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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    D-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Santa Ana is a city in California with a population of 333,499. Santa Ana is in Orange County. Living in Santa Ana offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Santa Ana there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Santa Ana and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Santa Ana are above average.
About Santa Ana...
Population
333,499

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$455,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,488
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%
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Santa Ana Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    244.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    68.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    148.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    271.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,172
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    461.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    22%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    42%
    13%

Working in Santa Ana

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$61,774
National
$55,322
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Downtown Santa Ana is lively with several entertainment options, from movies, drag brunch, clubs, and bars, to a monthly art show, & street festivals. The entertainment options are quite eclectic, catering to everyone. There are restaurants and markets within Santa Ana that offer culturally diverse foods, making shopping and dining options more plentiful and varied. I live near the border of Santa Ana and Costa Mesa, and my house is walking distance from lots of great spots! I can walk to South Coast Plaza (a large mall), the Performing Arts Center, and many restaurants and stores. With that said, the walkability of this area goes down because of the city’s homeless population and lack of mitigation of it. It does not feel safe, especially after dark, even though it is in a relatively nice area, and many other neighborhoods in Santa Ana are even worse. I hope something can be done about this as I don’t want to have to rely on my car as my mode of transportation so I can feel safe.
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I love Santa Ana! I've been here my whole life and I closely connect to it since it is primarily a Latinx/Hispanic community. I cannot imagine living anywhere else. However, its not the most perfect and safest. There is a lot of gang influence and poverty that negatively impacts the community that's already subjected to latinx/hispanic stereotypes. I sincerely hope my city and community can bypass these barriers so everyone can have successful lives and change the city's reputation.
Santa Ana California is very colorful. There is alot of diversity which is amazing because you will always see people from different Cultures. Growing up in Santa Ana was exciting. I grew up in apartments which led to amazing childhood experiences. Every child in every apartment complex knew each other and during vacations it was a battle of childhood games such as tag, cops and robbers, freeze tag, bb
guns and the list goes on! However, I do wish the violence in Santa Ana could be reduced. There is alot of gang affiliations that I believe the beautiful city of Santa Ana can do without.