THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Santa Ana For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Santa Ana.
Best Neighborhoods In Santa Ana

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. So, if you're thinking of moving to California and Santa Ana is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Santa Ana for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Metro Classic looks to be the best Santa Ana neighborhood to live in.

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 best to worst.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Santa Ana

Population: 1,646
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 14)
Median Home Value: $525,500 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $97,727 (Fourth best)
More on Metro Classic: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,639
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $509,700 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $101,591 (Third best)
More on Morning Sunwood: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 6,292
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $459,633 (14th best)
Median Income: $61,889 (29th best)
More on Sunwood Central: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,905
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $365,200 (36th best)
Median Income: $92,045 (Sixth best)
More on Bristol-Warner: Homes For Sale | Data

Floral Park Santa Ana, CA

Population: 1,619
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $521,433 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $71,608 (13th best)
More on Floral Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,810
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 18)
Median Home Value: $430,900 (18th best)
Median Income: $82,679 (Ninth best)
More on Laurelhurst: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,393
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $429,300 (20th best)
Median Income: $83,646 (Eighth best)
More on West Grove Valley: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 5,691
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $384,150 (28th best)
Median Income: $57,424 (34th best)
More on New Horizons: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 11,887
Rank Last Year: 26 (Up 17)
Median Home Value: $361,780 (37th best)
Median Income: $67,694 (17th best)
More on Memorial Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 8,360
Rank Last Year: 36 (Up 26)
Median Home Value: $372,720 (31st best)
Median Income: $66,774 (20th best)
More on Madison Park: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Santa Ana, CA Neighborhoods In 2020

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 then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 58 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, California has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In 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.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Santa Ana aren't all good. Lyon Street takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Santa Ana.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Santa Ana For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Metro Classic 1,646 $525,500 $97,727
2 Morning Sunwood 2,639 $509,700 $101,591
3 Sunwood Central 6,292 $459,633 $61,889
4 Bristol-Warner 2,905 $365,200 $92,045
5 Floral Park 1,619 $521,433 $71,608
6 Laurelhurst 1,810 $430,900 $82,679
7 West Grove Valley 1,393 $429,300 $83,646
8 New Horizons 5,691 $384,150 $57,424
9 Memorial Park 11,887 $361,780 $67,694
10 Madison Park 8,360 $372,720 $66,774
11 Fisher Park 693 $603,200 $129,615
12 Park Santiago 4,223 $455,700 $65,887
13 Eastside 11,989 $272,867 $45,094
14 Thornton Park 3,352 $429,700 $80,580
15 Shadow Run 2,016 $423,100 $66,731
16 Casa De Santiago 470 $603,200 $129,615
17 Centennial Park 3,391 $402,500 $66,548
18 South Coast 2,687 $355,900 $69,126
19 Washington Square 3,389 $484,333 $46,199
20 Mid-City 8,886 $369,700 $61,060
21 West Floral Park 2,797 $509,650 $77,013
22 Morrison-Eldridge Par 2,072 $526,850 $46,016
23 Republic Homes 685 $474,100 $62,589
24 Riverview 3,744 $397,100 $68,980
25 Sandpointe 4,625 $451,700 $64,203
26 Portola Park 1,484 $471,250 $78,969
27 Fairhaven 3,149 $516,300 $70,752
28 Grand Sunrise 606 $422,400 $53,906
29 Riverview West 36,625 $308,228 $54,864
30 Edna Park 555 $408,200 $61,806
31 Pico-Lowell 11,682 $370,917 $49,987
32 Flower Park 6,168 $172,900 $27,606
33 Bristol Memory 843 $526,850 $46,016
34 Wilshire Square 3,763 $368,950 $62,938
35 Artesia Pilar 13,221 $344,433 $55,230
36 Meredith Parkwood 2,453 $465,800 $61,719
37 Concord 568 $432,900 $95,446
38 Windsor Village 2,559 $378,700 $90,750
39 Valley Adams 3,511 $409,200 $67,390
40 Fairbridge Square 332 $368,200 $67,262
41 Cedar Evergreen 1,381 $417,200 $44,063
42 Santa Ana Triangle 2,151 $319,100 $29,622
43 Mabury Park 2,645 $379,025 $64,012
44 Santa Anita 12,569 $229,471 $49,834
45 Logan 1,240 $331,100 $32,332
46 Central City 7,581 $351,850 $59,212
47 Lacy 5,566 $204,433 $37,852
48 Northwest 1,590 $269,350 $52,813
49 Heninger Park 7,168 $274,433 $41,084
50 Saddleback View 1,378 $360,550 $42,338
51 French Park 2,226 $291,567 $31,895
52 French Court 2,227 $294,167 $27,603
53 Riverglen 1,006 $269,350 $52,813
54 Cornerstone Village 5,857 $20,000 $26,935
55 Bella Vista 4,564 $233,600 $50,267
56 Delhi 5,533 $354,300 $55,482
57 Mar-Les 763 $229,900 $64,427
58 Lyon Street 4,059 $216,925 $42,105

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.