The crime rate in Santa Ana is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 24 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Santa Ana is 1 in 42. Based on FBI crime data, Santa Ana is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to California, Santa Ana has a crime rate that is higher than 54% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.
However, NeighborhoodScout analyzed all cities and towns in America with a similar population size to Santa Ana, and we found that the crime rate in Santa Ana is one of the lowest in the nation for its size. This means Santa Ana is one of the safest places in America in which to live for its size, a very important finding.
The crime data that NeighborhoodScout used for this analysis are the seven offenses from the uniform crime reports, collected by the FBI from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies, and include both violent and property crimes, combined.
Now let us turn to take a look at how Santa Ana does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Santa Ana.
From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Santa Ana occurs at a rate higher than in most communities of all population sizes in America. The chance that a person will become a victim of a violent crime in Santa Ana; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 251. This equates to a rate of 4 per one thousand inhabitants.
Moreover, the rate of property crime in Santa Ana; burglary, larceny ($50 or more), grand theft auto, and arson; is 20 per 1,000 residents. This is about average for all cities and towns in America of all population sizes.
Importantly, we found that Santa Ana has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Santa Ana is one in 256.