Costa Mesa is served by the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, which includes over 20 elementary schools, two middle schools, and seven high schools. For those seeking higher education, Orange Coast Community College is located within the city, and from there, many students transfer to other nearby universities, including University of California Irvine and California State University Long Beach. The top employers in Costa Mesa are El Pollo Loco and Experian, both of which are headquartered in Costa Mesa. In addition, the Coast Community College District is also a top employer.
A local favorite shopping center is the South Coast Plaza, which is a large, beautifully-designed mall with over 275 retailers, which include a mix of luxury brands, affordable brands, toy stores, specialty shops, and more. South Coast Plaza is the largest shopping center on the West Coast and the mall hosts seasonal family-friendly events, such as crafts for children, and located inside the mall is even a carousel.
Costa Mesa is a very culturally diverse area and the dining options reflect that - options are nearly endless, and foodies from all over Orange County come to Costa Mesa to enjoy the options the city has to offer. Another great place to visit is downtown Costa Mesa, which has so much to offer to visitors and residents, including excellent restaurants, one-of-a-kind boutiques, fresh produce, specialty shops, and more. One of the reasons why Costa Mesa is such a great place to live is that nearly everything you could wish for can be found within city limits, and there is always something exciting happening nearby! For those interested in recreation, the beach is mere minutes away, as well as coastal wetlands, and Costa Mesa is also home to plenty of well-maintained parks.
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