Introduction to Santa Ana, California
Founded in 1869, Santa Ana is the county seat of Orange County, California, and a city of over 340,000 people. Santa Ana is part of the Los Angeles Long Beach Santa Ana metropolitan area which, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, is the second largest metropolitan area in the United States with almost thirteen million people.
Santa Ana is located in Southern California on the Santa Ana River, ten miles away from the California coast. It is only forty minutes southeast of Los Angeles. Santa Ana is home to two Fortune 500 companies, including Ingram Micro, and First American Corp. Santa Ana is also home to the famous guitar manufacturer, Rickenbacker International Corporation.
Santa Ana experiences the warm sunny weather that Southern California is famous for. Santa Ana's climate can best be called mild. Winter daytime temperatures average in the high sixties and low seventies (degrees Fahrenheit), and summer daytime temperatures average in the low eighties. Rainfall averages below fifteen inches per year.
Santa Ana Arts and Entertainment
For a city of modest size, Santa Ana provides a good assortment of arts and cultural offerings. Some of the more notable include:
- The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art and Bowers Kidseum
- The Galaxy Theater
- The Laguna Art Museum in nearby Laguna Beach
- The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum in nearby Newport Beach
- The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
- The Orange County Performing Arts Center in nearby Costa Mesa
- The Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace in nearby Yorba Linda
- The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park
Or course, Santa Ana also provides easy access to all of the arts and entertainment offerings of nearby Los Angeles. For fans of theme parks, nearby Anaheim is home to Disneyland, Disney's California, and Knott's Berry Farm.
For the sports enthusiast, Santa Ana provides easy access to all of the professional sports offerings of nearby Anaheim, and Los Angeles. Sporting teams in this area include the Arena Football League's (AFL) Los Angeles Avengers, MLB's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Los Angeles Dodgers, Major League Soccer's Club Deportivo Chivas USA and Los Angeles Galaxy, the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers, the NHL's Anaheim Mighty Ducks and LA Kings, and the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks.
Santa Ana's warm Southern California climate make it an ideal location for a wealth of outdoor activities, including: beach and water sports, boating, camping, golfing, and more. Skiing is also not that far away in nearby mountains.