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Tough place to live - 11/12/2006
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Tim
Brea, CA

Santa Ana holds the distinction of being listed by the Rockefeller Institute's top ten cities with the highest level of urban hardship, and earns it.

One the plus side, it has a lot of beautiful old architecture, museums, a burgeoning art community, some fantastic restaurants, and a vibrant latino (mostly Mexican) community. Fourth street in downtown is a veritable slice of Mexico, with specialty shops, street vendors and a general carnival-like atmosphere.

On the downside, it is mostly blighted, traffic clogged and poverty-stricken. Downtown is barely liveable, with not many practical businesses (groceries, dry cleaners, etc.) for residents. The outlying suburbs range from bland to life-threatingly terrifying.

Live somewhere else, and drive in to see the good parts.

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Good to live in.... - 7/10/2008

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Anne Marie
Santa Ana, CA

Climate - 6/19/2008

Summer is 80 to 90 degrees during the day, 65 to low 70 in evenings. Approx 20 minutes from the coast so tend to get breezes in the evening. November brings cool mornings and evenings low 70's during the day. Cooler in December through February, then starts warming up for spring.

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Ryan
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Beautiful Weather and Close to a ton of outdoor ac - 5/25/2008

Santa Ana is a beautiful place. As any city in Orange County It is close ~ 10-20 minutes to the Ocean, there are a ton of outdoor activities within an hour and a half. There are a few tough neighborhoods in Santa Ana, but it provides a cheaper cost of living vs. Newport Beach, CA. If you have the extra income it would be safer/cleaner to live in Irvine, Newport Beach, or Huntington Beach.

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Rose
Porterville, CA

Live here if you want to feel like your back at ho - 3/5/2008

I've had the misfortune of going through Santa Ana many times. Its probably one of the WORST cities in Orange County. ALL of the business downtown are strictly for illegal aliens who don't think that learning English is important. The signs are all in Spanish. (Not even English & Spanish-just Spanish.) Everyone you see walking looks like they just hopped the fence. There are cops everywhere, no doubt because of all the criminals that come along with illegal immigration. I would rather live in a nice apartment in some other OC city than have a house in Santa Ana.

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Karl
Santa Ana, CA

Great Climate - 9/15/2007

I've lived here in Santa Ana for 30 years and you just can not beat the weather. The winters are very mild with a little rain and now snow. The Summers are warm and dry. There is usually a light breeze to keep things cooler.

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john
Phoenix, AZ

SAD - 6/3/2007

As many SOCAL cities are now santa ana has gone through a very negitive transformations. Given santa ana hasn't been nice since the late 60s to early 70s, but for anyone in that area at that time remembers santa ana used to be an all american city instead of a mexican one. This is now the reality for santa ana, OC, and all of SOCAL is new. SAD

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Shannon
Santa Ana, CA

Orange County native.. - 4/28/2007

So I'm a california native...born and raised here...and orange county used to be a nice quiet area with nice people and affordable housing...but now everyone from my generation has been pushed out of cali because of the real estate boom. For a 1 bedroom condo in an ok neighborhood youre going to pay about 350,000 on the low end. For a 2 bd youre going to pay about 450,000. The traffic is absolutely awful. Even on weekends and in the middle of the day expect traffic. The people here are superficial...and money driven. Now for the positive. Los Angeles is only 35 miles away...and there is something for everyone there. The nicer parts of OC are the coastal cities. Newport Beach, Laguna, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Dana Point...those are nicer areas but you pay the price for them. There is a huge hispanic community here. The beaches are very beautiful and the weather is definately unbeatable. Don't expect a lot of nature here though...its all commercial, industry and housing..I myself am looking to get out of here. I've lived here 28 years. Great mexican food, and chinese food. The people are beautiful here, but they have the egos to go with it. Anything more you want to know just ask.

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gilbert
Santa Ana, CA

santa ana is a very peaceful city - 4/15/2007

I have been living here for 3 years and I love it.I never had any problem with anybody.lots of mexicans very family oriented .they are easy to get along with.To buy in Santa ana is an affordable way to live in the wealthy orange county and the weather is unique.

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numerouno
Tolleson, AZ

I grew up here. - 2/4/2007

My parents moved to Santa Ana in the early 80's when I was 4 years old. Growing up in this City all my life I've seen the good and the bad. A large immigrant population, fairly good economy, an area with dozens of latino street gangs while surrounded by upper middle class and wealthy cities make Santa Ana a VERY unique place. Crime was a fact of life. Especially in the early nineties, luckily the city police force and several other changes in state law helped put a huge clamp-down on crime. I was lucky not to become a victim of it, not something everyone can say in Santa Ana. But Despite the gangs and crime there are surprisingly a lot of upper class residents in the city. You'll find a lot 2nd and 3rd generation latinos that have established some of the best Mexican Restaurants I've ever been to. Being the second most dencest city in the state of california (behind only to san fransisco) Traffic here is unbelieve from 2pm to 7pm Monday thru friday. But you will not go through the city without witnessing an array of fixed up lowriders and shinny crome 24"tires on Lincoln Escalades. Orange County Real Estate has doubled and tripled here in the last 7 years and Santa Ana is no exception. An average single family home here is about 550,000 to 650,000. The city is rezoning some residential to high density, opening the gates to condominium skyscapers in several optimum locations, close to shopping and freeways. A new style of city living is in santa ana's horizon. about 15 miles from the beach, a 1 and 1/2 hour drive from the snow-filled mountains, a great night life, 30 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, Great Shopping anywhere north or south of the city and the unbeatable Southern California weather makes Santa Ana a great place to live.

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Tim
Brea, CA

Tough place to live - 11/12/2006

Santa Ana holds the distinction of being listed by the Rockefeller Institute's top ten cities with the highest level of urban hardship, and earns it. One the plus side, it has a lot of beautiful old architecture, museums, a burgeoning art community, some fantastic restaurants, and a vibrant latino (mostly Mexican) community. Fourth street in downtown is a veritable slice of Mexico, with specialty shops, street vendors and a general carnival-like atmosphere. On the downside, it is mostly blighted, traffic clogged and poverty-stricken. Downtown is barely liveable, with not many practical businesses (groceries, dry cleaners, etc.) for residents. The outlying suburbs range from bland to life-threatingly terrifying. Live somewhere else, and drive in to see the good parts.

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Tony
Orange, CA

Looking for Relief - 2/24/2006

Crowded, overpriced, unattractive.

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