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Santa Ana, CA (Population: 340,368)

Santa Ana is the largest city in Orange County with a population of 340,368 (2006). The city is the seat of Orange County and is situated on the Santa Ana River approximately ten miles from the Pacific Ocean. Santa Ana is most well-known for 75 percent of its population consisting of Hispanic residents. This is the highest percentage of Hispanic people in the 50 largest cities in the United States.

One of Santa Ana's most notable businesses is The Rickenbacker International Corporation, also known as Rickenbacker. This is the largest guitar company to have manufactured all of their instruments in the United States. Rickenbacker is famous for having invented the first electric guitar in the 1930s. Many rock and roll legends have contributed to the company's fame by using their electric and bass guitars. Other well-known corporations in Santa Ana include the First American Corporation, Ingram Micro, and the Glenn L. Martin aviation Company- which later merged with the Lockheed Corporation to become Lockheed-Martin.

Santa Ana offers many cultural, recreational, and entertainment opportunities for its residents and visitors. If you're into visual arts, there are a number of studios and galleries in the city, some of which include the Cal State University Fullerton (CSFU) Grand Central Art Center, East Village, Empire Arts Building, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Main Street Studios, Santora Arts Building, SolArt Gallery Cafe, and the Spurgeon Building. Lovers of culture and history can choose among one of Santa Ana's fine museums: the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Old County Courthouse and Museum, Bowers Kidseum, the Santa Ana Fire Department's Firefighters Museum, and the Dr. Howe-Waffle House. Whether you're into cutting-edge theater or classic productions, you're sure to find a playhouse with an intimate setting among the following: CSUF Grand Central Arts Center, Cultural Stage of Art, DePietro Performance Center, Orange County Crazies, Main Street Players, Rude Guerrilla Theater, the Stop-Gap Theater, and Tibbies Great American Cabaret.

Other points of interest in Santa Ana include the Art Village and Civic Center (located downtown), Delhi Park, Salvador Park, the Discovery Science Center, the Downtown National Register District, the OC Pavilion performing arts center, the 5-star restaurant Ambrosia, El Centro Cultural de Mexico, the Galaxy Theatre, the Historic French Park, the Main Place Mall, the Old Orange County Courthouse, the Santa Ana Zoo, Original Mike's, and the Historic Floral Park.

Visitors to Santa Ana simply must sample the city's gastronomic delights. Favorite Santa Ana dining establishments include 50 Forks (located at the Art Institute of California-Orange County), the Athena Restaurant (located in the Santa Ana Performing Arts and Events Center), the Boardwalk Cafe, El Curtido (featuring the cuisine of El Salvador), the Green Parrot Cafe (California cuisine), the Gypsy Den Cafe, Mil Jugos (Venezuelan cuisine), Nature's Niche, The Olde Ship (British pub and restaurant), Shelly's Courthouse Bistro, and Yogi's Teriyaki House, to name a mere few.