Irvine California City Guide

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Overview

ABOUT Irvine

In 1769, a Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola established forts, missions, and cattle herds in the area now known as Irvine, California. In 1821, following Mexico’s independence from Spain, the Mexican government distributed land to Mexican citizens.

Ownership of the lands became tangled up in the Mexican-American War, and in 1878, the Irvine family fell into ownership of a large portion of land that was named as Irvine in 1914. In 1947, the Irvine Company began designating areas for urban development.

In the 1960s, the Irvine Company began executing the design of a master-planned city that would join the Orange County, California area. On December 28, 1971, residents of Turtle Rock, University Park, Westpark (at the time named Culverdale), El Camino Real, and Walnut voted to incorporate a larger city than originally intended by the Pereira plan. Since then, Irvine has grown to be one of the best places to live in the entire United States of America.

From the start, Irvine was intentionally designed to be a modern, family-friendly city with a safe, affluent community. The lifestyles of Irvine’s residents are largely influenced by beautiful landscapes, outdoor retreats, and great shopping centers and eateries located nearby.

With an estimated population of over 266,000 residents, 45% of residents are Asian American, while 50% are white, 9.2% are Latino or Hispanic, and 1.8% are African American. 31.4% of the population are aged 25-44, and 14% are under the age of 18.

The majority hold college degrees and have high-income households. Irvine’s residents are all about giving back and enjoying life.

TOP Irvine HIGHLIGHTS

Top Ranked Schools
Fantastic Retail Options
Great Dining Establishments
Beautiful Parks
Signature Art and Entertainment
Nationally-Ranked Safety Statistics

Climate

Weather
Weather

Irvine’s annual average temperature is estimated to be 64.4°F. For reference, this average is about 3°F over the statewide average and is also 10°F over the national average. With this information in mind, Irvine sees a fair amount of sunny weather.

Irvine residents can expect monthly temperatures below 60°F during winter months. July and August typically are the hottest months of the year, during which the average temperature is about 73°F.

This part of California receives about 13 inches of rain per year, which is lower than the state’s average of 23 inches and the U.S. average of 38 inches. Irvine’s average annual humidity is roughly 80%.

Natural Disasters
Natural Disasters

The natural disasters most likely to hit Irvine are severe storms, floods and wildfires. Irvine is less likely to experience earthquakes than other parts of California. While the state has an earthquake index rating of 21.80, Irvine has a rating of 18.02.

Because of its close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, wildfires don’t usually reach the city. The most damaging and common type of natural disaster to affect residents are floods. Flash foods due to heavy rains and extreme thunderstorms are especially dangerous because they can cause landslides and mudslides.

Commute

Commute Time

Irvine Commute Time

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Commuter Transportation

Irvine Commuter Travel Behavior

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Commute

San Diego Freeway cuts through Irvine from the west and east, and Laguna Freeway runs from the south and northeast. As popular freeways, these roadways allow for fast transportation throughout Irvine’s neighborhoods.

Beyond Irvine, Crystal Cove State Park is just south of Irvine, and only a thirty minute drive from the center of Irvine will see you to the coast. Additionally, John Wayne Airport is located right outside of Irvine’s southwest border.

As one of the most customer-friendly airports in the country, John Wayne Airport makes national and international travel by air easy.

Crime Rate

Irvine is one of the safest cities in Orange County. The safest neighborhoods within the city are Lower Peters Canyon, Northwood and West Park.

Irvine has 49% less crime than the US average, which includes 85% less violent crime and 42% less property crime. The city experiences about 3,819 total crimes, 160 of which are violent crimes and 3,659 of which are property crimes. The most common types of crime are theft, burglary and vehicle theft.

Per 100,000 people, California has an average crime rate of 2,828, the US has an average of 2,580 and Irvine has an average of 1,326.

Local Government

Irvine City Council hold regular meetings on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month in the City Council Chamber located in Irvine City Hall. As the legislative branch of Irvine, the City Council also makes policies and oversees the city’s major goals.

The Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to advancing Irvine’s economic vitality through investing in Irvine’s community and businesses. The Irvine Chamber of Commerce represents more than 800 businesses in the area and offers elite membership for those who qualify.

The City of Irvine’s mayor serves on multiple committees, including but not limited to budget, health, revenue, education, and taxation. Many mayors also are involved with Orange County businesses and legal institutions. As a committed part of the Irvine community, the mayoral office is involved in the city’s charity fundraisers and local events.

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Demographic

Irvine Population 2020

Irvine’s population in 2010 was about 200,000, and the population in 2018 neared 266,000. The city’s estimated 10 year growth rate is 25%, and the annual growth rate is 3.57%.

An estimated 135,995 residents are female, which accounts for about 52% of the population. 129,507 residents are male, which equals roughly 48% of the population.

Irvine’s median resident age is 34. About 25% of the population is under 18 years old, and roughly 25% of other residents are between 20-34 years of age. From there, almost 30% of the population is between 35-54 years old. About 20% of residents are over the age of 55.

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Irvine Population Over Time

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Irvine Population by year

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Irvine Population by Sex

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Irvine Population by Age and Sex

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Irvine Diversity 2020

Almost 48% of Irvine residents are White alone. Another 42.3% of the city’s population is of Asian descent. About 2% of the population is Black or African American, while 5.2% of residents are biracial or multiracial.

About 50% of the city’s residents only speak English. Meanwhile, 13% of Irvine residents speak Chinese, Mandarin, or Cantonese. Another 9.8% of the city’s population is fluent in another Indo-European language. 6.2% of residents speak Spanish, and 6.3% speak Korean.

About 40% of Irvine’s population was born outside of the U.S. To compare, the statewide average is about 27%, and the U.S. average is 13.5%.

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3 Most Common Languages

Irvine Race & Ethnic Diversity

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Irvine Ancestry (Top 10)

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Irvine Languages Spoken (Top 10)

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Irvine Foreign born population

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Education

Irvine Education 2020

With 31 public elementary schools, 12 middle schools, and 8 high schools within its borders, Irvine has some of the best educational facilities in the state.

About 96% of the city’s adult population has earned a high school degree. 13.2% of residents have some college education, while 6.6% of residents have earned an associate’s degree. Another 68% of Irvine’s population has earned a bachelor’s degree. Meanwhile, 30% of residents have a graduate degree or a professional degree.

Irvine’s high school dropout rate is impressively low and tracks around 4%. To compare, this rate is three times lower than the U.S. average.

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Irvine Educational Attainment of Adults (25 years and over)

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Irvine Level of Education

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SCHOOLS IN Irvine

The schools of Irvine, CA distinguish themselves as a great contributor to why Irvine CA is one of the best places to raise a family in the entire United States of America. As the #1 Best School District in Orange County, IUSD earns top marks for excellence. Beyond high school,

Irvine is home to the University of California, Irvine. Irvine campuses are consistently and constantly praised for excellently qualified teachers who encourage students to do the best of their abilities in and outside of the classroom, in addition to providing necessary resources for counseling and college preparation.

GreatSchools, centered on how students are prepared for postsecondary success, lists Santiago Hills Elementary School, Lakeside Middle School, and University High School as only a few of the many 10/10 IUSD campuses. Overall, Irvine’s schools are highly acclaimed educational services.

Established June 6, 1972, Irvine Unified School District is a nationally recognized and ranked school district. Twenty-two elementary schools, six middle schools, and six comprehensive high schools make up IUSD. Since 1986, schools of IUSD have held the honor of receiving the California Distinguished School award 43 times in total.

Individually, all IUSD schools have earned the status of Blue Ribbon Schools, which is the top title able to be awarded for K-12 campuses. IUSD serves around 34,000 students with a student-teacher ratio of 30:1 and services Central, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast communities.

Schools

ELEMENTARY
The elementary schools of IUSD and other campuses, including private, are often highly reviewed primary school facilities with supportive, diverse community members. Many elementary schools are Blue Ribbon award-winning schools that include Santiago Hills Elementary, Turtle Rock Elementary, Vista Verde, and Orchard Hills School.
MIDDLE
The middle schools servicing Irvine’s neighborhoods are usually extremely diverse and focused on individual student improvement with an effort to eventually lead to overall success. Student-teacher ratios hover around the 30:1 mark, which means class sizes stay small so children can learn under careful guidance. These star campuses include Lakeside Middle School, Vista Verde, and Jeffrey Trail Middle.
HIGH
Both public and private high schools in Irvine feature state-of-the art facilities, multimedia resources, and often consist of campuses that have earned the Blue Ribbon School title from the U.S. Department of Education. Many are also California Distinguished Schools due to academic excellence, such as University High School, Woodbridge High School, and Irvine High School.
PRIVATE
Private School options range between Lutheran, Catholic, and non-religious institutions; however, all are dedicated to the academic and personal success of each and every student. Private schools can be found throughout Irvine’s neighborhoods. Spectrum Montessori, LePort Montessori, and New Horizon School are a few that specialize in unique approaches to challenging children and teens to achieve greater levels of success.

Real Estate

Irvine Housing 2020

2018 marked the 13th consecutive year Irvine earned the rank of the Safest City of 250,000 or more across the entire United States of America. WalletHub’s national ranking system placed Irvine as 27th in best real estate market thanks to Irvine’s attractive housing market and economic growth. Also, Irvine is ranked 2nd in the Best Places to Raise a Family survey.

Irvine, CA is comprised of prime real estate residential properties. The median sales price of properties on average shows a steady increase over the last four years from $750K to the last few years’ status of $870K. The last five years show the number of annual sales is expected to experience an upturn to 700 properties per year.

The number of rental properties also shows a steady increase from the last three years. These are only a few of Irvine’s attractive qualities.

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Irvine Home Appreciation Rates

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Irvine Home Value

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Irvine Median Home Value

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Irvine Median Gross Rent

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Irvine Home Ownership

Irvine Rent & Ownership

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Irvine Rent vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Irvine Household Type

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Irvine Occupied & Vacant Number of Homes and Apartments

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Irvine Property Taxes

Irvine Property Taxes Range

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Irvine Homes for Sale

Irvine, California is proud to uphold its lasting status as a secure and safe community that boosts its reputation as being one of the prime locations across the United States of America to raise a family. Irvine’s residential areas largely consist of high market value homes ranging from single family homes, condominiums, apartments, and new construction.

Homes typically are valued at or above the $700,000 mark, and the average price per square foot for Irvine properties traditionally sits around $400, while more higher-end properties reach $800 per square foot. On average,

Turtle Rock has higher-valued homes, University Town Center has more affordable housing, and the communities of Woodbridge, Northwood, and Orange County Great Park are priced higher per square foot.

As a master-planned city, Irvine’s neighborhoods are sleek, modern, and sophisticated: all are traits that continue to attract affluent residents to buy or rent properties and make Irvine their home.

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Economy

Irvine Economy 2020

Irvine’s median household income is almost $101K, while the estimated average salary is $107K. The per capita income in Irvine is $48K.

About 7% of Irvine’s population earns less than $25K each year. From there, 7.6% of the city’s population makes between $25K-$35K annually. A little over 10% of residents earn between $35K-$50K per year.

Meanwhile, roughly 12% of residents make between $50K-$65K each year. Another 6.7% of residents earn between $65K-$75K, while 16% make $75K-$100K. Almost 40% of Irvine residents earn more than $100K annually.

Irvine’s unemployment rate is 4.9%. A reported 13.3% of the city’s population lives in poverty.

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Irvine Median Household Income

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Irvine Per Capita Income

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Irvine Income Distribution

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Irvine Income Distribution by Gender in Common Jobs

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Irvine Income Distribution by Race and Ethnicity

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Employment

Irvine Unemployment Rate

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Irvine Employment Distribution by Age

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Irvine Employment Industries

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Cost of Living

Irvine, CA is an expensive city by both California and national standards. While the US cost of living average is rated at 100 and California is at 149.9, Irvine has a high rating of 187.1.

Some things, such as groceries and healthcare cost about the same as the California average. Utilities and transportation are less expensive in Irvine than in the rest of California. However, housing is much more expensive in Irvine.

Homes in Irvine cost about $864,400 in the city, which is $311,600 more than the average California home and $634,200 more than the US average.

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Irvine Poverty By Age and Gender

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Irvine Poverty By Race and Ethnicity

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Things to do

Amusement parks, natural beauty, outdoor activities, museums, retail therapy, and more: these are only a few of the many attractions in Irvine, CA. Visiting Irvine Spectrum Center is the #1 thing to do in Irvine known for excellent shopping and nightlife opportunities. Extreme Adventures offers the chance to drive exotic sports cars with a pro instructor in the passenger’s seat. The Irvine Museum is a local gem that showcases Californian artists and a lovely collection with no entrance fee. Orange County Great Park has it all, from a large sports complex to historic collections to a giant hot air balloon ride. Explore San Joaquin wildlife Sanctuary, photograph birds, and walk along pristine water. And of course, Disney California is only 10 miles away. Irvine’s neighborhoods has it all: from the best of urban living with shopping centers and a range of restaurants to the great outdoors of California.
Parks & Recreation
Irvine is nationally recognized for well-planned parks, open space areas, greenbelts, and interconnected bike networks. With 19 community parks and more than 40 neighborhood parks, visitors have a range of locations to choose from. Plus, regional parks and wildlife reserves are also nearby.
Shopping
Irvine has several shopping options that cover a range of needs. Whether you’re looking for an intimate outdoor setting or a conglomerate of the top-rated shops and stores, Irvine has a location for you. The Irvine Spectrum Center, the Diamond Jamboree, Harvard Place Shopping Center, and Orchard Hills Shopping Center are only a handful of the many locations.
Art & Culture
Irvine is big on art and culture, as seen through the city’s large number of attractions. The Irvine Fine Arts Center is open for art classes, events, exhibitions, and studio programs for all ages. The Irvine Museum houses a rotating display section of American art and CA landscapes. These are only two of Irvine’s shining stars in arts and culture.
Night Life
Pubs, bars, lounges, oh my! Irvine has it all, from watering holes with craft brews on tap to coastal-inspired craft cocktails in modern surroundings. Whether you’re looking for a cozy, intimate night out or a fun night dancing and singing karaoke with friends, Irvine has you covered.
Restaurants
The local cuisine of Irvine features upscale eateries that serve anything from burgers to sushi to French entrees. While there are many familiar chains that can be found in Irvine’s neighborhoods, highly-rated locally owned businesses like Two Left Forks, Habana Restaurant, and HiroNori Craft Ramen promise to delight the senses.
IRVINE NEIGHBORHOODS

All in all, there are 24 neighborhoods in Irvine, CA. Of the 24 villages, Woodbridge is the largest neighborhood according to population and also has an almost nonexistent crime rate and perfect weather. Great Park has lovely amenities and a nice cost of living ratio with housing. Turtle Rock, Oak Creek, and University Park all typically consist of high value market homes with amazing educational opportunities.

Northwood Point, West Park, Walnut Village, and El Camino Real are only a few of the top-rated places to live in Irvine, CA. The largest neighborhoods in Irvine besides Woodbridge are Northwood, West Park, and Lowers Peters Canyon according to population density.

The Irvine Spectrum Center is a prime retail and shopping destination, while the Great Park area is best known for its stunning natural landmarks and nearby proximity to Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park and the Limestone Canyon Regional Park. All in all, Irvine’s neighborhoods enjoy low crime ratings, high satisfaction rates, and make up a cohesive, diverse city.

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