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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 333,605. Santa Ana is in Orange County. Living in Santa Ana offers residents an urban 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
333,605

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$383,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,354
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    56%
  • Own
    44%
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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
    277
    283
  • Murder
    7
    6
  • Rape
    46
    41
  • Robbery
    151
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    332
    500
  • Theft
    1,160
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    577
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$54,062
National
$55,322
Children
23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    3%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    9%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    45%
    13%

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Santa Ana is changing ever since I have moved here. The streets near 4th St. Market is changing to become a hot-spot location for youth, opening up multiple "hipster" coffee shops and art stores. From outside Orange County cities such as Irvine, Santa Ana may seem "ghetto" and unsafe with homeless people roaming the street, but I believe that is what makes Santa Ana a more realistic city where people face sufferings of life. Unlike other surrounding cities where they try to be ignorant with social issues of the homeless population, Santa Ana accepts it and tries to help via volunteer organization such as Hashtag Lunch bag.
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The culture located in Santa Ana, California is amazing! You can find delicious affordable food in every corner. The people residing or working in Santa Ana are friendly and welcoming, but not overly so. It's a great place to visit when you are in the Orange County area. I would say if you're looking for nightlife entertainment, scout downtown Santa Ana, but during the day exploring the rest of the city will allow you to see its beauty. It's a very family friendly cities with many parks, mall playgrounds, and a zoo. Because it's centrally located, traffic in the mornings or evening can be a bit rough, but throughout the day you can cruise through the city without hitting the brake so often. Go check it out! You won’t be disappointed =)
Living and growing up in Santa Ana has shown me a lot in many different ways. Although things are not always peachy here, there are many things that make this area feel like home. From the connections you make with neighbors and friends to the helpful hands on every street. When you grow up in a certain area it just feels nice too stay there because it is what you know... many people say they would not like to live here but know that if you do drive through or walk through and ever need a helping hand, you'll most likely find one!