The City of Santa Ana, considered the central hub of Orange County, is located approximately 34 miles from Downtown Los Angeles, and offers access to four major freeways and a regional transit station which services Amtrak and Metrolink. The OC Streetcar Project, scheduled for completion in 2020, will connect residents and visitors to Garden Grove, Anaheim Resort District and into downtown Santa Ana. Its mass transportation infrastructure enables residents and employees to embrace a green lifestyle, commuting to work by bus, train, bicycle and foot.
This convenience attracts a diverse population of businesses, tourists, and locals to Santa Ana's distinctive and unexpected affordable housing choices, culinary experiences, unique shopping opportunities, energetic nightlife and cultural amenities like the Artists Village, Bowers Museum, and Historic Downtown. From gleaming, technologically advanced office buildings and innovative exhibits at the Discovery Science Center, to luxury high-rise living and distinctive restaurants, the City is committed to creating a business-friendly environment for development to prosper.
Santa Ana has long been the county’s government powerbase, and today this historic city serves as Orange County’s true downtown. With its charming streets and vibrant restaurants, Downtown Santa Ana continues to be regarded as one of Orange County’s best neighborhoods and was recently named one of the “Great Places in America” by the American Planning Association. The culture and flair of Downtown Santa Ana offers a distinctive experience in Southern California. The neighborhood is filled with eclectic restaurants, one-of-a-kind retail shops, independent breweries, weekly pop-up markets, community-driven chef incubator spaces, creative office space, live-work housing, government offices, art studios, North America’s first E-sport Arena, Orange County’s only independent art house cinema, and a university-run art residency complex hosting internationally renowned and emerging local artists. With its bustling nightlife and new residential scene, the Downtown has become a hot spot for visitors, tourists and residents to get that fresh, new and exciting experience.
Santa Ana has a very large and diverse business base with over 19,000 businesses employing over 160,000 people. Santa Ana is home to MainPlace Mall, a regional shopping center currently undergoing a $300 million investment makeover. The MainPlace project will add several new dining choices, entertainment venues, an educational play center for children, hotels and two new apartment communities. Santa Ana is also the corporate headquarters of several large companies including Behr Paint, Medtronic, First American Corporation, and Wahoo’s Fish Taco.