Santa Ana Goes From One of Forbes' Most Boring Cities in the U.S. to One of the Coolest

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Either Santa Ana has improved mucho over the past five years or the cultural bean counters at Forbes magazine are under some bipolar spell.

That's because the city that Forbes dubbed one of the top 10 most boring cities in America in 2009 has just been named the 20th Coolest City in the land.

How did Orange County's seat achieve the lofty position?

It's all about the numbers, Count Chocula.

Let's go to the scoreboard:

No. 20: Santa Ana, Calif.
Metro: Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA
Arts & Culture Index: 87%
Recreation Index: 98%
Diversity Index: 75.46%
Local Eats: 74%
Population age 20-34: 28.8%
2010 - 2013 Net Migration: 1.5%

Santa Ana Bores Forbes

So does that mean Santa Ana was able to incorporate some of "Anacrime" Anaheim and "Stepford" Irvine coolness, too? Unbelievable!

(Seriously, these rankings are not to be believed.)

Just ahead of Santa Ana was Bethesda, Md., at No. 19. Other California cities were Los Angeles and San Jose, which were tied at No. 16, Sacramento at No. 14, Oakland at No. 12, Riverside at No. 8, San Diego at No. 6 and San Francisco at No. 5.

Washington, D.C., is numero uno in coolness, sayeth the Forbes.

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cynthia.curran8
cynthia.curran8

Well, you had the Republican types talk about how great the Texas cities are but both Houston and Dallas have their poor Mexican and black areas as well. In fact Santa Ana and Anaheim are lower in crime than Houston and Dallas. Houston is more the diverse city, foreign born more from Africa as well as other places and you have white, Hispanic, Black and some Asian in Houston which Santa Ana mainly has the Hispanic with few whites and Asians.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

crime graffiti lower educated people and lawlessness have always excited the "whiteboys" to 


declare


yeah, man, thats whats cool



thats how the place went form zero to hero 

Henry J Ceslewski Jr
Henry J Ceslewski Jr

Forget that city leaders have their collective heads up their asses being that TENS OF THOUSANDS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE SPENT RAIDING MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES.

Benjamin Ferenc
Benjamin Ferenc

Bunch of south OC trolls on this page livin off their parents trust funds. Get some culture bitches.

Heather Ferenc
Heather Ferenc

Go Santana!!!!! Love that place. I've lived in oc my entire life (mostly tustin) and after living in Santa Ana for 10 years with the best neighbors ever and tons of great restaurants and bars I'll never look back. Later haters! Benjamin Ferenc Joe CesarioMarc LaFont.

Benjamin Ferenc
Benjamin Ferenc

Eric , Joe ,Aaron , Heather ,and anyone else... \U0001f609

Zak Sea
Zak Sea

santa ana is far from boring

Ramzy Earle
Ramzy Earle

I live in Germany and if could make exactly what I am making here, I would go to Santa Ana in a minute!

Stephanie Laguna
Stephanie Laguna

Oh man. I love it;) such history in Santa Ana. Bad and good.

Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

On the list of priorities for people considering a place to live, shop, or be served, "coolness" is number 69  behind school test scores, crime rates, traffic, climate, amenities, taxes, demographics, proximity to employment, etc.

Lizzy Boredum
Lizzy Boredum

¡si no te gusta, largate! ¡aprende epanol!

elizabeth.boredum
elizabeth.boredum

At least they aren't number one. Oc has a way of ruining it's own success... I'm looking at YOU, OCTA!

elizabeth.boredum
elizabeth.boredum

At least its not in the top ten. OC always ruins it's own success.. I'm looking at You, OCTA!

Angelica Gomez
Angelica Gomez

It's sad to see the pimps and prostitutes "working" in broad daylight. Alone with 12 year old hoodlums in the making. I hope they do clean up Santa Ana. Downtown is looking better.

Hector Yanez
Hector Yanez

Not really... but no lie since pham dead everything change in Santa Ana!!

Jeff Rey
Jeff Rey

thanks to the gays and their hype of the arts district huh

Rodriguez Liz
Rodriguez Liz

We do have some cool people here in Santa Ana .. Yes the city needs to clean up but it has it good points , keep changing Santa Ana

Cori Lahners
Cori Lahners

Do OC Register readers troll this page? Anyway, I've gotta give & show love to the positive parts of this great and diverse city!

Clint Lee
Clint Lee

No not really it has always been a gang infested sheeeet hole as long as I can remember, would you walk the streets at night in Santa Ana?

Clint Lee
Clint Lee

Yiou mean sheeet hole right.

Clint Lee
Clint Lee

It’s hard to get bored when you are trying not to get shot by vato gang bangers. It keeps you on your toes. Cool man !!

Eric Christner
Eric Christner

Those couple of blocks owned by Cal State Fullerton and the art studios are cool. Some of those restaurants are pretty good too. But this is what the early stages of gentrification look like.

Karla Roberts
Karla Roberts

I was excited about it until I saw that Riverside beat Boston and NY, among others. That's how I knew that it was a BS list

Mi Ke Higgins
Mi Ke Higgins

Santa Ana is a dump...only thing worse is Stanton.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

are you against money


or just people that have more than you

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

Excuse me?  Downtown Santa Ana Is AWESOME!  Getting better?  Please!   You need to get out more.  The Spectrum is NOT a night on the town!  BORING!  

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

The gays?  Your a douche.


dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

A hell of a lot more then some 'good points'.  Don't you read?


dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

That was actually in your back yard where the dumping was happening.  Idiot.

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

YES AND I DO!  NOTHING TO BE FUCKING SCARED ABOUT!  Dick head.


elizabeth.boredum
elizabeth.boredum

That uneasiness you feel is the same as a person of color feels in every other frat boy city in OC. Deal with it!... they do.

dripiship
dripiship

That pussy default pic fits you well

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

Early?  Where the f*ck have you been?  It's been cool for several years now and will continue to be awesome.  

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

BULLSHIT and you know it.  Fucking idiot.  Your the dump.  Sorry you live in Stanton.

cynthia.curran8
cynthia.curran8

Well, Houston and Dallas are in some places dumps, in fact the 3rd ward of Houston used to be about 90 percent black and lots  in trouble with the law. Now they are gentrifying it.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

@elizabeth.boredum



there are more attacks on whites by blacks ( per capita)


so your opinions are just that


mine are facts


plus add in the facts that whites have been taught for decades that blacks have a right to attack


( and now many argue that even getting called a name by a white person its reasonable to physically attack them…you probably agree with doing it that way too)


so spar us all the defense of gangs 

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