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.
Here are the best neighborhoods in Santa Ana:
- Metro Classic
- Morning Sunwood
- Meredith Parkwood
- Thornton Park
- Portola Park
- Windsor Village
- West Grove Valley
- Floral Park
Read on to see how we determined the places around Santa Ana that deserve a little bragging rights.
How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Santa Ana?
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 limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 49 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 has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
1. Metro Classic
Population: 1,090Median Home Price: $474,800
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,162
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
2. Morning Sunwood
Population: 2,867Median Home Price: $463,200
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,429
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%
3. Meredith Parkwood
Population: 2,310Median Home Price: $398,800
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,242
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Population: 2,500Median Home Price: $362,100
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,314
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
5. Thornton Park
Population: 3,590Median Home Price: $383,050
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,876
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
6. Portola Park
Population: 1,645Median Home Price: $431,100
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,463
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
7. Windsor Village
Population: 2,355Median Home Price: $342,300
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,071
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Population: 2,513Median Home Price: $442,700
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,644
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
9. West Grove Valley
Population: 1,087Median Home Price: $409,700
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,476
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
10. Floral Park
Population: 2,006Median Home Price: $614,100
Crimes Per 100K People: 837
Unemployment Rate: 7.6%
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of 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.
If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Santa Ana:
- Lyon Street
- Bella Vista
- Casa Bonita
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Santa Ana
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|West Floral Park||16|
|Windsor Village North||40|
|Santa Ana Triangle||46|