These Are The 10 Best Santa Ana Suburbs For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Santa Ana suburbs.

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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 2019:

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

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 2019

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 (2013-2017) 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.

Redondo Beach, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 67,950
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $104,548
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Redondo Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 $104,548 a year, which is the 14th highest in the Santa Ana region. And only 520.0% are out of work. Homes average more than $817,300 each.

Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,591
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $180,815
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
More on Palos Verdes Estates: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Palos Verdes Estates is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Santa Ana for 2019.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 2.2% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

San Marino, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 13,331
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Income: $152,527
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
More on San Marino: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in San Marino, 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 San Marino.

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 42,463
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $124,552
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Rancho Palos Verdes: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rancho Palos Verdes ranks as the 4th best suburb of Santa Ana for 2019.

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

Newport Beach, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 86,793
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $119,379
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
More on Newport Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Newport Beach.

Newport Beach gets kudos for having the 1st most expensive homes in the Santa Ana area, where houses sell for an average of $1,695,700. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Rolling Hills Estates, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,229
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $131,471
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Rolling Hills Estates: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rolling Hills Estates 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 420.0% which is 7th best in the area.

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

Aliso Viejo, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 50,691
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $106,353
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Aliso Viejo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Yorba Linda, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 67,740
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $123,962
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Yorba Linda: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Yorba Linda 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 4.2% of people lack insurance, good for 7th in the area.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 49,078
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $106,939
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
More on Rancho Santa Margarita: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is ‘Everything Better In Rancho Santa Margarita?’

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.

Mission Viejo, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 96,535
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $107,988
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on Mission Viejo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2019 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 2019

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 Median Income
1 Redondo Beach 67,950 $104,548
2 Palos Verdes Estates 13,591 $180,815
3 San Marino 13,331 $152,527
4 Rancho Palos Verdes 42,463 $124,552
5 Newport Beach 86,793 $119,379
6 Rolling Hills Estates 8,229 $131,471
7 Aliso Viejo 50,691 $106,353
8 Yorba Linda 67,740 $123,962
9 Rancho Santa Margarita 49,078 $106,939
10 Mission Viejo 96,535 $107,988
11 La Habra Heights 5,425 $112,273
12 Laguna Niguel 65,429 $99,206
13 Cypress 49,108 $90,345
14 San Clemente 65,226 $101,843
15 Laguna Beach 23,224 $117,586
16 Torrance 147,190 $85,070
17 La Palma 15,814 $91,024
18 Villa Park 5,935 $142,628
19 Huntington Beach 200,415 $88,079
20 Arcadia 58,156 $90,666
21 Dana Point 34,028 $90,310
22 Cerritos 50,145 $98,953
23 El Cerrito 24,982 $96,914
24 Fountain Valley 56,640 $86,602
25 Walnut 30,062 $98,329
26 Laguna Hills 31,235 $99,797
27 Irvine 256,877 $95,573
28 Claremont 35,949 $96,923
29 Lake Forest 81,812 $96,963
30 Brea 41,921 $90,214
31 Diamond Bar 56,600 $94,531
32 Placentia 52,294 $88,501
33 Lakewood 81,106 $84,055
34 Chino Hills 78,025 $102,746
35 San Dimas 34,334 $81,242
36 La Mirada 49,162 $87,400
37 Eastvale 59,733 $110,685
38 La Verne 32,320 $82,829
39 Los Alamitos 11,639 $79,459
40 Seal Beach 24,510 $65,401
41 Laguna Woods 16,314 $40,837
42 Tustin 80,007 $73,567
43 Costa Mesa 112,930 $75,109
44 Orange 140,289 $83,500
45 Whittier 86,852 $69,058
46 Lomita 20,707 $62,353
47 San Juan Capistrano 35,948 $81,730
48 Alhambra 85,168 $55,401
49 Buena Park 83,020 $71,005
50 Artesia 16,853 $62,702
51 Glendora 51,891 $86,442
52 Norco 26,711 $91,915
53 Covina 48,601 $68,311
54 Upland 76,155 $65,349
55 Fullerton 139,976 $71,660
56 Downey 113,358 $68,162
57 West Covina 107,786 $74,551
58 San Gabriel 40,315 $55,939
59 Monterey Park 61,056 $55,117
60 Westminster 91,785 $57,575
61 Signal Hill 11,508 $75,843
62 La Habra 61,965 $72,178
63 Temple 4,338 $65,375
64 Garden Grove 174,812 $62,675
65 Corona 163,585 $73,594
66 Carson 92,927 $75,517
67 Santa Fe Springs 17,669 $63,540
68 Lawndale 33,191 $54,862
69 Norwalk 106,404 $63,669
70 Anaheim 349,007 $65,313
71 Pico Rivera 63,750 $61,586
72 Bellflower 77,852 $52,944
73 Rosemead 54,615 $50,074
74 Long Beach 470,489 $58,314
75 Gardena 60,096 $50,807
76 Chino 85,609 $75,530
77 Baldwin Park 76,572 $57,209
78 Duarte 21,832 $71,260
79 Midway 3,322 $56,458
80 Montebello 63,468 $50,312
81 Hawthorne 87,425 $47,636
82 La Puente 40,451 $60,019
83 Azusa 49,029 $57,728
84 Stanton 38,648 $50,601
85 El Monte 115,958 $43,504
86 Paramount 55,020 $49,064
87 South El Monte 20,712 $44,651
88 Bell 35,942 $39,686
89 Montclair 38,613 $54,192
90 South Gate 95,420 $47,281
91 Lynwood 71,350 $45,839
92 Ontario 171,041 $57,544
93 Hawaiian Gardens 14,465 $38,553
94 Bell Gardens 42,845 $39,008
95 Huntington Park 58,993 $38,106
96 Pomona 152,366 $53,281
97 Maywood 27,700 $37,508
98 Compton 97,847 $48,117
99 Cudahy 24,146 $39,804
100 Commerce 12,998 $42,734

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