The 10 Best Santa Ana Suburbs To Live For 2021


We analyzed over 100 places around Santa Ana to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Santa Ana suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Santa Ana are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

What's the best suburb of Santa Ana? Redondo Beach ranks as the best suburb of Santa Ana for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Redondo Beach, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Santa Ana 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about California:

The 10 Best Santa Ana Suburbs To Live For 2021

Redondo Beach, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 67,423
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $113,499
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Redondo Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Redondo Beach is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Santa Ana area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Redondo Beach."

Everyone here is rich; families average $113,499 a year, which is the 13th highest in the Santa Ana region. And only 3.76% are out of work. Homes average more than $926,500 each.

Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,434
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $194,543
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
More on Palos Verdes Estates: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Palos Verdes Estates is the second best 'burb we looked at near Santa Ana for 2021.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 1.73% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

San Marino, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,194
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Income: $166,607
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.7%
More on San Marino: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in San Marino, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Santa Ana metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in San Marino.

Yorba Linda, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 67,725
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $129,995
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Yorba Linda: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Yorba Linda ranks as the 4th best suburb of Santa Ana for 2021.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Yorba Linda and the schools are some of the best around.

Newport Beach, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 85,694
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $127,223
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 7.1%
More on Newport Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Newport Beach.

Newport Beach gets kudos for having the 3rd most expensive homes in the Santa Ana area, where houses sell for an average of $1,898,900. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 42,030
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Income: $138,557
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Rancho Palos Verdes: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rancho Palos Verdes is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 3.98% which is 20th best in the area.

According to online reports, Rancho Palos Verdes is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Santa Ana area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Aliso Viejo, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 50,663
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $112,689
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
More on Aliso Viejo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Aliso Viejo.

Aliso Viejo schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 14.0 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 48,503
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $121,017
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Rancho Santa Margarita: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rancho Santa Margarita is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 3.67% of people lack insurance, good for 13th in the area.

Villa Park, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 5,861
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Income: $165,000
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
More on Villa Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Villa Park?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

La Palma, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 15,604
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 6)
Median Income: $107,724
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on La Palma: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is La Palma.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Santa Ana for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around Santa Ana was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2015-2019 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Santa Ana.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 100 suburbs to evaluate around Santa Ana.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 100 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Santa Ana." We're lookin' at you, Redondo Beach. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Santa Ana 'Burbs of 2021

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Santa Ana, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Santa Ana Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Redondo Beach, CA 67,423 $113,499
2 Palos Verdes Estates, CA 13,434 $194,543
3 San Marino, CA 13,194 $166,607
4 Yorba Linda, CA 67,725 $129,995
5 Newport Beach, CA 85,694 $127,223
6 Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 42,030 $138,557
7 Aliso Viejo, CA 50,663 $112,689
8 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 48,503 $121,017
9 Villa Park, CA 5,861 $165,000
10 La Palma, CA 15,604 $107,724
11 Rolling Hills Estates, CA 8,169 $150,135
12 Mission Viejo, CA 95,516 $118,477
13 San Clemente, CA 64,878 $110,434
14 Laguna Niguel, CA 65,808 $108,537
15 Torrance, CA 145,492 $93,492
16 Dana Point, CA 33,769 $99,409
17 El Cerrito, CA 25,398 $108,298
18 Eastvale, CA 62,046 $119,213
19 Laguna Beach, CA 23,036 $129,983
20 Huntington Beach, CA 200,259 $95,046
21 Cypress, CA 48,893 $93,137
22 Cerritos, CA 50,143 $106,190
23 Walnut, CA 29,903 $108,669
24 Lake Forest, CA 83,974 $109,492
25 La Habra Heights, CA 6,574 $115,762
26 Fountain Valley, CA 56,026 $93,075
27 Arcadia, CA 58,152 $93,574
28 Irvine, CA 273,157 $105,126
29 Laguna Hills, CA 31,617 $100,985
30 Lakewood, CA 80,292 $93,432
31 Placentia, CA 51,818 $95,757
32 Diamond Bar, CA 56,211 $99,083
33 Chino Hills, CA 80,701 $106,347
34 Claremont, CA 36,090 $101,420
35 Brea, CA 42,678 $94,492
36 San Dimas, CA 34,048 $86,410
37 La Mirada, CA 48,764 $95,685
38 Lomita, CA 20,514 $71,606
39 Tustin, CA 79,863 $84,697
40 Los Alamitos, CA 11,534 $88,729
41 Seal Beach, CA 24,204 $68,852
42 Norco, CA 26,670 $102,817
43 San Juan Capistrano, CA 35,922 $91,600
44 Whittier, CA 86,090 $77,270
45 Costa Mesa, CA 113,159 $84,138
46 Laguna Woods, CA 16,053 $44,020
47 Orange, CA 139,887 $91,793
48 Alhambra, CA 84,647 $61,384
49 La Verne, CA 32,211 $88,131
50 Glendora, CA 51,801 $96,132
51 West Covina, CA 106,589 $82,938
52 Buena Park, CA 82,489 $78,932
53 Fullerton, CA 139,611 $79,978
54 Downey, CA 112,322 $75,878
55 Upland, CA 76,596 $72,782
56 Artesia, CA 16,758 $67,647
57 Monterey Park, CA 60,439 $61,819
58 Covina, CA 48,095 $70,780
59 San Gabriel, CA 40,143 $62,541
60 Garden Grove, CA 173,258 $69,278
61 Corona, CA 166,972 $83,752
62 Westminster, CA 91,137 $62,625
63 Rosemead, CA 54,282 $57,999
64 Carson, CA 92,079 $82,305
65 Temple, CA 4,549 $58,594
66 Midway, CA 3,221 $59,625
67 Lawndale, CA 32,819 $62,013
68 Signal Hill, CA 11,512 $75,508
69 Santa Fe Springs, CA 17,810 $68,685
70 Norwalk, CA 105,304 $70,667
71 Gardena, CA 59,709 $58,447
72 Pico Rivera, CA 63,001 $67,636
73 La Habra, CA 60,594 $79,325
74 Chino, CA 89,631 $81,711
75 Bellflower, CA 77,195 $60,011
76 Long Beach, CA 466,776 $63,017
77 Anaheim, CA 349,964 $71,763
78 Duarte, CA 21,559 $75,083
79 Hawthorne, CA 87,107 $54,215
80 Stanton, CA 38,377 $57,598
81 Baldwin Park, CA 75,892 $65,904
82 Azusa, CA 49,753 $68,216
83 La Puente, CA 40,020 $64,592
84 Montebello, CA 62,742 $56,150
85 Paramount, CA 54,513 $55,670
86 Hawaiian Gardens, CA 14,337 $49,483
87 El Monte, CA 115,517 $49,003
88 Ontario, CA 176,760 $65,046
89 South El Monte, CA 20,721 $52,204
90 Montclair, CA 39,155 $62,024
91 South Gate, CA 94,642 $52,321
92 Lynwood, CA 70,635 $52,213
93 Pomona, CA 152,209 $60,598
94 Bell, CA 35,682 $44,327
95 Compton, CA 96,803 $52,883
96 Cudahy, CA 23,890 $46,642
97 Huntington Park, CA 58,353 $42,447
98 Maywood, CA 27,332 $44,241
99 Bell Gardens, CA 42,421 $42,223
100 Commerce, CA 12,830 $47,518

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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.