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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 334,493. 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
334,493

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$421,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,416
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%
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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
    246
    283
  • Murder
    6
    6
  • Rape
    56
    41
  • Robbery
    180
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    277
    500
  • Theft
    1,224
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    590
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    8%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    44%
    13%

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Santa Ana Reviews

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I've lived here my entire life. Growing up I was definitely vulnerable to specific details I catch on my day-to-day life now. One concern that I have is homeless people. Seeing these people on the streets humbles me deep down, but sometimes these people can get out of hand and become a danger to Santa Ana's civilians. My school is also located in Santa Ana and we have not had any violent intruders, due to our security. At home I feel safe by the comfort of my family, but am terrified of going outside on my own, which is why I rated Santa Ana average. The people are kind, but it's the homeless that are my biggest concern for our safety, especially because as time progresses there are more of them! Other than that, Santa Ana is a pretty safe place, with nice places to visit, shop, and eat of course. I'm glad I grew up in a place that taught me valuable lessons that I would cherish for a lifetime.
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The area is predominately Hispanic working class and my husband and I are neither of these, so we do get asked why and if we like living in SA. The three negatives I would say about SA 1) graffiti 2) trash- it's everywhere and the city and residents don't appear to care about it 3) stray dogs everywhere. I think the 3rd reason is cultural so it's something I've gotten used to, unfortunately. The city could invest in 1) bike lanes 2) more green space 3) cost of housing. The city does have some community events year round for families which are fun!
I've lived in Santa Ana all my life and it is a beautiful city. Also everything is in walking distance. Public schools here suck though and graffiti everywhere. Also many gangs,crews, and homeless but it's safe if you mind your own business. Most of the nicer areas are bordering other cities. SA all day!