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Everyone Is Moving Cross Country to Santa Ana – And So Should You

Over the recent years, young people in America have been making surprising (and surprisingly good) choices when it comes to moving to another state. They are leaving large, overcrowded cities behind, and moving to more vacant areas, breathing new life into them.

One of the newest additions to the list of young Americans’ favorite places to live is Santa Ana. It has everything they are looking for – an urban area with lots of shops and bars intermingled with nature and a touch of history, a culturally diverse population and a bunch of opportunities for outdoor activities.

The People of Santa Ana

Surprising as it might seem, Santa Ana is pretty densely populated. It is, in fact, the fourth most densely populated city in the States, right after New York City, San Francisco, and Boston. The population of Santa Ana is very racially diverse. A vast majority of Santa Ana residents are of Hispanic or Latino descent, followed by white people, Asians, and African Americans. Median age in Santa Ana is 29, which makes its population considerably young.

Education in Santa Ana

The official motto of Santa Ana is “Education first”. Santa Ana Unified School District features almost forty K-5 elementary schools, nine intermediate schools, eight high schools, one charter school, and five special schools. The city is also home to Santa Ana Community College and California Coast University. If you are considering moving to Santa Ana with your kids, you won’t have to worry about them receiving high-quality education.

Cost of Living in Santa Ana

Santa Ana is not the cheapest place on Earth to live. It exceeds the United States average on every point, including housing, utilities, transportation, and health, to name a few. A 900 square feet furnished home in an averagely-priced area rents for around $1,800 a month, while monthly utility expenses usually revolve around $130. A monthly ticket for public transport costs around $70.

Speaking of Public Transport…

The city has a few freeways, which connect it to the rest of the Orange County. The public transit in Santa Ana is operated by the Orange County Transportation Authority. To learn more about public transportation in Santa Ana, visit their website .

Biking in Santa Ana

Luckily, if you don’t like relying on public transport, Santa Ana can offer wonderful biking tracks as well. Our personal favorite is the Santa Ana River Trail . The trail runs alongside the Santa Ana River and is around thirty miles long. The authorities are planning on expanding it to be around a hundred miles long, which will make it the longest multi-functional track in Southern California.

The Weather in Santa Ana

The weather in Santa Ana is pretty magnificent. Each year, Santa Ana sees around 14 inches of rain, with only around thirty days of precipitation. The highest average annual temperature is around 83 degrees in July, while the lowest is 47 degrees in January. Once you start packing for your relocation to Santa Ana, consider organizing a garage sale and getting rid of all the winter clothes you won’t need.

What Makes Santa Ana Special

Once you move to Santa Ana, you are probably going to want to explore the city. Since Santa Ana is relatively large, we have decided to give you some pointers for your Santa Ana adventure:
- Discovery Science Center , also known as the Discovery Cube, is a science museum with over a hundred hands-on exhibits made to cater both to children and to adults.
- Santa Ana Zoo  houses over 120 different species (more than 350 animals) and is bound to spark interest in everyone who visits it.
- Santa Ana Fire Museum  is an homage to Santa Ana’s brave firefighters. Its exhibits include vintage equipment and 19th century memorabilia, as well as modern, state-of-the-art fire trucks.
- Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum is an 1889 house built in Queen Anne style. One of the first female physicians in the area used to live here.

Did Someone Say Waffles?

The food scene might not be what makes Santa Ana popular, but it is nevertheless amazing. Once you settle down here and finish unpacking, you might want to go out and explore Santa Ana’s restaurants. Here are some great ones to start from:
- Bella Cocina . This is an inexpensive Mexican/Italian restaurant with great variety on the menu. We suggest trying their Chicken Fajitas.
- The Kroft . This restaurant does a great job of mixing the casual gastropub feel with the best locally brewed beers. Make sure you try their poutines – crispy double-fried French fries with cheese curds and homemade gravy.
- La Biryani . If you are a fan of Indian food, this is the place for you. They serve authentic Indian cuisine with just a little bit of their own touch. Our recommendation – chicken tikka masala and lamb curry.
- Yojie Japanese Fondue . If you are more into Japanese food, head to this restaurant, where you can design your dinner according to your own taste.
- The Scotchery Restaurant . This steakhouse is a little bit on the expensive side, but it is very much worth it. Should you decide to eat here, our suggestion is to try their tomahawk steak.
The list could go on forever. If you want to find out more about Santa Ana’s restaurants, read their reviews, and learn about other customers’ experiences click here .

The Neighborhoods of Santa Ana

Now that you know a little bit more about Santa Ana, you have only one thing left to do – find your new neighborhood. Santa Ana offers quite a few good neighborhoods. We have decided to shortlist some of the best ones:
- Fairbridge Square – this neighborhood has low crime rates, a stable housing market and numerous local amenities. However, the costs of living are pretty high.
- Republic Homes – another neighborhood with a stable housing market, this one has a very high average income per resident and a large number of local amenities. However, it does not offer a lot of good schools and is pretty expensive.
- Riverview West – this neighborhood is slightly cheaper than the previous two, but its education opportunities are scarce. Crime rates are higher than in the previous two neighborhoods, but it has a lot of amenities in vicinity.
- Casa Bonita – this is one of the most affordable neighborhoods in Santa Ana and it offers lots of local amenities. However, the housing market is not exactly stable, and education and employment opportunities are scarce.
To find out more about Santa Ana’s neighborhoods, click here .
Are you ready to make your move? Whether moving to Santa Ana means moving across country or moving locally, you will probably need some help with your relocation. Packing, renting a moving truck, and loading it all by yourself can be a tedious process. This is why we suggest hiring professional movers. Contact Cross Country Moving Company today to get the best moving price estimates and schedule your move. If you need your vehicle relocated as well, don’t worry – we at Cross Country Moving Company offer a wide variety of services, including auto transport. 

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Cross Country Long Distance Movers are one of the top rated moving companies in the United States. If you are relocating to Santa Ana and are looking for reliable relocation services, then Cross Country Movers will be glad to help. We have an exceptional reputation for providing the best services possible and aim to give you a stress-free, safe and impeccable move.
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