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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
    B+
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

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
    23.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    16.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    19.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    227.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,019.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    70.3
    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 a city that elicits mixed opinions from its residents. It's value and appeal, however, cannot be underestimated in any circumstance. Irvine is home to an abundance of renowned restaurants. It's reputation is embellished by beautiful residential and top tier school districts as well. Not only that, our city is also notorious as the safest city in Southern California, with impressively low crime rates and juvenile occurrence. As for me, I have few complaints about the city itself. My experience has been one of fortunate education and comfort in the community aspect of the city. However, others have voiced that the activity of Irvine is restricted to food-related ventures or monotonous views. The city is beautiful and treats its inhabitants well; it simply brings about a small degree of restriction because of its sterile, residential-based atmosphere.
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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.
Irvine is a beautiful and safe city. They have excellent public schools with teachers who actively engage in the subject that they are teaching as well as often being there if students need help. The community is welcoming and the residents are actively involved in their children's safety as well as education. The food is delicious with many types of ethnic foods surrounding the city. There are many parks surrounding the city with many families taking walks or exercising. The only thing that I would change about Irvine is trying to maintain the cleanness of the road as well as increasing precautions. Other than that, Irvine is a beautiful city that is still prospering with its diverse population, incredible and ethnic foods, as well as places for families to create memories and exercise.