Facts and Figures

Reference/Information Section
Santa Ana Public Library
May 2018


Don Gaspár de Portolá, a Spanish expedition party leader, discovered a picturesque valley and river in Southern California, which he christened Santa Ana, in honor of Saint Anne, on July 26, 1769. José Antonio Yorba, a youthful expedition soldier, and his nephew Juan Peralta, were given a Spanish land grant for the area. They developed the Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana for cattle grazing and productive farmland. In 1869, William H. Spurgeon purchased 70 acres from the Yorba family and plotted a town site. The new town was given the name Santa Ana. In 1886, Santa Ana was incorporated as a city. Orange County was separated from Los Angeles in 1889, and Santa Ana was designated the County Seat. Santa Ana is the financial and governmental center of Orange County and a major city in the state.


134.8 feet / 41.1meters above sea level (NCDC: Weather Station, Radar Data Inventories, 2001)


27.3 square miles (Santa Ana City Public Works Agency, State Plane NAD 83, Zone 406 Projection)


Santa Ana is the County Seat and second largest city in Orange County, and eleventh largest in California. (California State Department of Finance, Cities Ranked, Total Population 01/01/2018)


Season total 2016-2017: 20.69 inches; annual season average 1908-2017:12.85 inches; season maximum 1940-1941:32.14 inches.
(Precipitation Summary, PFRD Station # 121, Period: 7/1/1908 to 6/30/2017. O.C. Public Facilities & Resources Department, 5/7/2018) 

Seasonal Average Temperatures

Winter…………….Low.47:0°F; High 69:7°F
Spring…………….Low.53:3°F; High.74:0°F
Summer…………..Low.62:3ºF; High. 82:0°F
Fall………………..Low.57:0ºF; High. 79:3ºF

(2018 US Climate Data Version 2.3/ usca1016/NOAA) 
“Earth’s surface 2016 warmest year since records began in 1880” (NOAA / NASA National Centers for Environmental Information, Global Analysis 2016)

Geographical Location

Longitude………..117.88 degrees West. Latitude …………33.74 degrees North. 
(NOAA/National Weather Service, 7/8/2013)


Bowers Museum of Cultural Arts, Discovery Science Center, Santa Ana Zoo, Historic Downtown Santa Ana, Santa Ana Artists’ Village, Dr Willella Howe-Waffle House & Medical Museum, Kidseum, Old Courthouse Museum, Santa Ana Public Library, Fairhaven Memorial Park, S.A. Firefighters’ Museum.

City: TREE … Jacaranda     FLOWER … Hibiscus     COLORS…Royal Blue & Gold
City Mottoes: “Education First” “Downtown Orange County” and “The Golden City”

Demographic and Economic Data


338,247 (California State Department of Finance, Demographic Research Unit, 01/01/2018) 


Hispanic: 253,928 (78.2%) Asian: 33,618 (10.4%)White: 29,950 (9.2%)

Black: 3,177 (1.0%) American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut: 507 (0.2 %)

Pacific Islander: 826 (0.3%) Other 375 (.1%)

Two or more races 2,147 (0.7%) (C.D.F. /U.S. Census Bureau 2010)

Median Age

29.1 (U.S. Census Bureau 2010)

School Enrollment

50,000 (SAUSD K-12 2017/2018) 9,648 (GGUSD K-12 2017/2018 resident students attending Garden Grove schools within Santa Ana and Garden Grove 5/3/18)

Voter Registration Resident Enrollment

99,246 (Orange County Registrar of Voters, Election Data Central, 5/2/2018)

Civilian Labor Force

158,800 (State of California, Employment Development Department, March 2018)

Unemployment Rate

2.8% (4,500 State of California, Employment Development Department, March 2018)

Largest Employers

County of Orange; Santa Ana Unified School District; Santa Ana College; First American Title Company; City of Santa Ana; KPC Healthcare; Superior Court of CA-County of Orange; United States Postal Service;Johnson & Johnson; Yokohama Tire Corporation; Ingram Micro. (City of S. A. 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, 6/30/17)

Housing Units

78.052 (California State Department of Finance, Housing Estimates, 01/01/2018)

Taxable Sales

$4,134,901,957 (California State Board of Equalization, 01/2016 – 12/2016)

Median Household Income

$54,521 (2005-2009 U.S. Census Bureau 2010)

Assessed Valuation 

$25,217,191,374 (Orange County Assessor, Total Assessed Valuations, 2017 - 2018)

Building Activity (All Construction - Total Valuation)

$199,030,201 (City of Santa Ana, Permit Section, 01/01/2016 - 12/31/2016)

Santa Ana City Government

Website: www.santa-ana.org. Tel: (714) 647-5400.

The City of Santa Ana was incorporated on June 1, 1886. A City Charter was adopted in 1952, which established a Council/Manager form of Government. A Council consisting of six Council members and a directly elected Mayor governs the City. Council candidates are nominated from wards, but elected by voters from the entire city. Council members are elected to four-year terms. The mayor is elected every two years. *

City Council meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 5:00 pm for Closed Session, and at 5:45 pm, for the Regular Open Session in the Council Chamber. Meetings are open to the public and streamed live via CTV3 SPECTRUM, and rebroadcast on Mondays at 6:00 pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:00 am and 6:00 pm, and Sundays at 1:00 pm Meetings held in locations that do not have a live cable feed will be videotaped, and shown on CTV3 the day after the meeting.

City Council (4-year Term)

Mayor Miguel A. Pulido (Re-elected 11/08/2016, term expires 11/2018)
Ward 1 Vicente F. Sarmiento (Re-elected 11/08/2016, term expires 11/2020) 
Ward 2 Michele Martinez (Mayor pro Tem) (Re-elected 11/04/2014, term expires 11/2018)
Ward 3 Jose Solorio (Elected 11/08/2016, term expires 11/2020)
Ward 4 David Benavides (Re-elected 11/04/2014, term expires 11/2018)
Ward 5 Juan Villegas (Elected 11/08/2016, term expires 11/2020)
Ward 6 Sal Tinajero (Re-elected 11/04/2014, term expires 11/2018)

City Manager: Raul Godinez (Appointed 10/17/2017)

Elected Representatives

United States Senate (6-year Term)

Kamala D. Harris (Democrat) Elected 11/08/16

Capitol Address: 112 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Website: harris.senate.gov
Telephone: (202) 224-3553; FAX: (202) 224-2200
Local Office: 11845, Olympic Blvd. Suite 1250W, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Telephone: (310) 231-4494; FAX (202) 224-0357

Dianne Feinstein (Democrat) Re-elected 11/06/2012

Capitol Address: 331 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Website: feinstein.senate.gov
Telephone: (202) 224-3841; FAX (202) 228-3954
Local Office: 11111 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 915, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Telephone: (310) 914-7300; FAX (310) 914-7318

United States House of Representatives (2-year Term)

J. Luis Correa (46th District, Democrat) Elected 11/08/2016

Capitol Address: 1039 Longworth House Office Building, Washington D.C. 20515 
Website: correa.house.gov
Telephone: (202) 225-2965
Local Office: Rancho Santiago Community College Building, 2323 N. Broadway, Suite 319 Santa Ana, CA 92706 
Telephone: (714) 559-6190

Dana Rohrabacher (48th District, Republican) Re-elected 11/08/2016

Capitol Address: 2300 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington D.C. 20515
Website: rohrabacher.house.gov
Telephone: (202) 225-2415
Local Office: 101 Main Street, Suite 380, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Telephone: (714) 960-6483

California State Senate (4-year Term)

Janet Nguyen (34th District, Republican) Elected 11/04/2014

State Capitol: State Capitol Building, Room 3048, Sacramento, CA 95814
Website: https://nguyen.cssrc.us/
Telephone: (916) 651-4034; FAX (916) 651-4934
Local Office: 10971 Garden Grove Blvd. Suite D, Garden Grove, CA 92843
Telephone: (714) 741-1034 

California State Assembly (2-year Term)

Tom Daly (69th District, Democrat) Re-Elected 11/08/2016

State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0069 
Website: https://a69.asmdc.org/
Telephone: (916) 319-2069; FAX (916) 319-2169
Local Office: 2400 E. Katella Ave. Suite 640, Anaheim, CA 92806
Telephone: (714) 939-8469; FAX (714) 939-8986

Travis Allen (72nd District, Republican) Re-Elected 11/08/2016

State Capitol, Room 4208, Sacramento, CA 94249
Website: https://ad72.asmrc.org/
Telephone: (916) 319-2072
Local Office: 17011 Beach Blvd. Suite 1120, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Telephone: (714) 843-4966

Orange County Board of Supervisors (4-year Term)

Orange County Hall of Administration

Website: www.ocgov.com
Telephone: (714) 834-5400; FAX (714) 834-7650
333, W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana, CA 92701

Andrew Do** (Chairman) (1st District) Re-Elected 11/08/2016

Website: http://ocgov.com/gov/bos/1
Telephone: (714) 834-3110; FAX (714) 834-5754
Email: first.district@ocgov.com

Michelle Steel (2nd District) Elected 11/04/2014 

Website: http://ocgov.com/gov/bos/2
Telephone: (714) 834-3220; FAX (714) 834-6109
Email: Michelle.Steel@ocgov.com

Todd Spitzer (3rd District) Re-Elected 06/07/16

Website: http://ocgov.com/gov/bos/3
Telephone: (714) 834-3330; FAX (714) 834-2786
Email: todd.spitzer@ocgov.com

Shawn Nelson (Vice Chair) (4th District) Re-Elected 11/04/14 
Website: http://ocgov.com/gov/bos/4
Telephone: (714) 834-3440; FAX (714) 834-2045
Email: Audra.Fishel@ocgov.com

Lisa Bartlett (5th District) Elected 11/04/2014 

Website: http://ocgov.com/gov/bos/5
Telephone: (714) 834-3550; FAX (714) 834-2670
Email: Lisa.Bartlett@ocgov.com

**Represents City of Santa Ana within First District