Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live 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.
Here are the best neighborhoods in Santa Ana for 2019:
- Metro Classic (Homes)
- Morning Sunwood (Homes)
- Sunwood Central (Homes)
- Bristol-Warner (Homes)
- Floral Park (Homes)
- Laurelhurst (Homes)
- West Grove Valley (Homes)
- New Horizons (Homes)
- Memorial Park (Homes)
- Madison Park (Homes)
So what’s the best neighborhood to live in Santa Ana for 2019? 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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How we determined the best Santa Ana hoods in 2019
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.
Rank Last Year: 30 (Up 29)
Median Home Value: $525,500 (5th best)
Median Income: $97,727 (4th best)
More on Metro Classic: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 16)
Median Home Value: $509,700 (8th best)
Median Income: $101,591 (3rd best)
More on Morning Sunwood: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 27 (Up 24)
Median Home Value: $459,633 (14th best)
Median Income: $61,889 (29th best)
More on Sunwood Central: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 14)
Median Home Value: $365,200 (36th best)
Median Income: $92,045 (6th best)
More on Bristol-Warner: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $521,433 (6th best)
Median Income: $71,608 (13th best)
More on Floral Park: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 35 (Up 30)
Median Home Value: $430,900 (18th best)
Median Income: $82,679 (9th best)
More on Laurelhurst: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $429,300 (20th best)
Median Income: $83,646 (8th best)
More on West Grove Valley: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 28 (Up 20)
Median Home Value: $384,150 (28th best)
Median Income: $57,424 (34th best)
More on New Horizons: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 36 (Up 27)
Median Home Value: $361,780 (37th best)
Median Income: $67,694 (17th best)
More on Memorial Park: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 42 (Up 32)
Median Home Value: $372,720 (31st best)
Median Income: $66,774 (20th best)
More on Madison Park: Homes For Sale | Data
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 2019
||West Grove Valley
||Casa De Santiago
||West Floral Park
||Santa Ana Triangle