These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Santa Ana, CA 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 (Homes)
  2. Northwest (Homes)
  3. West Grove Valley (Homes)
  4. Meredith Parkwood (Homes)
  5. Riverview (Homes)
  6. Floral Park (Homes)
  7. Morrison-Eldridge Par (Homes)
  8. Portola Park (Homes)
  9. Fairhaven (Homes)
  10. West Floral Park (Homes)

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.

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How do you determine the top 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 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, 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.

1. Thornton Park

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

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2. Northwest

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

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3. West Grove Valley

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

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4. Meredith Parkwood

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

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5. Riverview

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

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6. Floral Park

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

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7. Morrison-Eldridge Par

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

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8. Portola Park

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

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9. Fairhaven

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

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10. West Floral Park

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

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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. Windsor Village North
  2. Santa Anita
  3. French Court

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Santa Ana

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

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