These Are The 10 Best Santa Ana Suburbs For 2018


We analyzed over 100 places around Santa Ana to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Santa Ana are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Santa Ana for 2018:

  1. Redondo Beach (Photos | Homes)
  2. Palos Verdes Estates (Photos | Homes)
  3. Rancho Palos Verdes (Photos | Homes)
  4. Rolling Hills Estates (Photos | Homes)
  5. Newport Beach (Photos | Homes)
  6. San Marino (Photos | Homes)
  7. Aliso Viejo (Photos | Homes)
  8. Rancho Santa Margarita (Photos | Homes)
  9. Yorba Linda (Photos | Homes)
  10. Mission Viejo (Photos | Homes)

If you happen to be a resident of Redondo Beach, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Santa Ana ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Santa Ana for 2018

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Santa Ana was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2012-2016) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Santa Ana.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 3,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 100 suburbs to evaluate around Santa Ana.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 100 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Santa Ana.” We’re lookin’ at you, Redondo Beach.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

1. Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 67,664
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Median Home Price: $775,300
Median Income: $103,782
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Redondo Beach is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Santa Ana area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Redondo Beach.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $103,782 a year, which is the 12th highest in the Santa Ana region. And only 5.8% are out of work. Homes average more than $775,300 each.

2. Palos Verdes Estates

Palos Verdes Estates, California

Population: 13,582
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Median Home Price: $1,609,500
Median Income: $200,766
More on Palos Verdes Estates: Real Estate | Data

Palos Verdes Estates is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Santa Ana for 2018.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 3.6% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

3. Rancho Palos Verdes

Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 42,412
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Median Home Price: $1,003,300
Median Income: $120,668
More on Rancho Palos Verdes: Real Estate | Data

Here in Rancho Palos Verdes, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Santa Ana metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Rancho Palos Verdes.

4. Rolling Hills Estates

Rolling Hills Estates, California

Population: 8,206
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Median Home Price: $1,096,400
Median Income: $129,728
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Rolling Hills Estates ranks as the 4th best suburb of Santa Ana for 2018.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Rolling Hills Estates and the schools are some of the best around.

5. Newport Beach

Newport Beach, California

Population: 86,813
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Median Home Price: $1,584,900
Median Income: $115,845
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Coming in as the fifth best is Newport Beach.

Newport Beach gets kudos for having the 2nd most expensive homes in the Santa Ana area, where houses sell for an average of $1,584,900. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. San Marino

San Marino, California

Population: 13,324
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Median Home Price: $1,518,400
Median Income: $139,792
More on San Marino: Real Estate | Data

San Marino is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 4.3% which is 3rd best in the area.

According to online reports, San Marino is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Santa Ana area, meaning you need to get in soon.

7. Aliso Viejo

Aliso Viejo, California

Population: 50,219
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Median Home Price: $539,000
Median Income: $103,261
More on Aliso Viejo: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Aliso Viejo.

Aliso Viejo schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 14.0 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Rancho Santa Margarita

Rancho Santa Margarita, California

Population: 49,038
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Median Home Price: $584,000
Median Income: $104,556
More on Rancho Santa Margarita: Real Estate | Data

Rancho Santa Margarita is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 5.8% of people lack insurance, good for 13th in the area.

9. Yorba Linda

Yorba Linda, California

Population: 67,362
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Median Home Price: $728,300
Median Income: $119,697
More on Yorba Linda: Real Estate | Data

Is ‘Everything Better In Yorba Linda?’

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

10. Mission Viejo

Mission Viejo, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 96,178
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Median Home Price: $608,100
Median Income: $104,886
More on Mission Viejo: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Mission Viejo.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Santa Ana ‘Burbs of 2018

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Santa Ana, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Santa Ana Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Redondo Beach 67,664 5.8% $775,300 $103,782
2 Palos Verdes Estates 13,582 2.0% $1,609,500 $200,766
3 Rancho Palos Verdes 42,412 4.3% $1,003,300 $120,668
4 Rolling Hills Estates 8,206 4.4% $1,096,400 $129,728
5 Newport Beach 86,813 5.4% $1,584,900 $115,845
6 San Marino 13,324 4.3% $1,518,400 $139,792
7 Aliso Viejo 50,219 5.9% $539,000 $103,261
8 Rancho Santa Margarita 49,038 3.6% $584,000 $104,556
9 Yorba Linda 67,362 6.5% $728,300 $119,697
10 Mission Viejo 96,178 6.0% $608,100 $104,886
11 La Habra Heights 5,406 4.9% $893,200 $110,329
12 Laguna Niguel 64,984 6.4% $712,000 $97,894
13 San Clemente 65,082 5.5% $801,100 $97,210
14 Torrance 147,307 6.4% $652,600 $80,862
15 Villa Park 5,922 8.7% $1,030,800 $131,386
16 Cerritos 49,797 6.6% $620,500 $95,373
17 Laguna Beach 23,204 6.8% $1,390,500 $100,506
18 Cypress 48,978 5.2% $540,900 $84,469
19 Huntington Beach 198,724 6.0% $659,700 $85,312
20 Irvine 246,992 6.2% $718,800 $93,823
21 El Cerrito 24,646 6.6% $636,600 $92,670
22 Dana Point 34,009 6.1% $780,300 $83,913
23 Arcadia 57,755 6.5% $920,700 $83,958
24 Walnut 30,026 6.6% $679,700 $97,345
25 Lake Forest 80,658 5.2% $550,600 $92,415
26 La Palma 15,834 6.4% $602,000 $83,760
27 Fountain Valley 56,670 6.6% $626,600 $84,763
28 Brea 41,351 6.4% $579,600 $85,555
29 Laguna Hills 31,127 6.2% $628,800 $92,690
30 Lakewood 81,054 6.3% $445,800 $82,175
31 Claremont 35,827 6.8% $581,100 $94,005
32 Diamond Bar 56,456 7.3% $593,100 $89,845
33 Chino Hills 77,266 7.0% $537,800 $97,222
34 La Mirada 49,130 6.9% $448,400 $81,956
35 Placentia 52,168 6.8% $554,500 $80,668
36 La Verne 32,078 7.0% $500,300 $78,385
37 Eastvale 58,217 9.6% $460,100 $104,940
38 San Dimas 34,109 7.0% $481,000 $79,081
39 Los Alamitos 11,661 7.8% $680,100 $80,926
40 Laguna Woods 16,347 5.1% $228,700 $39,201
41 Costa Mesa 112,439 6.5% $637,200 $70,438
42 Seal Beach 24,510 6.3% $308,400 $60,222
43 Tustin 79,396 6.8% $543,200 $70,822
44 Buena Park 82,771 5.7% $448,900 $70,341
45 Alhambra 84,866 6.0% $518,800 $53,138
46 Whittier 86,630 6.7% $458,500 $67,431
47 Orange 139,919 7.3% $565,800 $79,192
48 Lomita 20,652 8.0% $532,300 $61,580
49 Artesia 16,789 5.2% $419,500 $58,651
50 Upland 75,851 5.9% $444,200 $62,369
51 San Gabriel 40,200 6.9% $605,600 $54,015
52 Glendora 51,285 10.1% $481,800 $78,448
53 Downey 113,223 6.8% $449,900 $65,332
54 Norco 26,809 8.5% $445,700 $87,067
55 Covina 48,539 9.7% $415,300 $65,451
56 Fullerton 139,491 8.6% $551,300 $67,110
57 West Covina 107,634 9.9% $430,800 $71,217
58 San Juan Capistrano 36,006 7.1% $590,500 $79,393
59 Monterey Park 61,001 7.5% $532,700 $54,008
60 Midway 3,256 4.9% $127,800 $56,367
61 Corona 161,614 7.8% $378,500 $72,309
62 Westminster 91,635 7.4% $499,400 $55,287
63 Santa Fe Springs 17,436 4.9% $371,400 $58,147
64 Garden Grove 174,676 7.6% $445,700 $60,522
65 La Habra 61,660 10.0% $436,200 $65,799
66 Signal Hill 11,404 7.0% $446,000 $70,286
67 Carson 92,780 10.8% $366,700 $73,829
68 Norwalk 106,360 8.0% $350,600 $61,050
69 Lawndale 33,161 7.0% $401,700 $51,934
70 Gardena 59,898 8.3% $372,500 $50,137
71 Long Beach 469,793 9.4% $448,800 $55,151
72 Anaheim 346,776 8.1% $457,600 $61,826
73 Bellflower 77,687 8.3% $367,300 $50,704
74 Chino 83,670 9.0% $365,500 $72,832
75 Pico Rivera 63,724 8.6% $351,300 $57,203
76 Rosemead 54,507 8.2% $455,100 $45,510
77 Montebello 63,416 8.1% $413,900 $47,518
78 Azusa 48,498 8.1% $342,000 $56,569
79 La Puente 40,384 8.1% $343,000 $57,174
80 Hawthorne 86,938 9.8% $419,600 $45,089
81 Duarte 21,792 10.4% $385,600 $65,571
82 Baldwin Park 76,511 8.8% $333,500 $53,651
83 Stanton 38,594 8.0% $322,200 $48,332
84 El Monte 115,665 9.2% $374,900 $40,654
85 South El Monte 20,566 7.0% $363,100 $42,460
86 Paramount 54,941 9.1% $283,400 $46,364
87 Montclair 38,294 9.3% $281,100 $50,374
88 South Gate 95,219 11.7% $329,000 $45,522
89 Temple 4,287 11.5% $102,600 $46,680
90 Lynwood 71,233 10.2% $312,100 $43,848
91 Ontario 169,389 9.3% $293,000 $54,896
92 Maywood 27,672 9.5% $325,600 $36,696
93 Hawaiian Gardens 14,468 10.5% $288,200 $36,026
94 Bell 35,927 11.4% $322,900 $38,823
95 Pomona 151,807 11.0% $310,100 $50,360
96 Bell Gardens 42,805 10.6% $318,700 $37,183
97 Huntington Park 58,921 11.1% $322,300 $35,629
98 Compton 97,740 13.9% $264,300 $45,406
99 Cudahy 24,106 11.9% $285,900 $39,058
100 Commerce 12,997 11.4% $343,200 $42,235

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