Santa Ana is a city in California with a population of 332, 610.Santa Ana is in Orange County. Living in Santa Ana offers residents a sense of suburban urban mix and most residents rent their homes. Santa Ana has plenty of restaurants, cafes and parks. There are 9.59 miles from Santa Ana to Huntington Beach southwestbound and 15 miles (24.14 kilometers) by car, following CA Route 1.During World War II, the Santa Ana Army Air Base was built as a training center for the United States Army Air Force.
Like most minority-majority cities in the United States, Santa Ana is a stronghold of the Democratic Party. Santa Ana has highly competitive college and high school sports teams that play at the Santa Ana Stadium and the Santa Ana Unified School District Sports Complex Stadium. Rancho Santa Margarita is located near the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains and is home to numerous parks offering hiking and biking trails and many family activities. The Santa Ana Highway (Interstate) heads north to Los Angeles and south to South Orange County and San Diego.
Compared to California, Santa Ana has a crime rate greater than 69% of cities and towns in the state of all sizes. In recent years, the nearby city of Irvine has surpassed Santa Ana in commercial growth, with the Irvine Business District located near John Wayne Airport. In 1958, Honer Plaza and Bullock's Fashion Square shopping centers opened, which would replace downtown Santa Ana, with its department stores such as Rankin's, Ward's, Penney's and Buffums. The district is based in Orange County and includes the communities of Anaheim and Santa Ana, as well as parts of Orange.
Santa Ana was listed as a municipality in Los Angeles County in the 1860 and 1870 censuses, with an area that encompasses most of what is now north and center of Orange County. Firestone Boulevard, the first direct drive route between Los Angeles and Santa Ana, opened in 1935; it was extended to the Santa Ana Highway in 1953.Crossing the western end of the city is the mostly channeled Santa Ana River, which is also largely seasonal due to the construction of the Prado Dam and Dam Seven Oaks. The city is also home to Santa Ana College, a two-year public community college, as well as the University of the California Coast and the Orange County branch of the California Art Institute.