Costa Mesa California
Costa Mesa is located 37 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 88 miles north of San Diego. Since it was incorporated in 1953, it has evolved from a semi-rural farming community to a city with a local economy primarily based upon retail commercial business (think great shopping!). Its ideally mild Southern California climate and location which provides easy access to beaches, mountain areas, deserts, Disneyland, and Knott's Berry Farm make it a desirable place to retire. Population: 109,960 as of the 2010 census.
Climate: Costa Mesa gets 11 inches of rain per year, and there are on average 274 sunny days which makes it an ideal golfing climate.
Cost of living: As with much of coastal Southern California, the cost of living in Costa Mesa is quite a bit greater (43%) than the national average.
Housing costs: Likewise expensive, housing is approximately 150% greater than the national average where the median retirement home cost in Costa Mesa is $512,200.
Colleges and Universities: Orange Coast College is the only community college in Orange County that has its own Starbucks, so retirees will have a place to take a break or check e-mail while pursing learning in retirement.
Transportation:John Wayne Airport offers excellent air service to Orange County. Orange County Transportation Authority provides local bus service.
Travel and tourism: Costa Mesa has two world-renowned facilities for shopping and entertainment, the South Coast Plaza and the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Other attractions include the Orange County Fair and Event Center, Pacific Amphitheatre; South Coast Repertory Theatre, Renee & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Samueli Theater, three beautiful golf courses, and the Noguchi Gardens.
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