The 10 Cheapest Santa Ana, CA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Santa Ana are the cheapest of the cheap.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Santa Ana.
Cheapest Neighborhoods In Santa Ana

Everything else equal, I think we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I’d much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I’d rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in Santa Ana might be more expensive than living in rural California, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

So what exactly are those Santa Ana neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further — you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

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 cheapest.

What’s the cheapest neighborhood to live in Santa Ana for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Mar-Les looks to be the cheaptest Santa Ana neighborhood to live in.

At this point we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for — some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Santa Ana. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates in return for more space and cheaper groceries.

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 cheapest to most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Santa Ana Hoods In 2019

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Santa Ana, we had to determine what criteria defines ‘cheap’.

Using census and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 56 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a cheap neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index the ‘Cheapest City Neighborhood In Santa Ana.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Mar-Les.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the cheapest places Santa Ana. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from cheapest to most expensive.

The 10 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Santa Ana For 2019

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 763
Cost Of Living Index: 116 (5th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.6 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.019 (4th cheapest)
More on Mar-Les: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Mar-Les comes in at $64,427 and the median home value is $229,900 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,590
Cost Of Living Index: 117 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.1 (10th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.015 (2nd cheapest)
More on Northwest: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Northwest comes in at $52,813 and the median home value is $269,350 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 1,006
Cost Of Living Index: 117 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.1 (10th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.015 (2nd cheapest)
More on Riverglen: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Riverglen comes in at $52,813 and the median home value is $269,350 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 2,905
Cost Of Living Index: 133 (20th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.0 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.015 (1st cheapest)
More on Bristol-Warner: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Bristol-Warner comes in at $92,045 and the median home value is $365,200 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,559
Cost Of Living Index: 138 (32nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.2 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.019 (5th cheapest)
More on Windsor Village: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Windsor Village comes in at $90,750 and the median home value is $378,700 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,857
Cost Of Living Index: 90 (1st cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 0.7 (1st cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.037 (53rd cheapest)
More on Cornerstone Village: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Cornerstone Village comes in at $26,935 and the median home value is $20,000 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,569
Cost Of Living Index: 118 (8th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.6 (6th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.029 (42nd cheapest)
More on Santa Anita: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Santa Anita comes in at $49,834 and the median home value is $229,471 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,352
Cost Of Living Index: 143 (38th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.3 (15th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.021 (7th cheapest)
More on Thornton Park: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Thornton Park comes in at $80,580 and the median home value is $429,700 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 568
Cost Of Living Index: 147 (46th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.5 (5th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.022 (9th cheapest)
More on Concord: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Concord comes in at $95,446 and the median home value is $432,900 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,566
Cost Of Living Index: 112 (3rd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.4 (18th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.028 (40th cheapest)
More on Lacy: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Lacy comes in at $37,852 and the median home value is $204,433 for 2019.

Summing Up The Cheapest Places In Santa Ana

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Santa Ana where prices are low and it’s cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Santa Ana aren’t all cheap. Bristol Memory takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Santa Ana.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Santa Ana For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 Mar-Les 116
2 Northwest 117
3 Riverglen 117
4 Bristol-Warner 133
5 Windsor Village 138
6 Cornerstone Village 90
7 Santa Anita 118
8 Thornton Park 143
9 Concord 147
10 Lacy 112
11 Mabury Park 135
12 Fairbridge Square 135
13 Bella Vista 119
14 West Grove Valley 145
15 Madison Park 136
16 Lyon Street 115
17 Valley Adams 138
18 Mid-City 134
19 Memorial Park 135
20 Wilshire Square 135
21 Riverview West 127
22 South Coast 136
23 Heninger Park 119
24 New Horizons 135
25 Riverview 139
26 Eastside 121
27 Centennial Park 139
28 Delhi 132
29 Laurelhurst 147
30 Portola Park 149
31 Artesia Pilar 132
32 Flower Park 109
33 Shadow Run 142
34 Central City 135
35 West Floral Park 152
36 Morning Sunwood 162
37 Pico-Lowell 133
38 Park Santiago 145
39 Floral Park 153
40 Sandpointe 145
41 Meredith Parkwood 145
42 Grand Sunrise 139
43 Saddleback View 131
44 Fairhaven 153
45 French Park 121
46 Metro Classic 163
47 Sunwood Central 145
48 Logan 126
49 French Court 122
50 Santa Ana Triangle 125
51 Washington Square 145
52 Cedar Evergreen 138
53 Republic Homes 148
54 Edna Park 146
55 Morrison-Eldridge Par 151
56 Bristol Memory 151

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.

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