These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Santa Ana For 2018


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Santa Ana that are the real pits.

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Worst Neighborhoods In Santa Ana

Santa Ana’s neighborhoods conjure up too many stereotypes to count. You’ve got hipster areas, preppy places, neighborhoods where college kids thrive, and of course, ghettos.

It seems as if there’s a neighborhood for everyone in Santa Ana.

And while the city consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the country thanks in part to a strong economy and tons of entertainment, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Santa Ana. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

So the question arises, which Santa Ana neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Santa Ana hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Santa Ana area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Thornton Park ranks way above the rest.

We examined 59 of Santa Ana’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Santa Ana’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Santa Ana according to data:

  1. Lyon Street
  2. Casa Bonita
  3. Mar-Les
  4. Bella Vista
  5. Cornerstone Village
  6. Windsor Village North
  7. French Court
  8. Santa Anita
  9. Logan
  10. Lacy

Read on to see how we determined the places around Santa Ana that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from worst to best.

Looking for places to avoid outside of the city? You can also check out the worst suburbs of Santa Ana.

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How we determined the worst Santa Ana hoods

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what places have the least amount of those things. We threw the following criteria into this analysis in order to get the best, most complete results possible. We used this set of criteria for each neighborhood in Santa Ana:

  • High unemployment (Less jobs)
  • Low median income (Less pay)
  • Low population density (No things to do)
  • Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)
  • High crime (Estimated)

Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Santa Ana for each of these criteria from worst to best.

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criteria into a ‘Worst Score’.

The neighborhood with the lowest ‘Worst Score’ ranks as the worst neighborhood of Santa Ana.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Santa Ana to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 59 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Hold on to your pants.

1. Lyon Street

Population: 4,872
Median Income: $39,687
Median Home Value: $167,800

2. Casa Bonita

Population: 2,051
Median Income: $45,781
Median Home Value: $38,100

3. Mar-Les

Population: 664
Median Income: $54,658
Median Home Value: $213,350

4. Bella Vista

Population: 4,495
Median Income: $50,711
Median Home Value: $258,850

5. Cornerstone Village

Population: 6,424
Median Income: $26,566
Median Home Value: $44,267

6. Windsor Village North

Population: 4,326
Median Income: $45,625
Median Home Value: $240,000

7. French Court

Population: 2,325
Median Income: $36,296
Median Home Value: $223,500

8. Santa Anita

Population: 12,306
Median Income: $44,804
Median Home Value: $297,957

9. Logan

Population: 1,278
Median Income: $30,746
Median Home Value: $317,650

10. Lacy

Population: 5,299
Median Income: $34,022
Median Home Value: $245,900

The ‘hoods around Santa Ana that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Santa Ana with Lyon Street landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Santa Ana aren’t all bad. Thornton Park takes the cake as the best place to live in Santa Ana.

We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Worst Santa Ana Neighborhoods

Rank Neighborhood Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Lyon Street 4,872 $39,687 $167,800
2 Casa Bonita 2,051 $45,781 $38,100
3 Mar-Les 664 $54,658 $213,350
4 Bella Vista 4,495 $50,711 $258,850
5 Cornerstone Village 6,424 $26,566 $44,267
6 Windsor Village North 4,326 $45,625 $240,000
7 French Court 2,325 $36,296 $223,500
8 Santa Anita 12,306 $44,804 $297,957
9 Logan 1,278 $30,746 $317,650
10 Lacy 5,299 $34,022 $245,900
11 Eastside 13,003 $41,662 $219,911
12 Saddleback View 1,340 $41,831 $314,450
13 French Park 2,314 $35,561 $326,067
14 Delhi 5,611 $61,317 $285,050
15 Pico-Lowell 11,654 $48,843 $278,650
16 Wilshire Square 4,269 $55,886 $306,050
17 Heninger Park 7,318 $38,283 $260,800
18 Riverview West 35,998 $52,509 $288,111
19 Flower Park 6,612 $27,672 $254,050
20 Artesia Pilar 14,047 $57,752 $317,983
21 Shadow Run 1,757 $50,139 $369,600
22 Cedar Evergreen 1,743 $49,143 $351,400
23 Centennial Park 3,682 $60,826 $333,100
24 Madison Park 7,655 $57,115 $332,880
25 Riverview 3,405 $60,973 $371,450
26 Washington Square 3,132 $51,148 $421,267
27 Concord 633 $95,361 $394,300
28 Mabury Park 3,126 $62,255 $326,450
29 Edna Park 767 $68,750 $384,400
30 Park Santiago 3,869 $60,735 $332,633
31 Mid-City 9,176 $56,077 $315,325
32 Valley Adams 3,948 $70,948 $351,300
33 Sandpointe 4,564 $58,806 $382,800
34 Memorial Park 12,286 $64,411 $316,040
35 South Coast 2,468 $64,771 $291,850
36 Laurelhurst 1,828 $78,803 $366,200
37 Central City 6,945 $61,944 $350,325
38 Grand Sunrise 392 $50,769 $360,600
39 Bristol Memory 680 $52,685 $520,500
40 West Floral Park 2,827 $65,527 $465,300
41 Fairhaven 2,370 $54,827 $440,900
42 Casa De Santiago 554 $109,286 $584,600
43 Morrison-Eldridge Par 2,105 $52,685 $520,500
44 Portola Park 1,505 $68,542 $444,000
45 Metro Classic 1,367 $55,682 $466,300
46 Floral Park 1,830 $67,833 $409,733
47 Fisher Park 816 $109,286 $584,600
48 New Horizons 4,918 $62,507 $349,300
49 Sunwood Central 6,229 $59,571 $384,033
50 Meredith Parkwood 2,336 $63,560 $444,950
51 Fairbridge Square 274 $67,672 $483,600
52 Windsor Village 2,980 $83,000 $345,500
53 West Grove Valley 1,330 $82,610 $404,300
54 Riverglen 738 $60,944 $580,100
55 Morning Sunwood 2,946 $94,167 $448,900
56 Northwest 1,190 $60,944 $580,100
57 Republic Homes 786 $76,596 $475,500
58 Bristol-Warner 2,405 $89,773 $358,800
59 Thornton Park 3,682 $98,580 $425,150

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