6.0 out of 10

Santa Ana

Ranked 82nd best city in California
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  • Parks & Recreation
  • Shopping Options
  • Eating Out
  • Medical Facilities
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Good Freeway Access"

Santa Ana is the most populated city amongst the cities in Orange County. It is also known to have the 4th most dense population amongst cities with over 300,000 people. Located in the Santa Ana River, this city also lends its name to the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) that runs through the city.

Santa Ana has a few well-defined districts. The downtown region is home to retail stores and residential homes and also houses the Santa Ana Civic Center, a central hub for many administrative buildings. The Midtown region has many points of interest such as the Bowers Museum, Discovery Science Center and the Main Place Mall.

The newly upcoming Metro east currently has a few office buildings and the Santa Ana Zoo. However, this region is expected to be developed into a multi-purpose region. The southern portion of Santa Ana is known as part of the South Coast Metro region and is shared with the city of Costa Mesa. This region is known for the world famed South Coast Plaza and many high-rise buildings.

The children at Santa Ana attend schools operated by the Santa Ana Unified School District that has several elementary, middle and high schools. It also has 5 special schools and a charter school. Santa Ana also has their own community college, the Santa Ana College, the California Coast University and the Orange branch of the Art Institute of California.

The median household income of this city is about $43,000. Santa Ana holds the corporate headquarters for many well-known companies like American Corporation, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, the Orange County Register and many more.

Santa Ana is also well known for their many parks and recreational spots. They have over 35 parks and 15 recreational centers. Santa Ana also has their own zoo that is known for notable for their monkeys and animals indigenous to the regions of Central and South America.
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4/5 rating details
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5

"Perfect place for a creative and artsy escape"

Another one of Orange County’s cities that contains a concentrated hub of entertainment is Downtown Santa Ana. Serving as more than just a party locale I feel like the vibe of Downtown Santa Ana captures more of a lifestyle. Also referred to as the Artist Village, this area is just the place for you if the creative spirit and atmosphere is what you’re looking for. One of the major features of the area is Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center. Serving as one of CSUF’s satellite campuses it houses dorms for art graduate students, guest artists and showrooms for some of Orange County’s most talented artists. I always find it special to visit the center to check out the new exhibits. It’s very inspirational to witness what some of the up and coming students create or get to check out exhibitions of seasoned guests artists. Galleries and café’s sprinkled throughout the downtown Santa Ana accentuate the creative experience for visitors. If you stay long enough to participate in the nightlife the variety of venues is always fun. Aside from the interesting to do’s, one fair warning. Parking is probably the biggest flaw I see in the village. Between parking meter restrictions, parking structure fees and tiny one way streets, be prepared to take some time driving in circles every now and then till you can get situated.
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"Quiet, residential area where the High School is located."
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"Lot's of Apartments but very Noisy."
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