Santa Ana, CA
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Santa Ana is a large city located in the state of California. With a population of 335,400 people and 54 constituent neighborhoods, Santa Ana is the 11th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Santa Ana are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Santa Ana is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Santa Ana is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Santa Ana who work in office and administrative support (13.43%), maintenance occupations (12.79%), and sales jobs (10.50%).

One of the benefits of being a big city like Santa Ana is having a public transportation system, but in Santa Ana the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Santa Ana benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

In Santa Ana, just 11.67% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Santa Ana in 2010 was $16,335, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $65,340 for a family of four. However, Santa Ana contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Santa Ana is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Santa Ana home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Santa Ana, accounting for 78.23% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Santa Ana residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Santa Ana include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

In addition, Santa Ana has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (46.67%).

The most common language spoken in Santa Ana is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Vietnamese.