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Santa Ana

City of Santa Ana

  •   State: 
    Orange County
    Santa Ana
      County FIPS: 
    33°44′27″N 117°52′53″W
      Area total: 
    27.37 sq mi (70.89 km²)
      Area land: 
    27.34 sq mi (70.81 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.03 sq mi (0.08 km²)
    115 ft (35 m)
    1869; Incorporated June 1, 1886
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
    Pacific Standard Time (PST) UTC-8:00; Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) UTC-7:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Santa Ana, Orange County, California, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    11,000 residents per square mile of area (4,400/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Santa Ana (Spanish for 'Saint Anne') is the second most populous city and the county seat of Orange County, California. The city's population was 310,227 at the 2020 census, making Santa Ana the 13th-most populous city in California and the 4th densest large city in the United States. Santa Ana is a major regional economic and cultural hub for the Orange Coast. It was the home of the original Glenn Martin aviation company, founded in 1912, before merging with the Wright Company in 1912. It is home to Lockheed Martin, the largest defense contractor in the world, which eventually merged with Lockheed Corporation to form the Lockheed Martin Corporation. The Santa Ana Freeway, which runs from 1905 to 1958, was enlarged into the Santa Ana Line in 1953. It runs from Los Angeles to Santa Ana, running along Fourth Street downtown. The Los Angeles Interurban Railway, a predecessor of the Pacific Electric Railway, opened along Fourth St. downtown in 1935. The first direct automobile route between Los Angeles and Santa Ana was opened in 1935, running between Firestone Boulevard and Fourth Street. The Southern Pacific Railroad built a branch line between Santa Ana and Tustin in 1877, which offered free right of way, land for a depot, and $10,000 in cash to the railroad in exchange for terminating the line in Santa Ana. In 1887, the California Central Railway (which became a subsidiary of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway the following year) broke the Southern Pacific's local monopoly on rail travel, offering service between LA and San Diego.


Santa Ana is the primary city name, but also Cowan Heights, North Tustin are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is City of Santa Ana. The Tongva and Juaneño/Luiseño are indigenous to the area. Santa Ana was listed as a township of Los Angeles County in the 1860 and 1870 census. It had a population of 756 in 1860 and 880 in 1870. In 1890, whites made up 71 percent of the city's population, most of whom migrated to Santa Ana from confederate states following the American Civil War. In the 1970s, Santa Ana became an increasingly Latino city, becoming increasingly frequented by Latinos. In 1987, MainPlace Mall was completely renovated and became a city of equal value. The Santa Ana Army Air Base was built as a training center for the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. In 1958, the Honock's Fashion Square opened and would supplant Downtown Santa Ana, with its department stores such as Rankin's, Penney's, Ward's, and Buffums. The city is home to the Glenn L. Martin aviation company, founded in 1912 before merging with the Wright Company in 1916. Later, Glenn Luther Martin created a second company of the same name in Cleveland, Ohio which eventually merged with the Lockheed Corporation to form the largest defense contractor in the world, Lockheed Martin. The first direct automobile route between Los Angeles and Santa Ana opened in 1935; it was enlarged into the Santa Ana Freeway in 1953. The Pacific Electric Santa Ana Line ran from 1905 to 1958; it ran along Fourth Street downtown. In 1887, the California Central Railway broke the Southern Pacific's local monopoly on rail travel by way of Santa Ana as a major intermediate station.


Santa Ana is located at 33°4427N 117°5253W (33°740717, -117.881408) The city has a total area of 27.5 square miles (71 km²) With 12,471 people per sq. mile, it is the fourth-most densely populated city in the United States with a population of 300,000 or more. Santa Ana experiences a hot semi-arid climate (Köppen: BSh), with hot, dry summers and mild winters with moderate rainfall. Rainfall averages about 13.6 in (345 mm) per year, most of which falls from November through April. The wettest "rain year" in Santa Ana was from July 1940 to June 1941 with 34.34 inches (872.2 mm), and the driest was July 2017 to June 2018 with a mere 2.73 inches (69.3 mm). The most rainfall in one month was 13.99 inches (355.3mm) in February 1998. The record high temperature for Santa Ana is 112 °F (44 °C) on June 14, 1917. There are an average of 25.6 days with highs of 90 °C (32 °F) or higher, and 0.2 days with lows of 32 °F or lower. The city council has envisioned a secondary mixed-use development district for the newly designated "Metro East" area. Yokohama Tire Corporation's United States headquarters are located at 1 MacArthur Place in the South Coast Metro area of Santa Ana.


The most common Hispanic ancestries in Santa Ana are Mexican, Salvadorian and Guatemalan. The most common European ancestries are German, Irish, English and Italian. By the late 1970s, African-American families began to move out of Santa Ana. The 2020 U.S. Census reported that Santa Ana had a population of 310,227. The racial makeup of the city was 8.5% Non-Hispanic White, 1.1% African American, 3.7% Native American, 12.3% Asian, 0.3%) Pacific Islander, 45.1%) Hispanic or Latino. The city had a median household income of $53,335, with 21. 5% of the population living below the federal poverty line. The median age was 29.1 years, and for every 100 females, there were 104.4 males. The population density was 11,793.3 inhabitants per square mile (4,553.4/km²) The census reported that 319,870 people lived in households, 1,415 (0.4%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 3,243 (1.0%) were institutionalized. There were 73,174 households, out of which 41,181 had children under the age of 18 living in them, 41,389 (56.6%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 11,808 (16.1) had a female householder with no husband present, and 6,451 (8.8%) had a male householders with no wife present.


Santa Ana is the corporate headquarters of several companies, including Behr Paint, First American Corporation, Greenwood & Hall, Ingram Micro, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, STEC, TTM Technologies, Kern's, and Wahoo's Fish Taco. It also houses major regional headquarters for the Xerox corporation, Ultimate Software, and T-Mobile. In recent years, the nearby city of Irvine has outpaced Santa Ana in commercial growth, with the Irvine Business District located near John Wayne Airport. Santa Ana has approved commercial projects in the South Coast Metro area, as well as the "Metro East" development, located at the confluence of the Santa Ana Freeway and the Costa Mesa Freeway. The Historic South Main Business District contains many older retail shops and other small businesses. The expected year for return to peak employment for the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana area was 2015. The pre-recession peak year was 2007. Due to the recession, 519,300 jobs were lost, a 9% decrease. According to the Employment Development Department, the unemployment rate for 2015 was 5 percent. The city's 2021 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report, the top employers in the city are: Western Medical Center, T TM Technologies, MSC Software Corp, and Sterns Learning Inc. Other large employers include Western Medical Centre, T- mobile, and MSC Learning Inc, among many others. The top employer in Santa Ana is Behr paint, which is owned by Behr's parent company, Behr Inc.

Arts and culture

Santa Ana has several wall paintings and murals depicting local history, community events and cultural diversity in Orange County. The Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm amusement parks are located northwest of Santa Ana, several kilometers away. Beaches are located around 20 minutes to the south, accessible by the 55 freeway. Huntington Beach and Newport Beach as well as other coastal communities offer shopping, dining, boating, swimming and surfing. The Bowers Museum is art and history museum started in the 1930s with a large collection of fine art and artifacts from around the world and several traveling exhibits each year. The Chiarini Fountain, designed and carved by Chiarinis Marble & Stone, was donated in honor of George C.Chiarini and to recognize the artists who have helped make Downtown Santa Ana a creative center. The Santa Ana River runs through the center of the city. The city is home to the Orange County Museum of Art, which has a collection of more than 2,000 works of art. The Orange County Zoo is a popular tourist attraction, offering a wide selection of rides and activities for children and adults. Santa Ana has a number of parks, including the popular Santa Ana Botanical Garden, which is located in the heart of the town. It is also home to Orange County's largest public library, the Santa Ana Public Library, which offers free admission to the public every day of the year. It also has a library branch that is open to the general public and offers free Wi-Fi.


The Dons of Santa Ana College are one of the most successful soccer teams in the state of California. The college is also known for its historically successful baseball teams, and for producing former Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels pitcher C. J. Wilson. Santa Ana has highly competitive high school and collegiate sports teams playing at Santa Ana Stadium and the Santa Ana Unified School District Sports Complex Stadium. The Dons clinched their fifteenth consecutive Orange Empire Conference title in 2008. Mater Dei High School is known for having a successful and reputable football program in the country. The school also has a highly successful high school basketball program. The Santa Ana High School football team is known as the "Dons" and is a frequent top finisher, statewide. The high school has a successful football program and is known to have one of its most successful teams, the Dons, in the nation. The football team has won numerous state championships and numerous league titles. The team has also produced a number of professional athletes, including former NFL quarterback Tom Brady and former NFL star Peyton Manning, who both played for the school's football team, as well as the current coach, L.A. Rams coach Darryl Sutter, who also played for Santa Ana University. The university has a baseball program that has produced several MLB players, including C.J. Wilson, who went on to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Texas Rangers. The soccer team has been known to finish in the top five of the state for several years.


Santa Ana is a stronghold of the Democratic Party. Despite the city's high percentage of Democrats, the city tends to vote conservatively on social issues, much like the rest of northern Orange County. It voted in favor of Proposition 8California's amendment defining marriage in the state as a legal union between a man and a womanby 61.9%, above the county's average of 57.7%. On Proposition 4, which would have amended the California Constitution to require minors to notify their parents before having an abortion, Santa Ana voted in favour of the measure by 62.0%, much higher than the county as a whole. Santa Ana is in the California State Legislature, represented by Democrat Tom Umberg and Republican Janet Nguyen. In the United States House of Representatives, it is split between California's 46th congressional district and California's 48th congressional districts. The Consulate-General of Mexico is located on 828 North Broadway Street. The consulate-general of El Salvador is located in Suite 103 at 840 North Grand Avenue. The city has a mayor-council form of government, with six members who are elected by the populace of the city. Each member serves for four years and can serve a total of three terms. A mayor pro tem is elected by the council members from within the council. The mayor of Santa Ana has a salary of $50,000 a year, and the mayor of Los Angeles has a pay rate of $60,000 per year, as well.


Santa Ana Unified School District includes 37 K5 elementary schools, nine 68 intermediate schools, eight 912 high schools, five special schools, and one charter school. The Roman Catholic Diocese operates Mater Dei High School. The city is also home to Santa Ana College, a two-year public community college, as well as California Coast University, and the Orange County branch of the Art Institute of California. Trinity Law School is a Christian, CBE-accredited law school that is the only California campus of the Trinity International University system of schools. Detective Training Institute is a correspondence/distance learning institution that offers private investigator diplomas and is approved to operate by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Career Networks Institute College is a post-secondary occupational learning center for allied health. The Orange County Campus of International School of Los Angeles (LILA) moved toSanta Ana in September 2005. In July 2015 it moved back to Orange. The school district provides an online accountability report card. The Garden Grove Unified School district also includes some schools within Santa Ana. The district's public high schools include Valley High School (Santa Ana), Middle College High School, Santa Ana High School and Saddleback High School; and other public schools in the area, along with Orange County School of the Arts in the midtown district. It also operates several K8 schools in Santa Ana, including School of Our Lady, Saint Anne, Saint Barbara, and Saint Joseph. In September 2005 LILA moved to the city, but moved back in July 2015.


A few freeways run through Santa Ana, connecting it to other areas in Orange County, the Greater Los Angeles Area, and beyond. The Santa Ana Freeway (Interstate 5) heads north to Los Angeles, and south towards Southern Orange County and San Diego. Amtrak provides service to Santa Ana several times on weekdays with less frequent service on weekends. Greyhound Lines is the largest bus transportation service in Santa Ana and serves the continental United States and Canada. The bus lines Crucero, Intercalifornias, and others serve all points into Mexico. Public transit bus service is available via the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and is mainly focused on busses and freeways. A 4.15-mile light rail line, the OC Streetcar, is currently under construction and planned to enter service in 2022. The city shares a helicopter with the cities of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach via the Airborne Law Enforcement (ABLE) program. John Wayne Airport is located at 18601 Airport Way Santa Ana, California 92707. The IATA code for the airport is SNA, and the city's name is Santa Ana. The City of Santa Ana is served by Southern California Edison, which provides electricity and natural gas service for the city. In March 2012, the city disbanded its municipal fire department, which had provided fire protection for 128 years, and contracted with theOrange County Fire Authority. The fire department includes five canine units, an 11-officer equestrian unit and a 37-member SWAT team.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Santa Ana, Orange County, California = 4.3. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 65. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Santa Ana = 5.9 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 310,227 individuals with a median age of 29.1 age the population grows by 2.23% in Santa Ana, Orange County, California population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 11,000 residents per square mile of area (4,400/km²). There are average 4.64 people per household in the 73,167 households with an average household income of $54,432 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 15.10% of the available work force and has dropped -5.07% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 14.76%. The number of physicians in Santa Ana per 100,000 population = 253.3.


The annual rainfall in Santa Ana = 12.9 inches and the annual snowfall = 0 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 31. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 279. 83 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 45 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 54, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Santa Ana, Orange County, California which are owned by the occupant = 47.80%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 39 years with median home cost = $263,640 and home appreciation of -13.09%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $7.36 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,977 per student. There are 24.1 students for each teacher in the school, 13640 students for each Librarian and 1123 students for each Counselor. 3.95% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 6.22% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 2.72% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Santa Ana's population in Orange County, California of 4,933 residents in 1900 has increased 62,89-fold to 310,227 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 47.99% female residents and 52.01% male residents live in Santa Ana, Orange County, California.

    As of 2020 in Santa Ana, Orange County, California are married and the remaining 43.43% are single population.

  • 29.1 minutes is the average time that residents in Santa Ana require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    59.33% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 24.86% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 8.59% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 1.55% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Santa Ana, Orange County, California, 47.80% are owner-occupied homes, another 49.60% are rented apartments, and the remaining 2.60% are vacant.

  • The 43.74% of the population in Santa Ana, Orange County, California who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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