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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Irvine is a city in California with a population of 256,877. Irvine is in Orange County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Irvine offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Irvine there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Irvine and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Irvine are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$753,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,114
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%
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Irvine Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    24
    283
  • Murder
    1
    6
  • Rape
    17
    41
  • Robbery
    20
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    227
    500
  • Theft
    1,019
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    70
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    29%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    38%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    8%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Irvine

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$95,573
National
$55,322
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Irvine is probably one of the safest, cleanest, and greenest cities in CA (if not, in the US)! It is located in Orange County, so it's really easy to go up to LA area or drive down to San Diego. Irvine is home to a lot of high-ranking schools like the University of California Irvine (UCI), Concordia University, Irvine Valley College, the Orange County Center of the University of Southern California (USC), and campuses of California State University Fullerton (CSUF), University of La Verne, and Pepperdine University. This city is really beautiful with streets dotted with flowers and trees. It is very quiet and all neighborhoods are well-maintained. There's a lot of opportunities for outdoor activities.
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Irvine is one of the nice cities with beautiful landscape. It is known as the city of where wealthy people live. I have visited the houses of some friends many times. The University of California, Irvine is also a wonderful university. One of my favorite places to go to in Irvine would have to be the Irvine Spectrum. I would like to live in an apartment in this city!
I grew up in Irvine! I have lived in Irvine since 1974 ...I have seen it GROW and Grow and it still has not changed ..and I mean there is a "GREAT SENSE of togetherness" with the people who LIVE in Irvine! THEY LOVE WHERE THEY LIVE! And it's Awesome to be PROUD of it! We respect and take "Care of our Community" by supporting our education for our children, we have churches that nurture our youth, we have businesses that donate to OUR schools, we have diversity, and yes we close our stores early for the safety of our children and residents! Nothing wrong with that! Irvine is a community of HARDWORKING, HIGHLY EDUCATED and successful people living here! And that's OK.