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Overall Niche Grade
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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 an urban suburban mix 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
Urban Suburban Mix
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
    23.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    13.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    18.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    215.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    985.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    68.7
    284

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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Have you watch The Truman Show? This is what Irvine is! Yes, it is nice, green, clean and everyone is happy. BUT it seems like they follow the same routine..work, play with a child at the playground, smile to your neighbor, go back to your ideal home, go to the beach or hike on the weekend and repeat. Neighbors do not talk with each other or when they do it feels fake. It is a motor city where no one walks on the streets. Parks and trails are beautiful, outdoor life is great, but this is it!
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Rated one of the safest cities, Irvine is a great city for families. While it may sound boring and static, overall life here happens consistently. A majority of the residents that make Irvine are families, as it's known for their great schools. The best thing about Irvine in my opinion is their food scene. Over the years, Irvine has acquired a food scene consisting of an overload of incredible Asian cuisine. However, we still have amazing Italian, American, and Mexican options - we're just known for our Asian eats. Another great thing about Irvine is it's location. Being halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego gives you great day trip opportunities to explore or see a concert and being a short distant away from the beach means you can make a splash without a moments thought. If you're more the mountainous type, Irvine is surrounded by great hills that are great for long hikes.
We moved here from Georgia 1.5 years ago. I was happy to be leaving a backwards Republican conservative Christian state, but soon discovered that Orange County is no different, except for the legal marijuana, which the local governments only allow to be sold in Santa Ana, a poor area.. Sure the weather in SoCal is great, but the Santa Ana winds come regularly and blow down trees and power lines. My husband and I make over 200K between us, and still can’t afford a decent house. I made $55/hr in GA and only $60/hr here, but houses cost 3-4x as much. There is no sense of neighborhood and community here - they are selfish and entitled. About 85% of our neighbors are Asian, the rest middle eastern, and many speak little English. African Americans are a rare sight. Homeless is huge in CA and would be in Irvine too, except the cops pick them up and “relocate” them out of the city. The Irvine schools are excellent, but the public schools in most of the rest of Orange County are bad.