Newport Railroad and prospered agriculturally.  The name was changed to Costa Mesa, “coast table”, in 1920 to honor the city being a coastal plateau.  The population boomed following World War II and was incorporated in 1953.  Originally a farming community, today the city is largely a suburban edge city.  The economy of Costa Mesa is based on retail, commerce, and manufacturing.  The largest employers in Costa Mesa include Experian and El Pollo Loco.  Notable attractions include the annual Orange County Fair and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.  Famous residents have included Mitchell Hurwitz and Misty May-Treanor.

Quick Facts

Population: 112,377

Median Household Income: $66,459

Median Property Value: $606,900

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