The 10 Cheapest Santa Ana, CA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2022


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

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Everything else equal, I think we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I'd much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I'd rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in Santa Ana might be more expensive than living in rural California, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

So what exactly are those Santa Ana neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further -- you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

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 cheapest.

What's the cheapest neighborhood to live in Santa Ana for 2022? According to the most recent census data, Mar-Les looks to be the cheaptest Santa Ana neighborhood to live in.

At this point we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for -- some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Santa Ana. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates in return for more space and cheaper groceries.

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 cheapest to most expensive.

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The 10 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Santa Ana For 2022

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Population: 763
Cost Of Living Index: 115 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.6 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.019 (6th cheapest)
More on Mar-Les: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 1,006
Cost Of Living Index: 115 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.1 (12th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.015 (4th cheapest)
More on Riverglen: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 1,590
Cost Of Living Index: 118 (7th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.1 (12th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.015 (4th cheapest)
More on Northwest: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 2,905
Cost Of Living Index: 132 (17th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.0 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.015 (3rd cheapest)
More on Bristol-Warner: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 2,559
Cost Of Living Index: 139 (32nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.2 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.019 (7th cheapest)
More on Windsor Village: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 5,857
Cost Of Living Index: 91 (cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 0.7 (cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.037 (55th cheapest)
More on Cornerstone Village: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 12,569
Cost Of Living Index: 120 (9th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.6 (6th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.029 (44th cheapest)
More on Santa Anita: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 3,352
Cost Of Living Index: 143 (38th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.3 (17th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.021 (9th cheapest)
More on Thornton Park: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 568
Cost Of Living Index: 150 (49th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.5 (5th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.022 (11th cheapest)
More on Concord: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 5,566
Cost Of Living Index: 110 (3rd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.4 (20th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.028 (42nd cheapest)
More on Lacy: Homes For Sale | Data

Methodology: How We Determined The Cheapest Santa Ana Hoods In 2022

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Santa Ana, we had to determine what criteria defines "cheap".

Using census and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 58 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a cheap neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index the "Cheapest City Neighborhood In Santa Ana." We're lookin' at you, Mar-Les.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the cheapest places Santa Ana. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from cheapest to most expensive.

Summary: Lowest Cost Places To Live In Santa Ana

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Santa Ana where prices are low and it's cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Santa Ana aren't all cheap. Bristol Memory takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Santa Ana.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Santa Ana For 2022

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 Mar-Les 115
2 Riverglen 115
3 Northwest 118
4 Bristol-Warner 132
5 Windsor Village 139
6 Cornerstone Village 91
7 Santa Anita 120
8 Thornton Park 143
9 Concord 150
10 Lacy 110
11 Madison Park 137
12 Bella Vista 121
13 Casa De Santiago 176
14 West Grove Valley 144
15 Fairbridge Square 137
16 Fisher Park 178
17 Mabury Park 138
18 Lyon Street 117
19 South Coast 135
20 Mid-City 136
21 Memorial Park 137
22 Valley Adams 141
23 Riverview 138
24 Riverview West 128
25 Heninger Park 119
26 New Horizons 136
27 Wilshire Square 138
28 Centennial Park 139
29 Laurelhurst 145
30 Eastside 123
31 Portola Park 147
32 Artesia Pilar 133
33 Delhi 135
34 Central City 133
35 Flower Park 109
36 Shadow Run 143
37 West Floral Park 154
38 Morning Sunwood 164
39 Pico-Lowell 135
40 Floral Park 153
41 Sandpointe 144
42 Park Santiago 147
43 Grand Sunrise 140
44 French Park 123
45 Fairhaven 155
46 Metro Classic 165
47 Meredith Parkwood 147
48 Saddleback View 133
49 Sunwood Central 146
50 Logan 129
51 French Court 124
52 Santa Ana Triangle 125
53 Washington Square 143
54 Republic Homes 149
55 Cedar Evergreen 140
56 Edna Park 148
57 Morrison-Eldridge Par 151
58 Bristol Memory 153

Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our third time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Santa Ana.

About Chris Kolmar

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