Costa Mesa, CA (population: 113,091) has two chemistry schools within its city limits. Vanguard University of Southern California, the highest ranked school in the city with a chemistry program, has a total student population of 1,923. It is the 2721st highest ranked school in the USA and the 270th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles). To learn more about chemistry programs in Costa Mesa, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of chemistry professors at Vanguard University of Southern California such as Rene Bravo, and Ted Lorance.
Chemistry students from Costa Mesa schools who go on to become chemists, biochemists, analytical research chemists, chemistry professors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 79,910 people working as chemists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $72,740. Also, Biochemists and biophysicists make on average $88,550 per year and there are about 22,860 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine Metropolitan area alone, there are 220 employed biochemists and biophysicists earning an average salary of $109,820. Chemists in this area earn $70,730/yr and there are 820 employed.
Costa Mesa lies in Orange county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine Metropolitan area has 1,433,060 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,940 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Costa Mesa are held by chemists, and 0/1000 are held by biochemists and biophysicists.
Of the 2 chemistry schools in Costa Mesa, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Vanguard University of Southern California comes out as the most expensive ($21,303/yr) for chemistry students, with Orange Coast College as the lowest, reported at only $5,214/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Costa Mesa|
|Fountain Valley||CA||56,133||3||26.6774||70||3.6 miles|
|Newport Beach||CA||80,777||1||0.80626||0||4.7 miles|
|Garden Grove||CA||167,800||4||26.4852||22||8.1 miles|
|Laguna Beach||CA||-||1||20.4608||2||11.5 miles|
|Aliso Viejo||CA||42,862||1||75.2668||4||12.5 miles|
|Laguna Niguel||CA||65,471||0||-||0||15.5 miles|
|Mission Viejo||CA||95,388||1||19.6994||137||15.5 miles|
|Long Beach||CA||464,505||6||26.5161||271||16.6 miles|
|Yorba Linda||CA||67,194||0||-||0||17.2 miles|
|Chino Hills||CA||74,322||0||-||0||22.7 miles|
|Hacienda Heights||CA||52,748||0||-||0||23.1 miles|
|Diamond Bar||CA||57,662||0||-||0||23.5 miles|
|West Covina||CA||106,032||5||23.6693||37||26.3 miles|
|Rancho Palos Verdes||CA||41,164||1||20.67||2||26.6 miles|
|East Los Angeles||CA||135,682||0||-||0||29.0 miles|
|La Verne||CA||-||1||61.7321||71||30.9 miles|