Santa Ana, California Population 2021

333,130
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Santa Ana is a city located in Orange County California. It is also the county seat of Orange County. With a 2020 population of 333,130, it is the 12th largest city in California and the 59th largest city in the United States . Santa Ana is currently growing at a rate of 0.12% annually and its population has increased by 2.65% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 324,528 in 2010. Santa Ana reached it's highest population of 337,977 in 2000. Spanning over 27 miles, Santa Ana has a population density of 12,175 people per square mile.

The average household income in Santa Ana is $83,475 with a poverty rate of 15.66%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,563 per month, and the median house value is $491,300. The median age in Santa Ana is 31.8 years, 31.3 years for males, and 32.3 years for females.

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. 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 Population Statistics

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.

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 Demographics

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

  • Other race: 44.06%
  • White: 40.15%
  • Asian: 11.76%
  • Two or more races: 2.05%
  • Black or African American: 1.14%
  • Native American: 0.55%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.28%
The current population of Santa Ana, California is 333,130 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 331,912.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 324,528.

Santa Ana, California Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Some Other Race146,63744.06%
White133,63140.15%
Asian39,14611.76%
Two or More Races6,8232.05%
Black or African American3,8031.14%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,8270.55%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander9270.28%
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Santa Ana Population by Race

Santa Ana Population Pyramid $2021

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Santa Ana Median Age

31.8


Total

31.3


Male

32.3


Female

Santa Ana Adults

There are 243,369 adults, (29,918 of whom are seniors) in Santa Ana.

Santa Ana Age Dependency

55.9

Age Dependency Ratio

14

Old Age Dependency Ratio

41.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Santa Ana Sex Ratio

Female

162,926

48.96%

Male

169,868

51.04%

Santa Ana Population by Age

Santa Ana Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Santa Ana Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married51.6%48.4%
All46.1%53.9%
Male41.9%58.1%
Non Family41.2%58.8%
Female35.7%64.3%

46.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Santa Ana Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All76,6244.2846.1
Married42,4864.8951.6
Non Family14,0311.6841.2
Female13,1374.8835.7
Male6,9704.7241.9

4.55

Average Family Size

4.28

Average Household Size

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Santa Ana Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade50,05024.14%
9th to 12th Grade33,65516.24%
High School Graduate47,78423.05%
Some College34,78516.78%
Associates Degree9,9644.81%
Bachelors Degree22,41110.81%
Graduate Degree8,6424.17%
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Santa Ana Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Santa Ana Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic147,23373,17010,960
Other Race83,31238,1744,991
Asian29,90222,1809,304
White25,71824,2699,461
2+ Races3,4822,453812
Black2,7172,330815
Native American1,150789231
Islander62253218

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.37%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 36.79%.

Santa Ana Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$29,766$32,060$25,439
Less Than 9th Grade$23,629$26,680$19,247
High School Graduate$29,041$32,118$23,844
Some College$35,680$39,176$30,941
Bachelors Degree$47,264$53,759$40,605
Graduate Degree$66,463$70,056$62,736

$29,766

Average Earnings

$32,060

Average Male

$25,439

Average Female

Santa Ana Earnings by Educational Attainment

Santa Ana Language by Age

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Santa Ana Language

19.68% of Santa Ana residents speak only English, while 80.32% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 68.84% of the population.

Santa Ana Language

Santa Ana Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic252,13241,60416.50%
Other145,13725,38417.49%
Asian38,6956,21316.06%
White29,8922,5598.56%
Multiple6,72272710.82%
Black3,61450413.95%
Native1,78432518.22%
Islander901343.77%

15.66%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.25%

Male Poverty Rate

17.12%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Santa Ana

The race most likely to be in poverty in Santa Ana is Native, with 18.22% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Santa Ana is Islander, with 3.77% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.77%. Among those working part-time, it was 15.09%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.08%.

Santa Ana Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade17.72%
High School12.11%
Some College8.65%
Bachelors or Greater5.61%

Santa Ana Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed33.33%
Male Unemployed24.48%
Female Employed8.23%
Male Employed7.36%

Santa Ana Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Santa Ana Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$66,145$83,475
Families$64,616$81,314
Married Families$72,761$90,140
Non Families$47,642$66,479
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Income by Household Type

Santa Ana Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

44.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.1%

Male Marriage Rate

43.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Santa Ana Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Santa Ana Marital Status

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4,975

Number of Veterans

4,577

Male Veterans

398

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,381
Second Gulf War1,252
First Gulf War779
Korea335
World War II234

Santa Ana Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,204
75+1,144
35 to 54991
18 to 34897
55 to 64739

Santa Ana Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White3,1583.12%
Hispanic1,7240.97%
Other Race6370.64%
Asian6171.87%
Black33510.94%
2+ Races1212.91%
Islander8611.42%
Native American211.50%

Santa Ana Veterans by Race

Santa Ana Veterans by Education

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6.69%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.35%

Veteran Disability Rate

Santa Ana Veterans by Education

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67.7%

Labor Force Participation

64.1%

Employment Rate

5.1%

Unemployment Rate

Santa Ana Employment by Age

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Santa Ana Employment by Race

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Santa Ana Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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50.30%

Born in Santa Ana

56.69%

Native Born

43.31%

Foreign Born

26.22%

Non Citizen

17.09%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

56.69% of Santa Ana residents were born in the United States, with 50.30% having been born in California. 26.22% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Santa Ana Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021333,1304060.12%
2020332,7244060.12%
2019332,3184060.12%
2018331,912-715-0.21%
2017332,627-1,138-0.34%
2016333,7653480.10%
2015333,417-14-0.00%
2014333,431-285-0.09%
2013333,7163,1660.96%
2012330,5502,3230.71%
2011328,2272,9000.89%
2010325,327-12,650-0.38%
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 by Year