Santa Ana Rated 4th Worst U.S. City for Renters

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Do you suppose city and chamber officials would mind if "Welcome to Santa Ana" signs included in small tape "the fourth worst place in America to be a renter?"

That dubious distinction comes from a study titled "Rental Bang for Your Buck," which names the five best and five worst U.S. cities for tenants.

It was compiled by a Zillow.com team led by economist Svenja Gudell and broken down in slideshow form by TheStreet.com.

Rental markets were ranked in the 100 most-populous U.S. cities based on:

  • Median asking prices per square foot for all rentals advertised on Zillow.com.
  • Estimated rental value of a typical residence within a given city (including owner-occupied properties not available for rent)
  • How much each community's median rental value has increased or decreased over the past 12 months
  • Each market's "break-even period," an estimate of how many years of homeownership it takes before buying a place that costs less than renting

Santa Ana is sandwiched between fifth-worst Boston and third-worst Minneapolis.

Fourth-worst market for renters: Santa Ana, Calif.
Bang for Your Buck score: 26.92
The typical property in this community some 30 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles carries a $2,179-a-month rental value, the 11th-highest among America's largest cities. Santa Ana's rental values are also growing at 4.21% a year, or more than twice the U.S. norm. Similarly, the median Santa Ana rental lists for $1.68 a square foot, well above the $1.02 typical nationwide. "Santa Ana is an expensive market for renters," Gudell says. The 329,000-population community also has a 2.76-year break-even period for buying vs. renting. That's below the U.S. median -- bad news for tenants.

Numbers one and two at being worst are in Flordia, Miami and Hialeah respectively.

The best cities for renters, according to Zillow, are:

1. St. Louis
2. Fayetteville, N.C.
3. Virginia Beach, Va.
4. El Paso, Texas
5. Knoxville, Tenn.

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Samuel Baker
Samuel Baker

Edinger and grand. Heard gunshots 5 nights a week.

FFO1939
FFO1939

Santa Ana should lower their monthly rate equivalent to Tijuana guetto barrios!!

Armando Jr Solis
Armando Jr Solis

Some parts of Santa Ana are actually quite nice...but some are really guetto fo sho!

Johnny Montana
Johnny Montana

I rent S.A an is not a bad place to live been here for a year now I live in a nice quite area walking distance from East End - Downtown Santa Ana in between Orange, California & Irvine, California

Heather Newport Adame
Heather Newport Adame

Me and some friends rented in Washington Square about 5 years ago.. Super cute neighborhood and rent was reasonable. However, surrounded by ghetto santana

Favian Orozco
Favian Orozco

Got mold or mildew? suck it up... Bad wiring? The house is old what do you expect, just pay your rent OK?

Mark Warrick
Mark Warrick

I grew up in SA and rented there for a few years. Aside from my truck being randsacked of everything in it down to the last penny in the glovebox, no issues. hey at least they didnt damage or steal the truck! But after that, I made Irvine my new home and dread anytime i have to go into SA.

Zachary Risinger
Zachary Risinger

1) Roaches. 2) Parking in South Coast Metro is a nightmare.

Jay Grayson
Jay Grayson

Santa Ana is trash, rent should be free

Sarah Stephens
Sarah Stephens

I rented an apt in SA for 4 months until I couldn't stand the roaches a minute longer! I will never step foot back in Santa Ana

Gerardo Robles
Gerardo Robles

As long as it's not like South Orange County, those pricks polute the entire county

Laura Romero
Laura Romero

I rented in "south coast metro" aka Santa Ana and it was wonderful.

Erin Ramas
Erin Ramas

I grew up in SA, sadly back at the moment and it's horrid. I can't believe what people pay to rent here or anywhere in the OC for that matter.

Greyzie Bo
Greyzie Bo

Hella ghetto. My apt had holes in the wall and rats running around. I remember one time my window popped out cause of the winds. To be honest I kind of like it ghetto it gives Santa Ana character seperating it from other cities.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

I would say HB is pretty bad for renters, too...because a landlord can charge a king's ransom for a hovel if it's located in the right zip code. Location. Location. Location.

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