About Costa Mesa

Incorporated as a city for nearly 60 years, Costa Mesa, California is an Orange County suburban city with an estimated population of 110,767, and an average household income of $52,033. Costa Mesa includes the following ZIP codes: 92626, 92627 and 92628.

The 16 square mile city is 37 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 1 mile off the coast of the Pacific Ocean at its southern tip.

Shopping in Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa offers a variety of destinations for shoppers looking to buy luxury goods, furniture, art, local products and hard-to-find items.

South Coast Plaza is the city's premier luxury shopping location and the nearby South Coast Plaza Village includes restaurants, galleries and outdoor entertainment.

Other shopping centers include The CAMP which combines shopping and sports activities; The LAB, home to independent retailers and art markets; and Metro Pointe, which includes high end outlets. Unique local shopping is featured at the 17th Street shopping destination, the SoCo Collection, OC MIX, and Triangle Square.

Utility Companies Serving Costa Mesa

Southern California Gas Company

Edison International

Mesa Consolidated Water District

Irvine Ranch Water District

Costa Mesa Sanitary District


Cox Communications


Costa Mesa Business Climate

Businesses in Costa Mesa represent a variety of sectors. Major employers in Costa Mesa include global information services group Experian; technology companies like IBM (the city's ninth largest employer); light manufacturing; trade associations and other non-profits; and professional services, including real estate.

Costa Mesa Government

The city of Costa Mesa was incorporated in 1953 and is governed by a five-member at-large City Council. The elected City Council chooses a mayor. Daily city operations are conducted by the city manager and the city manager's staff.

Additional city government management positions include City CEO; City Attorney; Director of Administrative Services; Director of Development Services; Director of Finance; Director of Public Works; Fire Chief; and Police Chief.