Best Santa Ana Suburbs To Live For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth 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...

What's the best suburb of Santa Ana? Redondo Beach ranks as the best suburb of Santa Ana for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. 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.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about California:

The 10 Best Santa Ana Suburbs To Live For 2020

Redondo Beach, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 67,700
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $112,271
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
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 $112,271 a year, which is the 12th highest in the Santa Ana region. And only 4.43% are out of work. Homes average more than $875,000 each.

Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,523
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $175,000
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
More on Palos Verdes Estates: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Palos Verdes Estates is the second best 'burb we looked at near Santa Ana for 2020.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 2.45% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 42,271
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $133,286
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Rancho Palos Verdes: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Newport Beach, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 86,280
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $122,709
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 6.6%
More on Newport Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newport Beach ranks as the 4th best suburb of Santa Ana for 2020.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Newport Beach and the schools are some of the best around.

Yorba Linda, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 67,815
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Income: $129,391
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Yorba Linda: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Yorba Linda.

Yorba Linda gets kudos for having the 13th most expensive homes in the Santa Ana area, where houses sell for an average of $829,700. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

San Marino, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 13,285
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Income: $159,509
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 9.1%
More on San Marino: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 3.61% which is 8th 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.

Aliso Viejo, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 50,925
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $108,558
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
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.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 48,792
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $115,073
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Rancho Santa Margarita: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 4.22% of people lack insurance, good for 15th in the area.

Rolling Hills Estates, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,187
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Income: $143,873
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Rolling Hills Estates: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Rolling Hills Estates?'

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: 96,124
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $114,688
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
More on Mission Viejo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Santa Ana for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs 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 for 2014-2018 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. You can download the data here.

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.

Welcome to the Best Santa Ana 'Burbs of 2020

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.

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Santa Ana Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Redondo Beach, CA 67,700 $112,271
2 Palos Verdes Estates, CA 13,523 $175,000
3 Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 42,271 $133,286
4 Newport Beach, CA 86,280 $122,709
5 Yorba Linda, CA 67,815 $129,391
6 San Marino, CA 13,285 $159,509
7 Aliso Viejo, CA 50,925 $108,558
8 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 48,792 $115,073
9 Rolling Hills Estates, CA 8,187 $143,873
10 Mission Viejo, CA 96,124 $114,688
11 Laguna Niguel, CA 65,652 $103,910
12 Villa Park, CA 5,912 $145,250
13 Torrance, CA 146,392 $90,309
14 San Clemente, CA 65,045 $105,812
15 Cypress, CA 48,955 $92,098
16 La Palma, CA 15,733 $98,788
17 Dana Point, CA 33,913 $97,519
18 La Habra Heights, CA 5,383 $111,551
19 El Cerrito, CA 25,203 $100,422
20 Huntington Beach, CA 200,606 $91,318
21 Laguna Beach, CA 23,147 $121,474
22 Walnut, CA 30,008 $104,096
23 Arcadia, CA 58,207 $92,102
24 Cerritos, CA 50,172 $99,528
25 Irvine, CA 265,502 $100,969
26 Fountain Valley, CA 56,372 $85,423
27 Brea, CA 42,330 $93,703
28 Lake Forest, CA 82,911 $104,449
29 Laguna Hills, CA 31,185 $98,168
30 Claremont, CA 36,025 $97,363
31 San Dimas, CA 34,239 $84,749
32 Eastvale, CA 61,337 $114,230
33 Lakewood, CA 80,771 $89,469
34 Placentia, CA 52,049 $89,690
35 Chino Hills, CA 79,298 $104,590
36 Diamond Bar, CA 56,434 $96,628
37 Los Alamitos, CA 11,628 $84,068
38 Seal Beach, CA 24,364 $67,917
39 La Mirada, CA 48,974 $87,778
40 San Juan Capistrano, CA 35,952 $87,353
41 La Verne, CA 32,358 $85,769
42 Whittier, CA 86,523 $73,517
43 Costa Mesa, CA 113,198 $79,207
44 Laguna Woods, CA 16,228 $41,928
45 Orange, CA 139,873 $86,027
46 Tustin, CA 80,140 $79,339
47 Alhambra, CA 84,974 $57,117
48 Glendora, CA 51,773 $92,674
49 Norco, CA 26,569 $95,441
50 Lomita, CA 20,628 $69,827
51 Buena Park, CA 82,781 $72,814
52 Monterey Park, CA 60,792 $57,265
53 Covina, CA 48,403 $69,449
54 Westminster, CA 91,417 $61,834
55 West Covina, CA 107,242 $79,140
56 Artesia, CA 16,817 $63,708
57 Downey, CA 112,901 $71,948
58 San Gabriel, CA 40,242 $57,863
59 Fullerton, CA 139,866 $73,360
60 Garden Grove, CA 174,010 $65,591
61 Corona, CA 165,355 $79,081
62 Upland, CA 76,382 $68,551
63 La Habra, CA 61,910 $76,452
64 Santa Fe Springs, CA 17,791 $65,518
65 Temple, CA 4,366 $56,294
66 Pico Rivera, CA 63,432 $65,666
67 Lawndale, CA 33,007 $58,447
68 Signal Hill, CA 11,538 $75,684
69 Norwalk, CA 105,886 $66,453
70 Carson, CA 92,517 $78,580
71 Gardena, CA 59,924 $55,351
72 Rosemead, CA 54,417 $52,057
73 Anaheim, CA 349,668 $69,443
74 Bellflower, CA 77,529 $55,729
75 Long Beach, CA 468,883 $60,551
76 Baldwin Park, CA 76,222 $62,227
77 Chino, CA 87,735 $79,477
78 Duarte, CA 21,713 $73,429
79 Hawthorne, CA 87,370 $50,948
80 Stanton, CA 38,509 $56,506
81 La Puente, CA 40,268 $61,054
82 Montebello, CA 63,099 $53,677
83 Midway, CA 3,301 $54,526
84 Azusa, CA 49,544 $60,227
85 Paramount, CA 54,776 $53,031
86 El Monte, CA 115,669 $47,121
87 Bell, CA 35,809 $42,548
88 South El Monte, CA 20,727 $48,944
89 Hawaiian Gardens, CA 14,411 $44,792
90 Ontario, CA 173,580 $61,602
91 Montclair, CA 38,865 $58,012
92 Lynwood, CA 71,022 $49,684
93 South Gate, CA 95,103 $50,246
94 Cudahy, CA 24,016 $43,381
95 Compton, CA 97,301 $50,507
96 Pomona, CA 152,494 $55,115
97 Bell Gardens, CA 42,641 $41,355
98 Maywood, CA 27,542 $39,738
99 Huntington Park, CA 58,694 $40,638
100 Commerce, CA 12,933 $47,083

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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.