Santa Ana, California Population 2022

307,367
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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 307,367, it is the 14th largest city in California and the 68th largest city in the United States. Santa Ana is currently declining at a rate of -0.46% annually and its population has decreased by -0.92% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 310,227 in 2020. Spanning over 27 miles, Santa Ana has a population density of 11,234 people per square mile.

The average household income in Santa Ana is $83,475 with a poverty rate of 13.43%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,626 per month, and the median house value is $525,900. 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 Anawas:

  • Other race: 44.73%
  • White: 35.64%
  • Asian: 12.09%
  • Two or more races: 5.70%
  • Black or African American: 1.02%
  • Native American: 0.58%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.23%
The current population of Santa Ana, California is 307,367 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 310,227.

Santa Ana, California Population 2022

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White118,55835.64%
Black or African American3,3921.02%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,9310.58%
Asian40,22912.09%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander7720.23%
Some Other Race148,76144.73%
Two or More Races18,9675.70%
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Santa Ana Population by Race

Santa Ana Population Pyramid 2022

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Santa Ana Median Age

32.6


Total

31.9


Male

33.3


Female

Santa Ana Adults

There are 248,869 adults, (32,645 of whom are seniors) in Santa Ana.

Santa Ana Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

15.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Santa Ana Sex Ratio

Female

161,424

48.53%

Male

171,186

51.47%

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
Married50.5%49.5%
Male47%53%
All46.2%53.8%
Non Family40.1%59.9%
Female39.2%60.8%

46.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Santa Ana Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All79,1424.1546.2
Married43,4364.7650.5
Male6,8254.7747
Female13,4884.7139.2
Non Family15,3931.6440.1

4.44

Average Family Size

4.15

Average Household Size

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Santa Ana Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade48,69422.97%
9th to 12th Grade33,25515.69%
High School Graduate47,82522.56%
Some College36,04017.00%
Associates Degree10,5284.97%
Bachelors Degree26,07612.30%
Graduate Degree9,5394.50%
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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
White27,54226,07911,094
Black2,5722,281972
Asian30,21122,61810,347
Native American1,240802274
2+ Races11,2307,3341,728
Hispanic150,13777,63512,765
Islander54040644
Other Race87,70241,6886,057

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.69%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 40.28%.

Santa Ana Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,541$34,930$26,870
Less Than 9th Grade$25,433$28,404$20,327
High School Graduate$31,319$34,566$26,740
Some College$36,321$40,683$31,792
Bachelors Degree$51,529$55,523$45,437
Graduate Degree$74,973$73,839$75,546

$31,541

Average Earnings

$34,930

Average Male

$26,870

Average Female

Santa Ana Earnings by Educational Attainment

Santa Ana Language by Age

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Santa Ana Language

21.35% of Santa Ana residents speak only English, while 78.65% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 67.42% of the population.

Santa Ana Language

Santa Ana Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic249,38935,23714.13%
Asian39,8285,32413.37%
Black3,19433610.52%
Multiple18,4611,7539.50%
White32,0632,8108.76%
Native1,8801377.29%
Islander762486.30%
Other22,474NaN%

13.43%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.24%

Male Poverty Rate

14.69%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Santa Ana

The race most likely to be in poverty in Santa Ana is Hispanic, with 14.13% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.95%. Among those working part-time, it was 12.52%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.06%.

Santa Ana Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade14.82%
High School12.43%
Some College7.73%
Bachelors or Greater4.61%

Santa Ana Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed6.02%
Male Unemployed20.71%
Female Employed6.94%
Female Unemployed29.76%

Santa Ana Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Santa Ana Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$72,406$88,829
Families$70,974$87,867
Married Families$79,914$97,731
Non Families$51,064$67,151
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Income by Household Type

Santa Ana Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

43.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.3%

Male Marriage Rate

42.8%

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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5,301

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War1,388
First Gulf War744
Vietnam1,317
Korea275
World War II326

Santa Ana Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34873
35 to 541,074
55 to 64774
65 to 741,144
75+1,436

Santa Ana Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,9543.22%
Black32111.11%
Native American110.75%
Asian8962.68%
Islander10216.43%
Other Race8110.77%
2+ Races2061.52%
Hispanic1,8681.03%

Santa Ana Veterans by Race

Santa Ana Veterans by Education

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6.34%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.13%

Veteran Disability Rate

Santa Ana Veterans by Education

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67.8%

Labor Force Participation

64.3%

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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50.20%

Born in Santa Ana

57.27%

Native Born

42.73%

Foreign Born

24.69%

Non Citizen

18.04%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

57.27% of Santa Ana residents were born in the United States, with 50.20% having been born in California. 24.69% 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

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
18701,1450.00%
1880711-434-4.65%
18903,6282,91717.70%
19004,9331,3053.12%
19108,4293,4965.50%
192015,4857,0566.27%
193030,32214,8376.95%
194031,9211,5990.52%
195045,53313,6123.62%
1960100,35054,8178.22%
1970155,71055,3604.49%
1980204,02348,3132.74%
1990293,74289,7193.71%
2000337,97744,2351.41%
2010324,528-13,449-0.41%
2011323,098-1,430-0.44%
2012321,668-1,430-0.44%
2013320,238-1,430-0.44%
2014318,808-1,430-0.45%
2015317,378-1,430-0.45%
2016315,948-1,430-0.45%
2017314,518-1,430-0.45%
2018313,088-1,430-0.45%
2019311,658-1,430-0.46%
2020310,227-1,431-0.46%
2021308,797-1,430-0.46%
2022307,367-1,430-0.46%

Santa Ana Population by Year