Santa Ana, California

Santa Ana is the second most populous and the county seat of Orange California, in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

The  Census Bureau estimated its 2019 population at 332,318, making Santa Ana the 57th-most populous  in the .

Santa Ana is in Southern , adjacent to the Santa Ana , about 10 miles (16 km) from the coast.

Founded in 1869, the is part of the Greater Los Angeles Area, the second-largest metropolitan area in the , with almost 18 million residents in 2010.

Santa Ana is a very densely populated , ranking fourth nationally in that regard among cities of over 300,000 residents.

In 2011, Forbes ranked Santa Ana the fourth-safest of over 250,000 residents in the .

Santa Ana’s northwestern and southern edges are part of the two largest commercial clusters in Orange : the Anaheim–Santa Ana edge  and the  Coast Plaza–John Wayne Airport edge .

Santa Ana lends its name to the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5), which runs through the .

It also shares its name with the nearby Santa Ana Mountains, and the Santa Ana winds, which have historically fueled seasonal wildfires throughout Southern .

The current Office of Management and Budget (OMB) metropolitan designation for the Orange Area is Santa Ana–Anaheim–Irvine, .

Approximately four-fifths Latino, Santa Ana has been characterized by The Times as the “face of a new , a where Latinos have more influence in everyday life—electorally, culturally and demographically—than almost anywhere else in the country.”