Santa Ana, California Population 2018

Santa Ana is a city located in the state of California. More specifically, it is located in Orange County, where it serves as the county seat. It is the most populous city in the county and is the 57th most populous in the nation, with the most recent estimates putting the population at 334,217. It is also one of the most densely populated cities in the United States, and it has also been ranked as one of the safest cities in the US.

Santa Ana History

The area that is now known as Santa Ana was first known to be inhabited by the Tongva and Juaneno/Luiseno tribes. The area was explored in 1769, at which time it was named Vallejo de Santa Ana. The Mission San Juan Capistrano was established in the area in 1776. Following the Mexican-American War, Americans began settling the area.

In 1869, William Spurgeon claimed land, and Santa Ana was incorporated as a city in 1886. Just three years later, it was made the county seat of Orange County. In the late 1800s, the California Central Railway created a railroad connecting Los Angeles to San Diego, and Santa Ana served as a major intermediate station. The city continued to grow and expand, with the first auto route from LA to Santa Ana launching in 1935. This road later became the Santa Ana Freeway.

The Santa Ana Army Air Base was built during World War II. After the war, the population continued to grow as war veterans chose to live in the city. Continued development also lured in new inhabitants, including the construction of Fashion Square Mall in 1958, which still operates today under the name Westfield MainPlace. The city in the 1980s also began to revitalize its downtown area – an initiative which is still ongoing today. The Santa Ana Artist’s Village has been developed to bring in professionals and artists within the downtown area’s lofts and businesses.

The city’s economy is bolstered by several major companies, including but not limited to Behr Paint, STEC, Xerox and T-Mobile. The company is also home to the Rickenbacker instrument company. Santa Ana is also home to many small, locally-owned businesses. Nearby attractions including Disneyland and beautiful beaches also bring in tourists and residents.

Santa Ana Demographics

The city’s population is estimated to surpass 334,000. It is the 57th largest city in the US by population and the 11th largest city in the state. The total area is over 27 square miles, and the city is very densely populated with over 12,000 residents per square mile. Almost 46% of Santa Ana’s population is white. Just 1.5% of the population is Black or African American, while over 10% are Asian. Over 78% of the population is Hispanic or Latino of any race. The largest age group in Santa Ana is the 25 to 44 group, making up over 31% of the population. Over 30% are under the age of 18. Just 6.8% are 65 or older.

Over 21% of the population falls below the federal poverty line. Over 161,000 residents are part of the civilian labor force. As previously mentioned, the city is home to the corporate and regional headquarters of many large companies. However, the county is the top employer, giving jobs to over 15,000 people. Ingram Micro, Rancho Santiago Community College District, Tenet Healthcare and the US Postal Service are other top employers in the city.

Santa Ana Population Growth

Santa Ana throughout most of its history has seen population growth. Significant growth was recorded between the censuses taken in 1950 and 1960, with the population growing over 120% to reach just over 100,000. In 1980, the population had more than doubled. In 2000, the city had more than 300,000 residents. The censuses taken between 2000 and 2010 showed a loss of 4% of the population – the first and only time the population has dropped since the census of 1880. However, current numbers show that the population is once again on the rise, growing 3% since the last census in 2010.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2017334,136-817-0.24%
2016334,9534810.14%
2015334,472740.02%
2014334,398-140-0.04%
2013334,5383,3161.00%
2012331,2222,6510.81%
2011328,5713,1440.97%
2010325,427-12,550-0.38%
2000337,97744,2351.41%
1990293,74289,7193.71%
1980204,02348,3132.74%
1970155,71055,3604.49%
1960100,35054,8178.22%
195045,53313,6123.62%
194031,9211,5990.52%
193030,32214,8376.95%
192015,4857,0566.27%
19108,4293,4965.50%
19004,9331,3053.12%
18903,6282,91717.70%
1880711-434-4.65%
18701,1450.00%

Santa Ana Population in 2018Source: By Eli Pousson (originally posted to Flickr as Santa Ana City Hall) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White159,671
Some Other Race125,183
Asian36,845
Two or More Races5,675
Black or African American3,417
American Indian and Alaska Native1,992
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander822

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Santa Ana Population Pyramid 2018

0%2%4%6%8%10% Male Population0%2%4%6%8%10% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Santa Ana Median Age

30.5


Total

30.2


Male

30.9


Female

Santa Ana Adults

There are 239,528 adults, (26,355 of which are seniors) in Santa Ana.

Santa Ana Age Dependency

56.4

Age Dependency Ratio

12.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

44

Child Dependency Ratio

Santa Ana Sex Ratio

Female

165,550

49.62%

Male

168,055

50.38%

Santa Ana Households and Families

Santa Ana Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Santa Ana Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married50.3%49.7%
All44.2%55.8%
Non Family40.8%59.2%
Male38.4%61.6%
Female32.5%67.5%

44.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Santa Ana Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All75,0974.3844.2
Married40,7645.0350.3
Non Family13,8411.740.8
Female13,8074.8732.5
Male6,6854.9438.4

4.59

Average Family Size

4.38

Average Household Size

8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Santa Ana Households

Santa Ana Education

Santa Ana Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade54,92127.59%
9th to 12th Grade33,73516.95%
High School Graduate44,95122.58%
Some College31,78515.97%
Associates Degree9,0444.54%
Bachelors Degree17,6888.89%
Graduate Degree6,9303.48%

Santa Ana Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic142,57663,1447,561
Other Race67,82627,6362,952
Asian27,36720,1857,225
White25,13623,3788,742
Multiple Races3,0502,155681
Black2,4752,191644
Native American1,179776140
Islander51343411

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.01%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 34.78%.

Santa Ana Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$25,170$27,004$21,513
Less Than High School$20,280$22,571$16,500
High School Grad$25,318$27,627$21,141
Some College$31,325$34,695$27,979
Bachelors Degree$41,383$49,325$36,908
Graduate Degree$58,527$61,260$52,940

$25,170

Average Earnings

$27,004

Average Male

$21,513

Average Female

Santa Ana Language

Santa Ana Language by Age

Santa Ana Language

17.92% of Santa Ana residents speak only English, while 82.08% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 70.99% of the population.

Santa Ana Poverty

Santa Ana Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic255,71658,67022.94%
Other123,09529,33823.83%
Asian36,5516,35917.40%
White29,0793,11610.72%
Multiple5,6321,02718.24%
Black3,20559918.69%
Native1,99253626.91%
Islander79323429.51%

21.16%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.15%

Male Poverty Rate

23.20%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Santa Ana

The race most likely to be in poverty in Santa Ana is Islander, with 29.51% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Santa Ana is White, with 10.72% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 7.40%. Among those working part-time, it was 20.41%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 29.51%.

Santa Ana Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School23.78%
High School13.16%
Some College11.69%
Bachelors or Greater8.39%

Santa Ana Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed35.72%
Male Unemployed29.29%
Male Employed11.38%
Female Employed11.25%

Santa Ana Income

Santa Ana Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$54,062$69,246
Families$51,447$65,525
Married Families$57,834$73,213
Non Families$40,184$59,526

Santa Ana Marital Status

Santa Ana Marital Status

Marriage Rates

43.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.8%

Male Marriage Rate

43.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Santa Ana Married by Age and Sex

Santa Ana Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55To64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45To54.

Santa Ana Marital Status by Race

Santa Ana Veterans

Santa Ana Veterans by War

4,990

Number of Veterans

4,615

Male Veterans

375

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam1,657
Second Gulf War837
Korea642
First Gulf War621
World War II335

Santa Ana Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
75+1,302
65 to 741,123
35 to 54967
55 to 64957
18 to 34641

Santa Ana Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White3,4832.98%
Hispanic1,5070.85%
Asian5761.89%
Black38413.76%
Other3820.46%
2 or More681.82%
Indian583.90%
Hawaiian395.64%

Santa Ana Veterans by Education

8.62%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.34%

Veteran Disability Rate

Santa Ana Employment Status

Santa Ana Employment by Age

67%

Labor Force Participation

62.2%

Employment Rate

7.1%

Unemployment Rate

Santa Ana Employment by Race

Santa Ana Employment by Education

Santa Ana Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

47.95%

Born in California

53.86%

Native Born

46.14%

Foreign Born

30.58%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

53.86% of Santa Ana residents were born in the United States, with 47.95% having been born in California. 30.58% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.