Santa Ana, California Population 2020

332,725

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 it is the 57th most populous in the nation, with the most recent estimates putting the population at 332,725. Santa Ana 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 a section of land in the area, and Santa Ana was incorporated as a city just seventeen years later 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 Population Statistics

Santa Ana's current population is estimated to surpass 334,000 residents. 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 densely populated with over 12,000 residents per square mile.

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 growth 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 census changes noted 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.

Santa Ana Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Santa Ana was:

  • White: 44.25%
  • Other race: 40.07%
  • Asian: 11.82%
  • Two or more races: 1.86%
  • Black or African American: 1.12%
  • Native American: 0.63%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.24%

How Many People Live in Santa Ana, California?

332,725
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018332,725-282-0.08%
2017333,007-1,168-0.35%
2016334,1754390.13%
2015333,736670.02%
2014333,669-218-0.07%
2013333,8873,2370.98%
2012330,6502,3950.73%
2011328,2552,9150.90%
2010325,340-12,637-0.38%
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%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White147,57144.25%
Some Other Race133,63440.07%
Asian39,43611.82%
Two or More Races6,1971.86%
Black or African American3,7451.12%
American Indian and Alaska Native2,1060.63%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander8100.24%

Santa Ana Population Pyramid 2020

Santa Ana Median Age

31.4


Total

30.9


Male

32.1


Female

Santa Ana Adults

There are 243,076 adults, (28,621 of whom are seniors) in Santa Ana.

Santa Ana Age Dependency

55.5

Age Dependency Ratio

13.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

42.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Santa Ana Sex Ratio

Female

163,668

49.08%

Male

169,831

50.92%

Santa Ana Households and Families

Santa Ana Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Santa Ana Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married51.9%48.1%
All46.2%53.8%
Male42.9%57.1%
Non Family41.8%58.2%
Female34.9%65.1%

46.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All76,5214.346.2
Married41,5434.9251.9
Non Family14,3371.7241.8
Female13,7544.8834.9
Male6,8874.7842.9

4.55

Average Family Size

4.3

Average Household Size

7.9%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Santa Ana Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade52,89225.74%
9th to 12th Grade33,13216.12%
High School Graduate45,73122.26%
Some College34,85916.97%
Associates Degree10,1714.95%
Bachelors Degree20,95810.20%
Graduate Degree7,7273.76%

Santa Ana Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic145,06968,7579,274
Other Race74,85332,0303,560
Asian29,99022,0898,556
White26,11124,7369,580
Multiple Races3,2082,206746
Black2,6832,336763
Native American1,321917241
Islander56445920

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.73%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 36.69%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$27,748$30,894$24,371
Less Than High School$22,807$25,946$18,088
High School Grad$27,247$31,045$21,939
Some College$33,592$37,399$29,877
Bachelors Degree$44,113$52,958$37,560
Graduate Degree$65,319$67,121$64,617

$27,748

Average Earnings

$30,894

Average Male

$24,371

Average Female

Santa Ana Language

Santa Ana Language by Age

Santa Ana Language

19.38% of Santa Ana residents speak only English, while 80.62% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 69.14% of the population.

Santa Ana Poverty

Santa Ana Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic252,46047,70418.90%
Other131,79426,33419.98%
Asian39,0456,72617.23%
White29,8752,7629.25%
Multiple6,14163910.41%
Black3,57042011.76%
Native2,06241820.27%
Islander78610212.98%

17.68%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.01%

Male Poverty Rate

19.40%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Santa Ana

The race most likely to be in poverty in Santa Ana is Native, with 20.27% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Santa Ana is White, with 9.25% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.65%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.07%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 25.78%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School19.72%
High School12.74%
Some College9.57%
Bachelors or Greater6.76%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed31.18%
Male Unemployed25.02%
Female Employed9.39%
Male Employed8.78%

Santa Ana Income

Santa Ana Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$61,774$78,005
Families$59,516$75,279
Married Families$67,251$83,742
Non Families$45,853$63,742

Santa Ana Marital Status

Santa Ana Marital Status

Marriage Rates

43.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.4%

Male Marriage Rate

43.1%

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 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Santa Ana Marital Status by Race

Santa Ana Veterans

4,828

Number of Veterans

4,422

Male Veterans

406

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,530
Second Gulf War1,104
First Gulf War745
Korea403
World War II223

Santa Ana Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White3,2772.98%
Hispanic1,5620.89%
Asian5861.77%
Black42513.59%
Other3670.41%
2 or More812.11%
Hawaiian669.55%
Indian261.63%

Santa Ana Veterans by Education

7.36%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.46%

Veteran Disability Rate

Santa Ana Employment Status

67.6%

Labor Force Participation

63.7%

Employment Rate

5.6%

Unemployment Rate

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

49.27%

Born in California

55.48%

Native Born

44.52%

Foreign Born

27.81%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

55.48% of Santa Ana residents were born in the United States, with 49.27% having been born in California. 27.81% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.