Costa Mesa has a semi-dry climate with mild temperatures year-round and rain falls primarily in the winter months. It rarely rains during the summer. Morning low clouds and fog are common due to its coastal location.
The city’s economy relies heavily on retail and services. The largest center of shopping center is South Coast Plaza, which is known for its architecture and size. There are over 270 stores in South Coast Plaza and it generates more than $1 billion per year in sales.
South Coast Metro is a commercial, cultural, and residential district surrounding South Coast Plaza in northern Costa Mesa and southern Santa Ana.
Some manufacturing activity also takes place in the city, mostly in the industrial, southwestern quarter. This area is home to a number of electronics, pharmaceuticals, and plastics firms. Experian, the city’s largest employer, has its North American headquarters in Costa Mesa.
El Pollo Loco, Hurley, RVCA, Toyota Racing Development, Vans, and Volcom are among the businesses with headquarters in Costa Mesa.
Arts and culture
Annual cultural events
The Orange County Fair takes place at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa each July. More than 1 million people visit the fair every year.
The Pacific Amphitheatre, which is near the fairgrounds has hosted performances from Madonna, Jessica Simpson, Steppenwolf, and Kelly Clarkson to name a few.
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts, near South Coast Plaza, and South Coast Repertory Theater are also based in Costa Mesa.
Costa Mesa has been home to the NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers training center, training camp, and corporate headquarters since 2017. The team agreed to a lease with the facility they moved into before relocating from San Diego.
Colleges located in Costa Mesa include Orange Coast College, Vanguard University, Whittier Law School, and National University.
There are two public high schools, Costa Mesa High School and Estancia High School.
Within the city of Costa Mesa there are 3 alternative high schools – Back Bay, Monte Vista, and Coastline Early College High School. Back Bay and Monte Vista High School share the same campus.
There are two public middle schools; Tewinkle Middle School, which was named after Costa Mesa’s first mayor, and Costa Mesa Middle School which shares the same campus as Costa Mesa High School.