These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Santa Ana For 2018


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 for 2018:

  1. Thornton Park
  2. Northwest
  3. West Grove Valley
  4. Meredith Parkwood
  5. Riverview
  6. Morrison-Eldridge Par
  7. Floral Park
  8. Portola Park
  9. Fairhaven
  10. West Floral Park

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

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in California check out the best places in California overall or the worst neighborhoods in Santa Ana.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Santa Ana for 2018?

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 50 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, Thornton Park.

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. Thornton Park

Population: 3,682
Median Income: $98,580
Median Home Value: $425,150

2. Northwest

Population: 1,190
Median Income: $60,944
Median Home Value: $580,100

3. West Grove Valley

Population: 1,330
Median Income: $82,610
Median Home Value: $404,300

4. Meredith Parkwood

Population: 2,336
Median Income: $63,560
Median Home Value: $444,950

5. Riverview

Population: 3,405
Median Income: $60,973
Median Home Value: $371,450

6. Morrison-Eldridge Par

Population: 2,105
Median Income: $52,685
Median Home Value: $520,500

7. Floral Park

Population: 1,830
Median Income: $67,833
Median Home Value: $409,733

8. Portola Park

Population: 1,505
Median Income: $68,542
Median Home Value: $444,000

9. Fairhaven

Population: 2,370
Median Income: $54,827
Median Home Value: $440,900

10. West Floral Park

Population: 2,827
Median Income: $65,527
Median Home Value: $465,300

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. Santa Ana Triangle
  2. Windsor Village North
  3. Santa Anita

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Santa Ana

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Thornton Park 1 3,682 $425,150 1,866 3.8%
Northwest 2 1,190 $580,100 1,625 2.4%
West Grove Valley 3 1,330 $404,300 1,926 3.1%
Meredith Parkwood 4 2,336 $444,950 1,663 5.0%
Riverview 5 3,405 $371,450 2,264 10.2%
Morrison-Eldridge Par 6 2,105 $520,500 1,638 4.6%
Floral Park 7 1,830 $409,733 1,019 6.3%
Portola Park 8 1,505 $444,000 1,586 6.5%
Fairhaven 9 2,370 $440,900 1,846 5.8%
West Floral Park 10 2,827 $465,300 1,529 7.6%
Bristol-Warner 11 2,405 $358,800 2,424 3.2%
Morning Sunwood 12 2,946 $448,900 1,740 7.1%
Sandpointe 13 4,564 $382,800 1,862 7.9%
Windsor Village 14 2,980 $345,500 2,561 2.7%
Park Santiago 15 3,869 $332,633 2,052 6.1%
Mabury Park 16 3,126 $326,450 2,217 5.9%
Sunwood Central 17 6,229 $384,033 2,701 4.4%
New Horizons 18 4,918 $349,300 2,715 5.0%
Washington Square 19 3,132 $421,267 2,003 7.8%
Metro Classic 20 1,367 $466,300 1,946 5.6%
Centennial Park 21 3,682 $333,100 2,832 6.4%
Wilshire Square 22 4,269 $306,050 2,924 10.1%
Central City 23 6,945 $350,325 2,318 6.5%
Laurelhurst 24 1,828 $366,200 2,309 9.4%
Delhi 25 5,611 $285,050 2,659 7.3%
Memorial Park 26 12,286 $316,040 2,872 6.5%
French Park 27 2,314 $326,067 3,045 6.1%
Saddleback View 28 1,340 $314,450 2,935 3.2%
South Coast 29 2,468 $291,850 2,339 6.6%
Mid-City 30 9,176 $315,325 3,015 5.9%
Valley Adams 31 3,948 $351,300 2,797 8.7%
Logan 32 1,278 $317,650 3,089 6.2%
Madison Park 33 7,655 $332,880 2,926 7.2%
Cedar Evergreen 34 1,743 $351,400 3,091 7.3%
Shadow Run 35 1,757 $369,600 2,763 8.7%
Flower Park 36 6,612 $254,050 3,522 2.7%
Bella Vista 37 4,495 $258,850 3,287 9.0%
Artesia Pilar 38 14,047 $317,983 2,854 7.9%
Heninger Park 39 7,318 $260,800 3,292 3.9%
Riverview West 40 35,998 $288,111 2,858 6.2%
Pico-Lowell 41 11,654 $278,650 3,206 7.0%
Casa Bonita 42 2,051 $38,100 4,074 12.1%
Lyon Street 43 4,872 $167,800 3,520 4.8%
Eastside 44 13,003 $219,911 3,481 6.9%
Cornerstone Village 45 6,424 $44,267 4,074 7.7%
Lacy 46 5,299 $245,900 3,302 5.0%
French Court 47 2,325 $223,500 3,517 5.0%
Santa Anita 48 12,306 $297,957 3,086 8.0%
Windsor Village North 49 4,326 $240,000 3,300 8.5%

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