La Mesa, California is a moderately-sized city with close to 60,000 residents and is located about twenty miles from Mexico. San Diego is the closest large city to La Mesa, as the city of Los Angeles is 120 miles to the north. Many La Mesa residents travel outside of their town's 9 square mile boundaries to work in San Diego. Commuting residents find employment in research and development, technology, tourism, and the armed forces. San Diego is also a great place to be an entrepreneur, so for La Mesa residents who are thinking of working for themselves, opening an establishment in San Diego may be the way to go. Forbes magazine voted San Diego as one of the best places nationwide to set up a new business.

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Homes in the city of La Mesa, California come in a variety of different designs. Some homes were constructed with a southwestern flair. These homes reflect the incorporation of European and Native American influence. These homes are generally single-level with curved windows and door frames. The exterior of the Spanish-style homes is frequently covered in stucco. Stone and tile accents are often used in a decorative fashion to adorn the home's interior and exterior.

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