Costa Mesa is known as one of Orange County's leaders in cultural and business centers. The city consists of 16 square miles and with a resident population of roughly 113,440 based on 2007 data.
Yet one more shopper's area of bliss is Costa Mesa's top notch So. Coast Shopping Mall. It's shops, custom boutiques, gardens, plays, and movie theater have long been rated among the many world's best. Slightly east of the Plaza, the Orange County Performing Arts Center holds opera, ballet and musical shows. During your time in Costa Mesa, go to The Lab, a crazy shopping set of buildings in a converted warehouse.
Colleges and Universities within Costa Mesa are Orange Coast College.
For things to do in Costa Mesa include: Orange County Fair Grounds, California Scenario or Noguchi Garden, Cirque du Soleil - Varekai, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Pacific Amphitheatre, The Light Gallery, Orange County Fair & Exposition Center, are all places to see.