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Overall Niche Grade
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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 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
334,493

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$421,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,416
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%
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Santa Ana Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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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
    246.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    56
    40.7
  • Robbery
    180.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    276.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,223.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    589.8
    284

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%

Working in Santa Ana

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$57,151
National
$55,322
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I think all cities have their pros and cons, but Santa Ana is one city that will always have a special place in my heart. Santa Ana i a very well known and diverse city, you see people from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. I'd recommend fourth street, it's full of amazing stores and really great places to go grab a bite during your lunch break or so. Living in Santa Ana has brought me to the conclusion that it's great, and I wouldn't live in any other city. There's plenty of nearby grocery stores, max is 5 minutes away in car, they're everywhere! Several park locations, very safe and friendly during the day and afternoon, never been out at night. Main Place is a nearby mall that most everyone in Santa Ana goes to, it's great!
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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.
I think Santa Ana is a nice place to live with lots of activities, especially in Downtown. It is very diverse and everyone is friendly! Segerstrom High School is a fairly new school, with great faculty and class options. There are parts of Santa Ana that are not as safe though. I do wish that it could become a little safer and cleaner. Overall, it really depends on where in Santa Ana you go.