Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Santa Ana.
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Do you like your neighborhood?
Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?
No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Santa Ana, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.
Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits -- less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Santa Ana neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?
Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Santa Ana are the best. If you're in one of the places we're about to highlight, odds are you know you've got it made. So, if you're thinking of moving to California and Santa Ana is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.
Here are the best neighborhoods in Santa Ana for 2021.
So what's the best neighborhood to live in Santa Ana for 2021? According to the most recent census data, Metro Classic looks to be the best Santa Ana neighborhood to live in.
Read on to see how we determined the places around Santa Ana that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Santa Ana.
Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.
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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Santa Ana
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $525,500 (Third best)
Median Income: $97,727 (Second best)
More on Metro Classic: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $509,700 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $101,591 (best)
More on Morning Sunwood: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $429,300 (18th best)
Median Income: $83,646 (Sixth best)
More on West Grove Valley: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $521,433 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $71,608 (11th best)
More on Floral Park: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $429,700 (17th best)
Median Income: $80,580 (Eighth best)
More on Thornton Park: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $423,100 (19th best)
Median Income: $66,731 (19th best)
More on Shadow Run: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $365,200 (34th best)
Median Income: $92,045 (Fourth best)
More on Bristol-Warner: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 11)
Median Home Value: $484,333 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $46,199 (42nd best)
More on Washington Square: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $355,900 (37th best)
Median Income: $69,126 (13th best)
More on South Coast: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 7)
Median Home Value: $459,633 (12th best)
Median Income: $61,889 (27th best)
More on Sunwood Central: Homes For Sale | Data
How We Determined The Best Santa Ana, CA Neighborhoods In 2021
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Santa Ana, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".
Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:
- High incomes
- Low unemployment rates
- Low crime
- High home prices
- High population densities (A proxy for things to do)
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 56 in each category, where 1 was the best.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Santa Ana." We're lookin' at you, Metro Classic.
Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Santa Ana, California has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Santa Ana
If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Santa Ana where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Santa Ana aren't all good. Lyon Street takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Santa Ana.
We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Santa Ana For 2021
||West Grove Valley
||West Floral Park
||Santa Ana Triangle