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Costa Mesa is a city in northwestern Orange County CA that is about 45 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 20 miles south of Anaheim. The area is known for being Orange County’s City of the Arts.
The city is popular for its extensive arts scene. The Pacific Amphitheatre and the Orange County Fairgrounds are both in the heart of the city. The Segerstrom Center for the Arts is a popular venue highlighting nationally touring stage shows throughout the year. Costa Mesa has also become noteworthy among football fans as the home for the training facilities and offices for the Los Angeles Chargers.
The fast-food restaurant El Pollo Loco has its headquarters in Costa Mesa CA. The restaurant is also Costa Mesa’s largest employer with nearly four thousand people working for the company out here. The Irish-based credit reporting group Experian also has its North American headquarters in Costa Mesa. Hurley, Toyota Racing Development, Volcom and the Trinity Broadcasting Network also have large presences in the city.
Costa Mesa CA is right to the west of the John Wayne Airport. The airport serves millions of people every year with flights to Denver, Phoenix, San Francisco, Chicago, and Vancouver.
Orange Coast College is located in Costa Mesa CA. Other prominent schools include the Costa Mesa and Estancia High Schools.
Costa Mesa California is directly north of Newport Beach and east of Huntington Beach. Santa Ana is right to the north across from I-405.
The city has a population of about 110,000 people. More than half of the households in the city consist of families with at least one child.
The region has a semi-arid climate with the average highs reaching the 80s during the summer. The winters are calm with highs often reaching the 70s. The winter temperatures can get down to the mid-40s in most instances.
Costa Mesa CA was incorporated in 1953, although the city’s history dates back to the mid-eighteenth century when a permanent European settlement was established in the region. The Rancho San Antonio settlement was formed in the area in 1801. The community grew in size in the early twentieth century. The nearby Santa Ana Army Air Base was critical to the growth of the region during World War II. People trained at the base during the war. Many of those people settled in the area after the war, thus leading to Costa Mesa’s further growth and eventual incorporation.
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