The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Santa Ana For 2021


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Santa Ana are the best of the best.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Santa Ana.
Best Neighborhoods In Santa Ana

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

Population: 1,646
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

Population: 2,639
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

Population: 1,393
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

Floral Park Santa Ana, CA

Population: 1,619
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

Population: 3,352
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

Population: 2,016
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

Population: 2,905
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

Population: 3,389
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

Population: 2,687
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

Population: 6,292
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

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Metro Classic 1,646 $525,500 $97,727
2 Morning Sunwood 2,639 $509,700 $101,591
3 West Grove Valley 1,393 $429,300 $83,646
4 Floral Park 1,619 $521,433 $71,608
5 Thornton Park 3,352 $429,700 $80,580
6 Shadow Run 2,016 $423,100 $66,731
7 Bristol-Warner 2,905 $365,200 $92,045
8 Washington Square 3,389 $484,333 $46,199
9 South Coast 2,687 $355,900 $69,126
10 Sunwood Central 6,292 $459,633 $61,889
11 Laurelhurst 1,810 $430,900 $82,679
12 Morrison-Eldridge Par 2,072 $526,850 $46,016
13 West Floral Park 2,797 $509,650 $77,013
14 Mid-City 8,886 $369,700 $61,060
15 Republic Homes 685 $474,100 $62,589
16 Windsor Village 2,559 $378,700 $90,750
17 Memorial Park 11,887 $361,780 $67,694
18 Sandpointe 4,625 $451,700 $64,203
19 Portola Park 1,484 $471,250 $78,969
20 Grand Sunrise 606 $422,400 $53,906
21 Madison Park 8,360 $372,720 $66,774
22 Edna Park 555 $408,200 $61,806
23 Bristol Memory 843 $526,850 $46,016
24 New Horizons 5,691 $384,150 $57,424
25 Concord 568 $432,900 $95,446
26 Wilshire Square 3,763 $368,950 $62,938
27 Eastside 11,989 $272,867 $45,094
28 Park Santiago 4,223 $455,700 $65,887
29 Fairbridge Square 332 $368,200 $67,262
30 Valley Adams 3,511 $409,200 $67,390
31 Fairhaven 3,149 $516,300 $70,752
32 Centennial Park 3,391 $402,500 $66,548
33 Cedar Evergreen 1,381 $417,200 $44,063
34 Riverview West 36,625 $308,228 $54,864
35 Mabury Park 2,645 $379,025 $64,012
36 Riverview 3,744 $397,100 $68,980
37 Santa Ana Triangle 2,151 $319,100 $29,622
38 Meredith Parkwood 2,453 $465,800 $61,719
39 Pico-Lowell 11,682 $370,917 $49,987
40 Heninger Park 7,168 $274,433 $41,084
41 Logan 1,240 $331,100 $32,332
42 Central City 7,581 $351,850 $59,212
43 Lacy 5,566 $204,433 $37,852
44 Northwest 1,590 $269,350 $52,813
45 Saddleback View 1,378 $360,550 $42,338
46 Flower Park 6,168 $172,900 $27,606
47 Artesia Pilar 13,221 $344,433 $55,230
48 French Park 2,226 $291,567 $31,895
49 French Court 2,227 $294,167 $27,603
50 Riverglen 1,006 $269,350 $52,813
51 Delhi 5,533 $354,300 $55,482
52 Bella Vista 4,564 $233,600 $50,267
53 Cornerstone Village 5,857 $20,000 $26,935
54 Mar-Les 763 $229,900 $64,427
55 Santa Anita 12,569 $229,471 $49,834
56 Lyon Street 4,059 $216,925 $42,105

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.