Places to Avoid in Santa Ana The tourist areas of Santa Ana are a lot of fun and safe for the most part. It's outside that area where it's unsafe even during the day sometimes. Fairhaven and Park Santiago are communities on the north side that are very dangerous. Aliso Viejo is one of three communities that appear on both the 10 safest and the 10 most affordable list in Orange County, along with Rancho Santa Margarita and Seal Beach.
Clean living, thriving businesses and a peaceful environment characterize this suburb. Although at the bottom of our list, Aliso Viejo is actually safer than 80% of cities in the U.S. In the US, your chance of being a victim of crime in Santa Ana can be as high as 1 in 11 in southeastern neighborhoods, or as low as 1 in 20 in the western part of the city. The crime rate in Santa Ana is considerably higher than the national average in all communities in the United States, from the largest to the smallest, although with 27 crimes per thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the highest crime rate.
Santa Ana is in the 12th safety percentile, which means 88% of cities are safer and 12% of cities are more dangerous. The main airports, of which Santa Ana has 1, always seem like places of high crime due to the large number of people and the low population nearby. Compared to California, Santa Ana has a crime rate higher than 76% of cities and towns in the state of all sizes. Now let's see how Santa Ana works for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does it for property crimes.
This means that for cities of comparable size across the United States, Santa Ana is actually safer than most, according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis of FBI crime data. As you look at the Santa Ana crime map, remember that the crime rate per resident may seem inflated when people visit the area during the day, but don't live there. Considering only the crime rate, Santa Ana is less secure than the California state average and less secure than the national average. This makes Santa Ana a place where there is a higher-than-average chance of becoming a victim of property crime, compared to all other communities in the United States of all population sizes.
The map below shows a simple crime count in Santa Ana, which means it will look a lot like state population maps. We share this information in the hope that it will ease some stress on the lives of friends and family who are looking for a place to live in Santa Ana, Anaheim, Tustin, Seal Beach, Laguna Niguel and the surrounding areas of Orange County.