These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Santa Ana


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

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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:

  1. Metro Classic
  2. Morning Sunwood
  3. Meredith Parkwood
  4. Bristol-Warner
  5. Thornton Park
  6. Portola Park
  7. Windsor Village
  8. Fairhaven
  9. West Grove Valley
  10. Floral Park

Read on to see how we determined the places around Santa Ana that deserve a little bragging rights.

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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.

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1. Metro Classic

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,090
Median Home Price: $474,800
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,162
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%

2. Morning Sunwood

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,867
Median Home Price: $463,200
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,429
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%

3. Meredith Parkwood

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,310
Median Home Price: $398,800
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,242
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%

4. Bristol-Warner

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,500
Median Home Price: $362,100
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,314
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%

5. Thornton Park

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,590
Median Home Price: $383,050
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,876
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%

6. Portola Park

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,645
Median Home Price: $431,100
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,463
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%

7. Windsor Village

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,355
Median Home Price: $342,300
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,071
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%

8. Fairhaven

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,513
Median Home Price: $442,700
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,644
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%

9. West Grove Valley

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,087
Median Home Price: $409,700
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,476
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%

10. Floral Park

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,006
Median 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:

  1. Lyon Street
  2. Bella Vista
  3. Casa Bonita

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Santa Ana

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Metro Classic 1 1,090 $474,800 1,162 4.5%
Morning Sunwood 2 2,867 $463,200 1,429 6.9%
Meredith Parkwood 3 2,310 $398,800 1,242 4.3%
Bristol-Warner 4 2,500 $362,100 2,314 4.7%
Thornton Park 5 3,590 $383,050 1,876 3.6%
Portola Park 6 1,645 $431,100 1,463 4.4%
Windsor Village 7 2,355 $342,300 2,071 2.2%
Fairhaven 8 2,513 $442,700 1,644 5.1%
West Grove Valley 9 1,087 $409,700 1,476 4.4%
Floral Park 10 2,006 $614,100 837 7.6%
Central City 11 7,455 $346,325 2,231 6.4%
Shadow Run 12 1,510 $369,000 2,095 4.6%
Sunwood Central 13 5,877 $406,300 2,162 6.7%
Washington Square 14 3,339 $431,800 1,760 6.4%
Sandpointe 15 4,277 $373,567 1,352 8.4%
West Floral Park 16 3,095 $465,250 1,381 7.8%
Park Santiago 17 3,682 $370,500 1,398 6.9%
New Horizons 18 3,773 $322,900 2,326 6.2%
Morrison-Eldridge Par 19 2,525 $490,550 1,631 6.1%
Laurelhurst 20 2,314 $383,600 2,128 12.3%
Wilshire Square 21 4,468 $347,000 2,230 8.8%
Heninger Park 22 6,919 $381,480 2,324 5.9%
Mid-City 23 10,141 $310,450 2,577 5.7%
Mabury Park 24 3,181 $333,975 1,867 6.2%
Valley Adams 25 3,871 $326,300 2,420 7.3%
South Coast 26 2,803 $285,150 2,104 8.5%
Memorial Park 27 10,462 $321,540 2,286 9.4%
Flower Park 28 7,027 $284,550 2,731 2.0%
Saddleback View 29 1,405 $350,000 2,155 5.4%
Madison Park 30 7,518 $338,400 2,433 7.3%
Riverview 31 3,288 $374,950 1,848 10.3%
Centennial Park 32 3,527 $325,650 2,462 5.7%
Eastside 33 14,095 $330,256 2,525 7.8%
Pico-Lowell 34 10,886 $283,533 2,615 6.6%
Delhi 35 6,298 $305,750 2,353 5.6%
Artesia Pilar 36 14,318 $331,983 2,404 9.2%
Cedar Evergreen 37 1,810 $347,900 2,600 8.7%
Riverview West 38 35,145 $285,939 2,371 6.8%
French Park 39 2,274 $339,900 2,484 6.8%
Windsor Village North 40 4,106 $208,000 2,778 7.1%
Santa Anita 41 12,295 $283,486 2,616 6.6%
French Court 42 2,488 $299,300 2,616 6.4%
Lacy 43 5,211 $336,767 2,475 8.5%
Cornerstone Village 44 5,977 $184,300 3,152 7.8%
Logan 45 1,496 $320,250 2,559 8.6%
Santa Ana Triangle 46 2,170 $188,550 2,856 8.3%
Casa Bonita 47 1,885 $33,300 3,335 16.5%
Bella Vista 48 4,055 $251,100 2,784 8.8%
Lyon Street 49 4,872 $138,067 3,035 6.4%

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