History of Santa Ana, California

Popularly known for being the economic and administrative hub of Orange County, Santa Ana is a thriving metropolis that boasts of having a rich history, great cultural diversity and high employment opportunities. The city is located a few minutes away from the Pacific Coast and lies next to Newport Beach and Huntington Beach cities. As of 2018, the population of the city was estimated to be over 332,000 residents. According to Forbes, Santa Ana is one of the most livable big cities in the United States.

Before the Spanish colonialists took over Alta California, Santa Ana and most of the nearby areas were home to the Juaneño and Tongva groups of ingenious people. The area was known as “Hotuuk.” Following Gaspar de Portolá’s expedition of Alta California in 1769, the area that forms today’s Santa Ana city was given the name Vallejo de Santa Ana which loosely translates to “Santa Ana Valley.” The area covered a large percentage of modern-day Orange County and was the location of Mission San Juan Capistrano which was constructed in the mid-1770s.

Just before Mexico went into war with Spain in their fight for independence, Santa Ana was offered to Jose Antonio Yorba as compensation for his services in the Spanish army. The land grant covered an area that is currently occupied by Santa Ana and nine other cities and unincorporated communities. Throughout the Mexican era, this entire region experienced minimal development. It was not until William Spurgeon claimed a section of the land in 1869 that development started to show. Santa Ana was officially certified to be a city in 1886 having a population of a little over 2000 people. Three years later, Orange County was formed and Santa Ana was chosen to be its administrative headquarters.

Today, the city is a thriving economic hub with modern infrastructure, a reliable education system, and numerous tourist attractions. It is comprised of several well-established districts with the Downtown area being the central business hub. The other districts include Midtown, Southeast End and Metro East.

Santa Ana serves as the headquarters and regional headquarters to several giant corporations including the likes of Behr Paint, Ultimate Software, First American Corporation, T-Mobile, and Greenwood & Hall among others. In a bid to compete with the fast-growing Irvine city whose fast development is threatening to take over most of Santa Ana’s businesses, the city has backed commercial development in both Metro East and South Coast Metro. As such, the city is expected to attract more and more investors in the coming years.

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