A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$688,200
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,903
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%

Irvine Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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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
    22
    273
  • Murder
    1
    6
  • Rape
    10
    41
  • Robbery
    22
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    203
    525
  • Theft
    1,218
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    78
    263

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$92,278
National
$53,889
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    29%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    38%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    8%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
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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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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.
Irvine, one of the wealthiest cities located in Orange County, which is also one of the wealthiest counties in the US! It is one of the safest cities in the US with great public schools and beautiful houses. Irvine is still developing which means that plenty of new houses and very spacious roads. Though, it also means that Irvine is being taken over because it is one of the hottest cities to be living in right now. Thus, expect the rent here to be outrageously high with homes selling in the millions. I say in about 5-10 years, there will be a lot more people than it is right now. Note that Irvine is a family friendly place, so it's better to settle down here with a family. Not recommended for young singles/couples because there is absolutely no night life here and it's a very quiet city so expect the police to break up any house parties at midnight or earlier! :-)