William Spurgeon bought 70 acres of land in 1869 from the Yorba family and established the new city of Santa Ana. The origins of Santa Ana began in 1810, when the Spanish governor of California granted Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana to José Antonio Yorba. After the Mexican War of Independence, the Yorba family ranch expanded, becoming one of the largest and most valuable in the region and home to a diverse community in California. After the U.S.
conquest of California, the ranch was sold to the Sepúlveda family, who later lost their land claim. Spurgeon later bought the ranch and formally founded the modern city of Santa Ana. Santa Ana (with a population of 337.97), seat of Orange County, derives its name from the first Spanish exploration of the area. In 1769, Don Gaspár de Portolá, a leader of the Spanish expedition, discovered a picturesque valley and river in Southern California, which he named Santa Ana.
Under a Spanish land concession, the area was developed as Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana for grazing and livestock farming. Since the 1980s, Santa Ana has been characterized by an effort to revitalize the city center, whose influence had diminished. Santa Ana has highly competitive college and high school sports teams that play at the Santa Ana Stadium and the recently opened stadium of the Santa Ana Unified School District Sports Complex. Named the county seat in 1889, Santa Ana is also known as the financial and governmental center of Orange County.
Santa Ana's ranking was higher than that of Saudi Arabia and Switzerland, which ranked 21st and 22nd respectively. This convenience attracts a diverse population that appreciates Santa Ana's distinctive housing options, lively nightlife and cultural amenities such as Artist's Village, Discovery Cube Orange County, Heritage Museum of Orange County, the Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park and more. Some highways cross Santa Ana and connect the city to other areas of Orange County, the greater Los Angeles area, and beyond. The Santa Ana Unified School District includes thirty-seven K-5 elementary schools, nine middle schools 6-8, eight high schools 9-12, five special schools, and one charter school.
Santa Ana, approximately four-fifths Latino, has been characterized by The New York Times as the face of a new California, a state where Latinos have more influence in everyday electoral, cultural and demographic life than almost anywhere else in the country. In 1810, the year of the beginning of Mexico's war of independence (1810-1882), land was granted to José Antonio Yorba, a sergeant in the Spanish army, who called Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. If you're interested in Santa Ana history, you can find it along with general Santa Ana information, Santa Ana educational resources, and Santa Ana real estate and housing information for both residents and visitors. One of Santa Ana's most notable businesses is the musical instrument company Rickenbacker, whose electric guitars and bass guitars became famous in the hands of many rock and roll legends.
Santa Ana has highly competitive college and high school sports teams that play at the Santa Ana Stadium and at the Santa Ana Unified School District Sports Complex Stadium. Santa Ana is the corporate headquarters of several companies, including Behr Paint, First American Corporation, Greenwood %26 Hall, Ingram Micro, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, STEC, TTM Technologies, Kern's and Wahoo Fish Taco. In 1905, the Los Angeles Interurban Railroad, predecessor of the Pacific Electric Railway, extended from Los Angeles to Santa Ana, passing Fourth Street in the city center. 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.