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Complete Moving Guide to Santa Ana, CA
|As the seat of Orange County California, Santa Ana is busy with the
hustle and bustle of business and government. But don't let all that regional
responsibility fool you.
Santa Ana is full of fun activities area
residents relish in all year through. With L.A. only 40 minutes away and
Huntington Beach just 20 minutes away, the region boasts serious pleasure just
outside its borders.
Of course when you throw in an excellent education
system into the mix, you have the balance of commerce, law and schooling all
right in the heart of Santa Ana, making it a great place to live for obvious
If you are interested in relocating to the California community,
browse through this guide and read about everything from regional employment to
culture to see if the popular province is where you and your family may want to
Santa Ana ClimateThe California community's climate is ideal,
with Santa Ana summers and winters both gorgeous times of the year. From June to
September, the daily high is 82-degrees and the nightly average is 62-degrees,
and from December to March, the daily high is 70-degrees and the nightly average
is 48-degrees. With only around 14-inches of precipitation a year, residents
rarely get rained out, staying dry and comfortable during all four seasons.
Santa Ana NeighborhoodsAs the seat of Orange County, downtown
Santa Ana is the place to be. As the area politicians take their places at the
Santa Ana Civic Center, the main center of government for both the county and
city, laws are made and legislation is upheld in downtown. North of the city
center is midtown, where Main Street runs bringing shopping and entertainment
close to the business district.
The south end of the city is considered
Metro, a culturally complex community that has direct access to both Los
Angeles and San Diego. The upper-middle and middle-class subdivisions are set
apart from the rest of Santa Ana, with affluent residents and visitors living
and frequenting the eye-catching vicinity.
The Metro East area is made up
of mixed-use developments, making the Santa Ana setting a combination of
commercial, residential and educational facilities. The Santa Ana Neighborhood Associations is comprised of 64
subdivision alliances that work together to keep the California community a most
excellent place to live.
Registering Your CarConsidered a state resident if you register
to vote, pay school tuition or file property taxes, the California Division of Motor Vehicles mandates you have a
license within 10 days of doing any of the above. After completing an
application, new residents must provide proof of name, address and birth date,
as well as a social security card to get a California license.
test and $39 fee are also required to retain a permit. Registering your car and
receiving California plates can be done by filling out the necessary paperwork
and providing proof of insurance. It cost $46 dollars to register your car in
the Golden State.
Santa Ana SchoolsThe Santa Ana Unified School District is made up of 56,000
students and runs on a $499 million annual budget. With 36 elementary, 9
intermediate and 7 high schools, the system sees childrens' education all the
way through senior year. The district also has 3 alternative, 1 special and 5
charter schools. The 61 educational sites swanks 4 National Blue
Ribbons and 28 California Distinguished Schools acknowledgements.
a more specialized and religion-based education, students are sent to private
elementary schools, and then to Mater Dei High School. After graduation, area students often
attend the Santa Ana Community College for university preparation or
special career training. California Coast University is also an option for residents
who are thinking about getting their associates, bachelor's or master's degree.
Santa Ana EmploymentAs the Orange County seat, more than 15,000
workers are employed at the local government agency downtown. Other top employers include
Ingram Micro, employing 4,000, and the United States Postal Service, employing
2,000. Though the city has a 10.8% unemployment rate, jobs are still available
if you search hard enough. Checking with the Santa Ana
Chamber of Commerce or the Orange County Register classifieds are two great
places to start searching for employment in the region.
Living Costs in the CityA median household income of $52,003 and average home price
of $260,000 according to CNN Money, makes Santa Ana a reasonably priced region
to reside in if you are making enough money. With a 9.4% higher cost-of-living
than the state average and a 43.5% higher rate than the national average, Santa
Ana is not necessarily an inexpensive place to settle by any means.
one-bedroom apartment alone can run you anywhere between, $1,300, the lowest, to
$3,000, the highest, depending on the location's landscape and luxury. However,
if you really wanted to settle in Santa Ana, you can do so with the right paying
job and affordable piece of property.
Santa Ana Moving ResourcesMoving and storage companies are
ready and willing to help you with your move to Santa Ana, whether you're moving
from out of state or from another county in California. Make sure you get
estimates from multiple moving services before you commit to hiring any (at
least three estimates). Check back to our guides for tips on how to choose your
moving service wisely with important
questions to ask, differentiating between types
of estimates, and mistakes
to avoid. Visit the following pages at Movers.com to get quotes for the
Santa Ana TransportationL.A. is only 40 minutes away once you
jump on the Santa Ana Freeway, I-5, taking locals straight to the stars,
figuratively speaking. Garden Grove Freeway, Route 22, is also another main
corridor that runs motorists in and out of the city to nearby neighborhoods. If
you are not in the mood to drive, ride the Metrolink light rail system around, taking the
service to local stops or to L.A. With seven lines and 55 different stations,
the railroad gives residents many routes to travel whether they are going to
work Monday thru Friday or enjoying a weekend activity.
The Orange County
Transportation Authority is another available mode of area transportation.
With 591 busses that drive 77 routes in the region, there is no excuse to be
late to a red carpet affair. Lastly, John Wayne is not just a famous actor who
portrayed a cowboy in so many Hollywood hits, it is also the name of the Santa Ana Airport
that flies locals and visitors in and out of the city.
Culture & Contemporary LifeThough hopping on the freeway to Hollywood for a good time is an
option, most residents don't even leave the region, finding all the fun they
need right at their fingertips. World-class dining, shopping and entertainment
are what residents enjoy every season of the year in downtown
Santa Ana. From museums, music venues, performing arts centers and theaters,
locals are never bored within the regional borders.
keep residents busy as well with so many grabbing a game of golf or seeing a
collegiate sporting competition all year long. Historic French
Park and the Santa Ana Zoo are also popular places locals frequent for some
fun and exercise. And of course, Newport Beach is but 20 minutes away, making it
possible for residents to lather up with suntan lotion and get a great tan.
Santa Ana Relocation Tips
- Visit Santa Ana and see for yourself why so many vacation in the area,
nevertheless call it their home.
- Take some time to research the Internet to find out where local banks,
businesses and shopping centers are located. Knowing the area will make it
easier for you to get around when you first arrive.
- Orange County
Volunteers is a great organization to get involved with if you are
considering moving to the community. There is no better way to become a local
than by lending a helping hand in the area.
- Santa Ana City
See for yourself all the city has to offer at the site's Internet
Get a feel for the Santa Ana surrounding area by becoming familiar
with the larger region the city resides in.
- Southern California Edison Electric
lights shining on Hollywood stars is all well and good, but seeing yourself
under a glow is all that really matters, so get connected with the local
Though there is really no need to turn on the heat much in
a Santa Ana household, there is a need to get your gas going for a fine-cooked
Ana Police Department
Connect with the local authorities and find out
what the area crime ratings are and how to become involved in local neighborhood