City of La Mesa

The City of La Mesa is 9.2 square miles in area with a population approaching 60,000. La Mesa is located 14 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, just east of San Diego State University. It is immediately adjacent to the eastern boundary of the City of San Diego, along both sides of Interstate 8, and 11 miles from Downtown San Diego. The City of La Mesa shares borders with El Cajon, Lemon Grove, and an unincorporated section of San Diego County. The City of La Mesa is divided by Highway 125 (north/south) and Interstate 8 (east/west). The transportation network also includes two light-rail trolley (green and orange) lines, five trolley stations and five MTS bus routes.

Indicator Details

Indicators Primary Domainsort descending Indicator Value Rank Tier
Business Retention Economic Health 1.4% 60 Middle
Access to Mainstream Financial Services Economic Health 15.4% 60 Middle
Local Business Vitality Economic Health 54.2% 71 Middle
Adult Educational Attainment Educational Opportunities 90.7% 74 Middle
High School Graduation Rate Educational Opportunities 83.5% 47 Top
School Readiness Scores Educational Opportunities -% - Data N/A
Preschool Enrollment Educational Opportunities 53.0% 81 Middle
Reading Proficiency Educational Opportunities 64.5% 67 Middle
Residential Proximity to Traffic Environmental Hazards 26.0% 121 Bottom
Proximity to Brownfield Sites Environmental Hazards 0.0% 1 Top
School Proximity to Traffic Environmental Hazards 9.8% 18 Top
Proximity to Superfund Sites Environmental Hazards 0.0% 1 Top
Toxic Releases from Facilities Environmental Hazards 13.4% 111 Bottom
Public Assisted Households Employment Opportunities 13.0% 107 Bottom
Employment Rate Employment Opportunities 60.2% 41 Top
Long-Term Unemployment Employment Opportunities 4.6% 42 Top
Travel Time to Work Employment Opportunities 22.8 35 Top
Age of Housing Housing 81.9% 141 Bottom
Blood Lead Levels in Children Housing -% - Data N/A
Excessive Housing Cost Burden Housing 38.7% 74 Middle
Vacancy Rates Housing 7.2% 72 Middle
Violent Crime Health Systems and Public Safety 10.7 99 Middle
Chronic School Absence Health Systems and Public Safety -% - Data N/A
Low Birth Weight Health Systems and Public Safety 6.4% 68 Middle
Motor Vehicle Collisions Health Systems and Public Safety 2.1 35 Top
Preventable Hospitalizations Health Systems and Public Safety - - Data N/A
Tree Cover Natural Areas 0.6% 104 Bottom
Access to Parks and Open Space Natural Areas 1.4 50 Top
Walkability Neighborhood Characteristics 0.1 42 Top
Offsite Alcohol Outlets Neighborhood Characteristics 9.3 99 Middle
Food Desert Neighborhood Characteristics -% - Data N/A
Residential Mobility Social Cohesion 78.6% 123 Bottom
Voter Participation Social Cohesion 76.6% 69 Middle
Transit Accessibility Transportation 22.9 73 Middle
Commute Mode Share Transportation 15.2% 62 Middle
Household Transportation Costs Transportation 19.3% 35 Top
Pedestrian Connectivity Transportation 103.3 38 Top