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%).

Santa Ana is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Santa Ana really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Santa Ana citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Santa Ana ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Santa Ana a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.

The rate of college-level education in Santa Ana is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 11.67% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.

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 .

Foreign born people are also an important part of Santa Ana's cultural character, accounting for 46.67% of the city’s population.

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