Located along the Santa Ana River, and just 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the city of Santa Ana is the county seat of Orange County. As part of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, it is very densely populated and has a variety of housing options. Single-family homes are typically small, with 1 to 2 bedrooms, and have wood or stucco siding. Condominium homes are widely available, and tend to be priced very reasonably.
The city of Santa Ana is divided into noticeably-distinct districts. The downtown area is home to retail mixed with housing. Some of the homes here date to the 1800’s and are a key part of the city’s preservation efforts. Travel north on Main Street and you’ll come to Midtown, which is home to museums and other cultural centers. Near the freeway lies the Metro East neighborhood, which is home to mixed-use developments. The south side of Santa Ana has major shopping centers, office towers and apartment buildings. Residents of Santa Ana need never be bored, with their close proximity to major amusement parks such as Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. The beautiful beaches of California are also close by, as well as countless cultural opportunities. Thanks to the area’s many freeways, getting around is quite simple. Public transportation is also a convenient option for commuting to work or one of the local colleges.
The Orange County government is the largest employer in Santa Ana, but this city is also home to many notable companies, including Behr Paint and the famous guitar maker, Rickenbacker. People here are employed in many diverse fields, such as software, communication, education, banking and more. Retail is also a major industry, as is professional and business service, trade and transportation, manufacturing and tourism. According to Forbes, job growth has been slow but steady. The fastest-growing industries are in the tech field. The city is aggressively pursuing new development and is poised for new growth.