The most populous city in Orange County and its county seat, Santa Ana, California, is a city with a population estimated at more than 350,000. It is located on the Santa Ana River, about 10 miles away from Pacific Ocean's coastline. It is considered a part of the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana metropolitan area, which is the second largest metropolitan area in the country.
The city is near the Santa Ana Mountains which share its name, and is known for the Santa Ana Winds that arise there, responsible for many of the wildfires in the region. Santa Ana makes up an area of almost 28 square miles, nearly all of which is land, and it was incorporated as a city in 1886 with 2,000 residents. Median household income for residents is $43,412.
As the county seat, the city is home to all of the county government and office buildings, and many residents are employed in these occupations. The Santa Ana Unified School District provides education to children in the area through 37 elementary schools, nine middle schools, eight high schools, five special schools and one charter school. College and universities include Santa Ana College, a two-year community college, the California Coast University and the Orange County branch of the Art Institute of California.
John Wayne Airport is located within the city, providing commercial flights in and out of the region. Transportation can be found via the Amtrak train system, which runs several daily routes to San Diego, Los Angeles and Paso Robles during the weekdays, with reduced frequency on the weekends; via the light rails Metrolink's Orange County Line and Inland Empire-Orange County Line; or via bus service operated by the Orange County Transportation Authority. There are two golf courses, Riverview Golf Course and Willowick Municipal Golf Course, and several museums, including those focusing on firefighters, local history, art and the Discovery Museum of Orange County.