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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 265,502. 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
$797,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,259
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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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
    23.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    17.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    22.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    196.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,054.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    55.7
    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
    30%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    39%
    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
$100,969
National
$55,322
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Boy has Irvine changed! It used to be a wonderful place to live. The Irvine Company has ruined it because they only care about pushing housing prices, apartment rents, and commercial property rents to the I think degree. They have stopped renewing leases on the restaurants residents love and favorite restaurants are gone, as are grocery stores and other shops. Everything is being replaced by Asian owned restaurants and businesses who have the money to pay exorbitant rents. Big houses have postage size lots with small patios instead of nice yards. So sad because it is safe here due to our wonderful police department. The Irvine Company has ruined our culture here.
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I really enjoy this city because of how clean and open the roads are; overall the city feels breathable due to the low amount of tall buildings and offers several places to surround yourself with nature on a hike. One of my favorite places to visit is the Irvine Spectrum mall because of the many places to shop, eat and socialize. I love coming with my friends and family to take the day off and simply enjoy each others company watching a movie or racing a competitive match on Mario Cart at Dave and Busters! The Great Park also has many fun activities like hopping onto the carousel or (my personal favorite) viewing the whole city and become mesmerized by the landscape from a hot air balloon. This city is truly one of my favorites and holds many dear memories of me and my loved ones.
Irvine is a wonderful city, especially for families because the education system is very strong. The neighborhoods are safe and there is lots of diversity in Irvine, as you'll find lots of food from all different cuisines and tastes. There is not much convenient public transportation in Irvine, so having a car is necessary to get around to most places. Public areas are clean and well-maintained, and people are very down-to-earth here!