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Santa Ana, California
City
City of Santa Ana
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Clockwise from top: Old Orange County Courthouse, Bowers Museum, Discovery Cube Orange County, Minter House, Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center
Flag of Santa Ana, California
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Official seal of Santa Ana, California
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Motto: Education First
Location of Santa Ana within Orange County, California
Location of Santa Ana within Orange County, California
Country  United States
State  California
County Flag of Orange County, California.svg Orange
Founded 1869
Incorporated June 1, 1886
Area
 • Total 27.518 sq mi (71.271 km2)
 • Land 27.270 sq mi (70.628 km2)
 • Water 0.248 sq mi (0.643 km2)  0.90%
Elevation 115 ft (35 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 324,528
 • Estimate (2014) 334,909
 • Rank 2nd in Orange County
11th in California
57th in the United States
 • Density 11,793.30/sq mi (4,553.44/km2)
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 92701–92708, 92711, 92712, 92728, 92735, 92799
Area code 657/714, 949
FIPS code 06-69000
GNIS feature IDs 1652790, 2411814
Website santa-ana.org

Santa Ana /ˌsæntə ˈænə/ (Spanish for "Saint Anne") is the county seat and second most populous city in Orange County, California. The United States Census Bureau estimated its 2011 population at 329,427, making Santa Ana the 57th most-populous city in the United States.

Santa Ana is located in Southern California, adjacent to the Santa Ana River, about 10 miles (16 km) away from the California coast. Founded in 1869, the city is part of the Greater Los Angeles Area, the second largest metropolitan area in the United States with almost 18 million residents in 2010. Santa Ana is a very densely populated city, ranking fourth nationally in that regard among cities of over 300,000 residents (trailing only New York City, San Francisco, and Boston). In 2011 Forbes ranked Santa Ana the fourth-safest city of over 250,000 residents in the United States.

Santa Ana lends its name to the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5), which runs through the city. It also shares its name with the nearby Santa Ana Mountains, and the Santa Ana winds, which have historically fueled seasonal wildfires throughout Southern California. The current Office of Management and Budget (OMB) metropolitan designation for the Orange County Area is Santa Ana–Anaheim–Irvine, California.

History

See also: Timeline of Santa Ana, California

Members of the Tongva and Juaneño/Luiseño are indigenous to the area. The Tongva called the Santa Ana area "Hotuuk."

After the 1769 expedition of Gaspar de Portolá out of Mexico City, then capitol of New Spain, Friar Junípero Serra named the area Vallejo de Santa Ana (Valley of Saint Anne, or Santa Ana Valley). On November 1, 1776, Mission San Juan Capistrano was established within this valley. This Santa Ana Valley comprised most of what is now called Orange County.

In 1810, year of the commencement of the war of Mexican Independence (1810–1821), Jose Antonio Yorba, a sergeant of the Spanish army, was granted land that he called Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. Yorba's rancho included the lands where the cities of Olive, Orange, Irvine, Yorba Linda, Villa Park, Santa Ana, Tustin, Costa Mesa and unincorporated El Modena, and Santa Ana Heights, are today. This rancho was the only land grant in Orange County granted under Spanish Rule. Surrounding land grants in Orange County were granted after Mexican Independence by the new government.

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Santa Ana, 1887
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Santa Ana, 1891
Santa Fe Depot, Santa Ana, 1911
Santa Fe Depot, 1911
Santa Ana City Hall
Old Santa Ana City Hall, built 1935

After the Mexican-American war ended in 1848, Alta California became part of the United States and American settlers arrived in this area.

Claimed in 1869 by Kentuckian William H. Spurgeon on land obtained from the descendents of Jose Antonio Yorba, Santa Ana was incorporated as a city in 1886 with a population of 2000 and in 1889 became the seat of the newly formed Orange County.

In 1877, the Southern Pacific Railroad built a branch line from Los Angeles to Santa Ana, which offered free right of way, land for a depot, and $10,000 in cash to the railroad in exchange for terminating the line in Santa Ana and not neighboring Tustin. In 1887, the California Central Railway (which became a subsidiary of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway the following year) broke the Southern Pacific's local monopoly on rail travel, offering service between Los Angeles and San Diego by way of Santa Ana as a major intermediate station. By 1905 the Los Angeles Interurban Railway, a predecessor to the Pacific Electric Railway, extended from Los Angeles to Santa Ana, running along Fourth Street downtown. Firestone Boulevard, the first direct automobile route between Los Angeles and Santa Ana, opened in 1935; it was enlarged into the Santa Ana Freeway in 1953.

Santa Ana was the home of the original Glenn L. Martin aviation company, founded in 1912 before merging with the Wright Company in 1916. Later, Glenn Luther Martin created a second company of the same name in Cleveland, Ohio which eventually merged with the Lockheed Corporation to form the largest defense contractor in the world, Lockheed Martin.

During World War II, the Santa Ana Army Air Base was built as a training center for the United States Army Air Forces. The base was responsible for continued population growth in Santa Ana and the rest of Orange County as many veterans moved to the area to raise families after the end of the war.

In 1958, Fashion Square Mall was built, adjoining the existing Bullock's Department Store building that was built in 1954. It opened north of downtown and became a major retail center for the area. In 1987, the mall was completely renovated and became MainPlace Mall (now Westfield MainPlace).

Having been a Charter City since November 11, 1952, the citizens of Santa Ana amended the Charter November 1988 to provide for the direct election of the Mayor who until that point had been appointed from the council membership. The current mayor of Santa Ana is Miguel A. Pulido, the first mayor of Latino descent in the city's history and the first Mayor directly elected by the voters.

Since the 1980s, Santa Ana has been characterized by an effort to revitalize the downtown area which had declined in influence. The Santa Ana Artist's Village was created around Cal State Fullerton's Grand Central Art Center to attract artists and young professionals to live-work lofts and new businesses. The process has continued into 2009 with the reopening of the historic Yost Theater.

Geography

Santa Ana is located at (33.740717, -117.881408).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 27.5 square miles (71 km2). 27.3 square miles (71 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (0.90%) is water. It is the 4th most densely populated place in the United States with a population of 300,000 or more with 12,471.5 people per sq. mile.

Santa Ana is nested on flat, low-lying plains with little land elevation change. Running through the west end of the city is the mostly channelized Santa Ana River, which is also largely seasonal due to the construction of the Prado Dam and Seven Oaks Dam. The river has caused several severe floods in the 20th century, and is a continued threat despite the existence of the dams.

Cityscape

Now fully developed, Santa Ana has several distinct districts. The core of the city is the downtown area, which contains both retail and housing, as well as the Santa Ana Civic Center which is a dense campus of administrative buildings for both the city and the county of Orange. The civic center is also home to the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse. Several historic homes dating from the late 1800s can be found as well, and their preservation is a key issue as development of the downtown area continues.

North of downtown is the "Midtown" district along Main St., home to entertainment destinations such as the Bowers Museum, MainPlace Mall, and the Discovery Science Center.

Near the intersection of the Santa Ana Freeway and the Costa Mesa Freeway is the newly designated "Metro East" area, which the city council has envisioned as a secondary mixed-use development district. Currently the area is occupied by several office towers, but little retail or housing. Also on the east side of the city is the Santa Ana Zoo, notable for its collection of monkeys and species from South and Central America.

The southeast end of the city is part of the South Coast Metro area, which is shared with the city of Costa Mesa. South Coast Plaza, a major shopping center, is the primary destination of this area, which also contains several high-rise office and apartment buildings. Yokohama Tire Corporation's United States headquarters are located at 1 MacArthur Place in the South Coast Metro area of Santa Ana, and Banc of California's headquarters will relocate from neighboring Irvine to 3 MacArthur Place, Santa Ana, in 2016.

Climate

Santa Ana experiences a Cold semi-arid climate (Köppen: BSk), with hot, dry summers and mild winters with moderate rainfall. The summer months of June to September average a daytime high of 83 °F (28.3 °C) and a nighttime low of 63 °F (17.2 °C). The winter months of December to March average a daytime high of 70 °F (21.1 °C) and a nighttime low of 48 °F (8.9 °C). Rainfall averages about 13.6 in (345 mm) per year, most of which falls from November through April. There are an average of 36 days with measurable precipitation annually.

The record high temperature for Santa Ana was 112 °F (44 °C) on June 14, 1917. The record low temperature was 22 °F (−6 °C) on December 31, 1918, and January 1, 1919. There are an average of 25.6 days with highs of 90 °F (32 °C) or higher and an average of 0.2 days with lows of 32 °F (0 °C) or lower.

The wettest year in Santa Ana was 1941 with 32.36 inches (822 mm) and the driest year was 1961 with 3.55 inches (9.0 cm). The most rainfall in one month was 13.99 inches (35.5 cm) in February 1998. The most rainfall in 24 hours was 4.69 inches (119 mm) on February 16, 1927.

Climate data for Santa Ana, California
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 96
(35.6)
95
(35)
98
(36.7)
104
(40)
105
(40.6)
112
(44.4)
110
(43.3)
105
(40.6)
111
(43.9)
106
(41.1)
101
(38.3)
95
(35)
112
(44.4)
Average high °F (°C) 69.9
(21.06)
70.2
(21.22)
71.7
(22.06)
73.9
(23.28)
75.5
(24.17)
78.3
(25.72)
83.1
(28.39)
84.8
(29.33)
83.9
(28.83)
79.6
(26.44)
74.3
(23.5)
69.2
(20.67)
76.2
(24.56)
Average low °F (°C) 47.0
(8.33)
48.0
(8.89)
50.0
(10)
52.7
(11.5)
56.7
(13.72)
59.8
(15.44)
63.2
(17.33)
63.8
(17.67)
62.2
(16.78)
57.9
(14.39)
51.2
(10.67)
46.2
(7.89)
54.9
(12.72)
Record low °F (°C) 22
(-5.6)
25
(-3.9)
29
(-1.7)
31
(-0.6)
35
(1.7)
39
(3.9)
39
(3.9)
45
(7.2)
40
(4.4)
34
(1.1)
24
(-4.4)
22
(-5.6)
22
(-5.6)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.82
(71.6)
3.39
(86.1)
2.14
(54.4)
0.87
(22.1)
0.21
(5.3)
0.08
(2)
0.05
(1.3)
0.03
(0.8)
0.21
(5.3)
0.58
(14.7)
1.15
(29.2)
2.10
(53.3)
13.63
(346.2)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 6.3 6.6 5.3 2.9 1.0 0.6 0.4 0.4 1.1 2.1 3.4 5.7 35.8
Source: NOAA (normals 1981–2010, extremes 1916–present)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 711
1890 3,628 410.3%
1900 4,933 36.0%
1910 8,429 70.9%
1920 15,485 83.7%
1930 30,322 95.8%
1940 31,921 5.3%
1950 45,533 42.6%
1960 100,350 120.4%
1970 155,710 55.2%
1980 204,023 31.0%
1990 293,742 44.0%
2000 337,977 15.1%
2010 324,528 −4.0%
Est. 2015 335,400 3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
Racial composition 2010 1990 1970 1950
White 45.9% 68.0% 93.0% 98.8%
—Non-Hispanic whites 9.2% 23.1% 69.8% n/a
Black or African American 1.5% 2.6% 4.3% 1.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 78.2% 65.2% 24.6% n/a
Asian 10.5% 9.7% 1.0% 0.1%
Race and ethnicity 2010- Santa Ana (5560450988)
Map of racial distribution in Santa Ana, 2010 U.S. Census. Each dot is 25 people: White, Black, Asian, Hispanic or Other (yellow)

2015

According to the California State Department of Finance, Demographic Research Unit, the current population for 2015 is 335,264. As of 2015, 52,582 residents are enrolled in Santa Ana Unified School District K-12 schools with 11,156 resident students attending Garden Grove schools within Santa Ana and Garden Grove city limits in Garden Grove Unified School District.

According to the Orange County Registrar of Voters, 93,915 residents are registered to vote.

According to the State of California, Employment Development Department, 161,100 residents are a part of the civilian labor force.

2010

The 2010 United States Census reported that Santa Ana had a population of 324,528. The population density was 11,793.3 people per square mile (4,553.4/km²). The racial makeup of Santa Ana was 148,838 (45.9%) White (9.2% Non-Hispanic White), 4,856 (1.5%) African American, 3,260 (1.0%) Native American, 34,138 (10.5%) Asian, 976 (0.3%) Pacific Islander, 120,789 (37.2%) from other races, and 11,671 (3.6%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 253,928 persons (78.2%).

The census reported that 319,870 people (98.6% of the population) lived in households, 1,415 (0.4%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 3,243 (1.0%) were institutionalized.

There were 73,174 households, out of which 41,181 (56.3%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 41,389 (56.6%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 11,808 (16.1%) had a female householder with no husband present, 6,451 (8.8%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 4,933 (6.7%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 556 (0.8%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 9,254 households (12.6%) were made up of individuals and 3,378 (4.6%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.37. There were 59,648 families (81.5% of all households); the average family size was 4.54.

The age distribution of the population was as follows: 99,678 people (30.7%) under the age of 18, 39,165 people (12.1%) aged 18 to 24, 102,399 people (31.6%) aged 25 to 44, 61,375 people (18.9%) aged 45 to 64, and 21,911 people (6.8%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29.1 years. For every 100 females there were 104.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.6 males.

There were 76,896 housing units at an average density of 2,794.4 per square mile (1,078.9/km²), of which 34,756 (47.5%) were owner-occupied, and 38,418 (52.5%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.9%; the rental vacancy rate was 4.9%. 154,045 people (47.5% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 165,825 people (51.1%) lived in rental housing units.

During 2009–2013, Santa Ana had a median household income of $53,335, with 21.5% of the population living below the federal poverty line.

2000

As of the census of 2000, there are 337,977 people, 73,002 households, and 59,788 families residing in the city. The population density is 4,808.2/km² (12,451.9/mi²). There are 74,588 housing units at an average density of 1,061.1/km² (2,748.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 42.73% White, 1.70% African American, 1.19% Native American, 8.81% Asian, 0.34% Pacific Islander, 40.64% from other races, and 4.58% from two or more races. 76.07% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 73,002 households out of which 53.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% are married couples living together, 13.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 18.1% are non-families. 12.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 4.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 4.55 and the average family size is 4.72.

In the city, the population is spread out with 34.2% under the age of 18, 12.8% from 18 to 24, 34.1% from 25 to 44, 13.5% from 45 to 64, and 5.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 26 years. For every 100 females there are 107.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 108.7 males.

The median income for a household from 2005-2009 was $54,521. The median income for a household in the city is $43,412, and the median income for a family is $41,050. Males have a median income of $23,342 versus $21,637 for females. The per capita income for the city is $12,152. 19.8% of the population and 16.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 24.1% of those under the age of 18 and 10.4% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Arts and culture

Inside Zawiya Perpective
Inside Zawiya Perspective in Santa Ana, 2012

Recreation and attractions

Santa Ana has a number of parks. Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm amusement parks are located northwest of Santa Ana, several kilometers away. Beaches are located around 20 minutes to the south, accessible by the 55 freeway. Huntington Beach and Newport Beach as well as other coastal communities offer shopping, dining, boating, swimming and surfing.

Sites of interest

  • Artist Village and Civic Center (See Downtown Santa Ana Historic Districts).
  • Bowers Museum - Art and History museum started in the 1930s with a large collection of fine art and artifacts from around the world and several traveling exhibits each year.
  • CSUF Grand Central Art Center - At the heart of the Artist Village in Santa Ana.
  • Delhi Park and El Salvador Park (Artesia Pilar Neighborhood)
  • Discovery Science Center.
  • Downtown National Register District.
  • Downtown Santa Ana Historic Districts.
  • El Centro Cultural de México.
  • Main Place Mall opened in 1987.
  • Old Orange County Courthouse.
  • Santa Ana Civic Center.
  • Santa Ana College, part of the Rancho Santiago Community College District.
  • Santa Ana Zoo, built in 1960.
  • Greenville, a former rural part of Santa Ana, has buildings over a century old, but industrial complexes have replaced the agricultural fields once surrounding the town.

Santa Ana has several wall paintings and murals depicting local history, community events and cultural diversity in Orange County.

Notable locations

  • Riverview Golf Course
  • Willowick Municipal Golf Course
  • Pacific Electric Sub-Station No. 14
  • Southern (D), Builders Exchange Building
  • Ronald W Reagan Federal Courthouse
  • Newhope Branch Santa Ana Public Library
  • Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House
  • Bowers Museum of Cultural Art
  • Santa Ana City Hall
  • Santa Ana Public Library
  • Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center
  • McFadden Branch Santa Ana Public Learning Center
  • Santora Building
  • Heritage Museum of Orange County (Kellogg House)
  • Old Orange County Courthouse
  • Rankin Building
  • Dexter's Chomp House
  • Zawiya Perspective

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