Santa Ana is a city of over twenty-seven square miles with a population of approximately 325,000 It is located thirty-three miles south of Los Angeles and twelve miles inland from the Pacific Ocean.
Since the 1980s, Santa Ana has been characterized by an effort to revitalize the downtown area which had declined in influence. The Santa Ana Artist's Village was created around Cal State Fullerton's Grand Central Art Center to attract artists and young professionals to live-work lofts and new businesses. The process has continued into 2009 with the reopening of the historic Yost Theater.
Santa Ana has a number of parks that provide an improved quality of life for the residents. Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm amusement parks are located northeast of Santa Ana, several kilometers away. Beaches are located around 20 minutes to the south, accessible by the 55 freeway. Huntington Beach and Newport Beach as well as other coastal communities offer world-class shopping, dining, boating, swimming and surfing opportunities.
Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) is a school district in Orange County, California that serves the city of Santa Ana. Although its geographic size is only 24 square miles, it is the sixth largest school district in the state of California with approximately 58,000 students. SAUSD employs approximately 4,500 staff, and its operating budget is $483.1 million. The district is comprised of 36 Elementary, 9 Intermediate, 7 High School, 3 Alternative High Schools, 1 Special Needs School and 5 Charter Schools.
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