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Santa Ana

An active SoCal community set between the beach and the city

  • Urban
  • Commuter
  • Convenient
  • Accessible
  • Shopping
  • Museums

Santa Ana is a large suburb of Los Angeles, situated near the center of Orange County and just 15 miles from Huntington Beach. Life in Santa Ana reflects a sense of community pride and a strong connection to its rich cultural heritage. This diverse California community comes together for numerous cultural events and community engagement programs, affording the city an identity that’s all its own.

There’s a varied restaurant and nightlife scene as well as a vast number of engaging entertainment options, such as Discover Cube Orange County. MainPlace Mall is a center for retail indulgence, and it even includes a bowling alley. The community hosts an eclectic roster of festivals and events throughout the year. One of the most popular community celebrations is the annual Fiestas Patrias that is held in historical downtown Santa Ana. This festival presents an opportunity to get out and enjoy some live music and entertainment, amusement rides, and regional delicacies to try.

Less than an hour from LA, many Santa Ana residents commute from their apartment for work, although the city itself is home to a large and varied corporate sector as well as major employers in healthcare and technology. The Pacific Ocean is only a few minutes down the road, meaning an escape to the beach is possible any time.

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John Wayne Airport

Rent Trends

As of October 2020, the average apartment rent in Santa Ana, CA is $1,415 for a studio, $1,353 for one bedroom, $1,953 for two bedrooms, and $2,477 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Santa Ana has decreased by -11.8% in the past year.

Beds Avg Sq Ft Avg Rent
Studio 546 $1,415
1 BR 561 $1,353
2 BR 898 $1,953
3 BR 1,216 $2,477

Ratings

Walk Score®
68 Somewhat Walkable
Transit Score®
42 Some Transit
Bike Score®
61 Bikeable

Demographics

Statistic Value
Per Capita Income $62,763
Median Household Income $91,317
Total Population 3,197,784 people
Average Age 39 years old
Average Rent $1,353 per month

Top Schools

Public Elementary School

Arroyo Elementary School

Grades PK-5

640 Students

(714) 730-7381

out of 10

Public Elementary School

Tustin Memorial Elementary School

Grades K-5

618 Students

(714) 730-7546

out of 10

Public Elementary School

Panorama Elementary School

Grades K-6

410 Students

(714) 997-6265

out of 10

Public Elementary School

Jim Thorpe Fundamental School

Grades K-5

1,025 Students

(714) 430-5800

out of 10

Public Elementary School

Guin Foss Elementary School

Grades PK-5

432 Students

(714) 730-7552

out of 10

Public Elementary & Middle School

Santiago Elementary School

Grades K-8

1,220 Students

(714) 564-8400

out of 10

Public Middle School

Hewes Middle School

Grades 6-8

983 Students

(714) 730-7348

out of 10

Public Middle & High School

Saddleback High School

Grades 7-12

1,690 Students

(714) 513-2900

out of 10

Public Middle School

Gonzalo Felicitas Mendez Fundamental Intermediate School

Grades 6-8

1,381 Students

(714) 972-7800

out of 10

Public Middle School

Stephen R. Fitz Intermediate School

Grades 7-8

685 Students

(714) 663-6351

out of 10

Public Middle & High School

Saddleback High School

Grades 7-12

1,690 Students

(714) 513-2900

out of 10

Public High School

Foothill High School

Grades 9-12

2,526 Students

(714) 730-7464

out of 10

Public High School

Hector G. Godinez School

Grades 9-12

2,622 Students

(714) 433-6790

out of 10

Public High School

Segerstrom High School

Grades 9-12

2,433 Students

(714) 241-5000

out of 10

Public High School

Valley High School

Grades 9-12

2,241 Students

(714) 241-6410

out of 10

Top 10 Apartments in Santa Ana

  1. Broadstone Archive, Studio - 3 Bed, $2,008 - 4,496
  2. The Charlie - Orange County, Studio - 3 Bed, $1,742 - 3,470
  3. Horizon, Studio - 2 Bed, $1,595 - 2,275
  4. Pacific Woods Apartment Homes, 1-2 Bed, $1,640 - 2,075
  5. 888 on Main, Studio - 2 Bed, Call for Rent
  6. Broadstone Arden, Studio - 3 Bed, $1,990 - 3,836
  7. The Marke Apartment Community, 1-3 Bed, $1,980 - 3,990
  8. The Californian Apartments- SA, 1-2 Bed, $1,695 - 2,100
  9. Versailles on the Lake Apartments, Studio - 3 Bed, $1,716 - 2,793
  10. Las Fuentes, 1-2 Bed, $1,625 - 2,300

Living in Santa Ana

  • Restaurants

    Dining in the Santa Ana area blends classic all-American cuisine with the various techniques and flavors of California-style gastronomy.

    If you're looking for a unique dining experience, be sure to check out the Playground. This restaurant puts a local twist on the classic upscale dining experience. The menu changes daily, but Playground always serves up gourmet cuisine made from local ingredients and cooked to perfection. From filet mignon to burgers, everything made at Playhouse is prepared with care. Enjoy a specially handpicked craft beer with your meal, and stop in for the weekly Sunday supper meal special that includes 14 courses.

    Crave dishes out the best breakfast in town. The extensive breakfast menu ranges from the classics, such as French toast, to options that include the açai fruit bowl and garden frittatas. If you're feeling creative, customize your own omelet, choosing from an array of fresh ingredients. Order the BLTA sandwich, which includes applewood bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado on a crispy sourdough bread. Sample the flavors of Venezuelan cuisine when you dine at Mil Jugos. Order up some arepas, soft pockets of dough filled with tender, slowly cooked beef. Mil Jugos provides a wide variety of freshly squeezed juices, such as passion fruit, cantaloupe and papaya juice. Chow down on the queso chachapa, a sweet cornbread stuffed with cream and cheese.

  • History

    The city of Santa Ana came from humble beginnings in 1869, when William H. Spurgeon purchased 74 acres for a pittance. Spurgeon opened a general store in the small city and also became the postmaster. The city began to experience population growth in 1874 with the introduction of the Santa Fe railroad. By 1905 the city was connected to Los Angeles by train as well, opening up more opportunities for trade and travel. Be sure to drop by the Heritage Museum of Orange County for more information regarding the fascinating history of the area.

  • Transportation

    Like most of Southern California, driving is by far the most common way to get around Santa Ana. It takes around 15 minutes to drive from Santa Ana to Anaheim on the 5. That same route will get you to Los Angeles in under an hour, making it easily accessible for a weekend getaway to the big city. Public on-street parking is widely available throughout the city.

    Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) provides numerous bus routes that run throughout Santa Ana, which makes public transportation an affordable option for commuting to work.

    There are extensive bicycle trails that run throughout the city, including a trail that runs along the river. The area is also easily walkable due to its high concentration of amenities.

  • Cost

    The median monthly rental rate for a one-bedroom apartment in the Santa Ana area is around $1,700, which is fairly consistent with the broader Orange County area.

    Gas prices hover around 11 percent higher than the national average. A one-way ticket on the Orange County public transit bus costs $2, and a full day pass costs $5. The overall cost of living in the Santa Ana area is about the same as the average for the state of California.

  • Shopping

    Along with unique specialty stores, Santa Ana provides all the shopping staples from bargain stores to high-end retailers, including Goodwill, Forever 21 and Nordstrom.

    Spend your afternoon browsing upscale shops such as Niko Mika boutique in the trendy East End section of downtown. Niko Mika caters to fashion enthusiasts, carrying hip and chic clothing items bound to turn heads. Niko Mika stocks unique high-quality items not found in chain stores.

    Fill up your pantry with groceries from stores such as Trader Joe's, Ralphs, Food 4 Less or Vons. DTSA Farmers' Market promotes wellness and clean living. At DTSA, discover fresh organic produce, handmade products, pieces from local artists and more. From organic grass-fed beef to freshly picked apples from the orchard, healthy options abound at this farmers market.

  • Parks

    The Santa Ana area is full of parks and natural areas, from the small neighborhood greenspaces in the city to the massive nature preserves just outside of town. Be sure to check out Santiago Creek Wildlife and Watershed Center: Walk or bike along the park's 10 miles of paved trails, grill up some burgers on the BBQ in the secluded picnic area, or take the kids to play on the playground. The park also houses a tennis court and a baseball field. It’s also a dog-friendly area so you can feel free to bring your canine companions for a walk.

  • Highlights

    Old Orange County Courthouse, Northgate Gonzalez Markets, Bristol Swap Mall, Flower Street Park, Santa Ana High School, Grand Central Art Center, 4th Street Market, Discovery Cube Orange County, MainPlace Mall

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Apartments for Rent in Santa Ana, CA

Santa Ana is a large suburb of Los Angeles, situated near the center of Orange County and just 15 miles from Huntington Beach. Life in Santa Ana reflects a sense of community pride and a strong connection to its rich cultural heritage. This diverse California community comes together for numerous cultural events and community engagement programs, affording the city an identity that’s all its own.

There’s a varied restaurant and nightlife scene as well as a vast number of engaging entertainment options, such as Discover Cube Orange County. MainPlace Mall is a center for retail indulgence, and it even includes a bowling alley. The community hosts an eclectic roster of festivals and events throughout the year. One of the most popular community celebrations is the annual Fiestas Patrias that is held in historical downtown Santa Ana. This festival presents an opportunity to get out and enjoy some live music and entertainment, amusement rides, and regional delicacies to try.

Less than an hour from LA, many Santa Ana residents commute from their apartment for work, although the city itself is home to a large and varied corporate sector as well as major employers in healthcare and technology. The Pacific Ocean is only a few minutes down the road, meaning an escape to the beach is possible any time.

Frequently asked questions

What is the average rent in Santa Ana, CA?

The average rent in Santa Ana, CA is $1,353

What is the average rent of a Studio apartment in Santa Ana, CA?

The average rent for a studio apartment in Santa Ana, CA is $1,415

What is the average rent of a 1 bedroom apartment in Santa Ana, CA?

The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Santa Ana, CA is $1,353

What is the average rent of a 2 bedroom apartment in Santa Ana, CA?

The average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment in Santa Ana, CA is $1,953

What is the average rent of a 3 bedroom apartment in Santa Ana, CA?

The average rent for a 3 bedroom apartment in Santa Ana, CA is $2,477

How transit friendly is Santa Ana, CA?

Santa Ana, CA has a transit score of 42

What are the top Elementary schools in Santa Ana, CA?

The top elementary schools in Santa Ana, CA are

  • Arroyo Elementary School
  • Tustin Memorial Elementary School
  • Panorama Elementary School
  • Jim Thorpe Fundamental School
  • Guin Foss Elementary School

What are the top middle schools in Santa Ana, CA?

The top middle schools in Santa Ana, CA are

  • Hewes Middle School
  • Saddleback High School
  • Gonzalo Felicitas Mendez Fundamental Intermediate School
  • Stephen R. Fitz Intermediate School
  • Saddleback High School

What are the top high schools in Santa Ana, CA?

The top high schools in Santa Ana, CA are

  • Foothill High School
  • Hector G. Godinez School
  • Segerstrom High School
  • Valley High School

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