Irvine is a sub-urban incorporated city in Orange County, California state of United States Country. It is a planned city developed by the Irvine Company since 1960’s. In 2008, this city was chosen as the 4th best place to live in the United States by the CNNMoney.com because of its good schools, jobs and housing. Irvine is home to a number of corporations, particularly in technology and the semiconductor sectors.
- According U.S. Census data as of January 1, 2012 – the total population of the city was nearly 223, 729.
- Based on 2010 data, the Dominant race is Hispanics.
- The city has a total area of 66.454 square miles.
- This city has tornado activity 72% less than the US average and significantly higher than California average.
- Earthquake activity in the city is a little less than California average and is 2380% higher than US average.
- The city was last hit by tornadoes in 1982 and Earthquakes (last occurred in 1999).
- Lakes and Reservoirs: North Lake, Laguna Reservoir, Sand Canyon Reservoir.
- Streams, rivers and creeks: Bonita Creek, Bee Canyon Wash, Rattlesnake Canyon Wash, Hicks Canyon Wash, etc.
- Irvine gets 13 inches rainfall per year and 0 inches snowfall.
- Around 84 degrees is the highest temperature in July and 41 degrees is the lowest temperature in January.
- The best time to visit this place is mid-June to August. Even you can travel year round.
History & Culture
- According to the Archeological research, early inhabitants of the Irvine area were Gabrielino Indians. These people established dozens of villages in this area. San Joaquin marsh is one of the villages in that area.
- In 1769, Gaspar De Partola, a Spanish explorer entered in the San Joaquin area and ended tranquil life of the Gabrielinos.
- In 1831, after gaining independence from Spain, the Mexican government secularized the missions and distributed the lands to the Mexican citizens who applied for grants.
- During World War 1, Agriculture had intensified and by 1918, some 60,000 acres of Lima beans were grown on the Irvine Ranch.
- In 1959, the University of California asked the Irvine Company for 1,000 acres for a new campus and they got.
- This city was officially incorporated on December28, 1971.
- Today, Irvine has grown into what many describe as a “total destination”, a community boasting state-of-the-art transportation programs and systems, an enterprising business environment, stellar educational institutions, and a team-like lifestyle.
- Cultural Festivals and Events: Seasonal events like Irvine arts studio festival, great park anniversary celebration, great park outdoor dance/concert series are held in summer, Irvine global village festival, great park pumpkin harvest are held in fall, and joyful jingles, the great skate events held in winter. Special events like cirque Du soleil – kooza are held in the city. The timings and places of these events will change.
- The employment rate (recent and future job growth) of Irvine city is 0.60% and 33.10%.
- Per Ca-pita Income of the city is $ 44,098.
- Cost of living index (March 2012) is 126.0 which is higher than the U.S average (100).
- Most common industries of Irvine people working in are Educational services, Accommodation And Food Services, Computer and Electronic products, Construction, Professional, Scientific and technical services, Healthcare, etc.
- 1st Safest ‘Big city in America’ for eight consecutive years (2004-2012).
- It is home to the University of California, Which is the 2nd newest campus established in 1965 in the UC system after University of California, Merced.
- It has been rated one of the top cities for start-up businesses and its strong, fast growing economy helped place Orange County as one of the top ten fastest growing job markets.
- Irvine is a best place which offers an array of entertainment, dining, shopping to all age groups of people.
- Tourist attractions: Pretend City Children Museum, Great Park Balloon, the Irvine Museum, Irvine Ranch Historic Park, Wild Rivers Water Park and many more.
Few Quick Facts You Need To Know When You Are Traveling To This City:
- Common modes of transportation include mostly drove a car alone, carpooled, by walk, bicycle, and others.
- Zip codes: 92602, 92603, 92604, 92606, 92612, 92614, 92616, 92618, 92619, 92620.
- Irvine Violent Crime Rate is 2 on a scale from (1 to 10) (here 1 is lower). It is composed of offenses like murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rapes, robbery. Property crime rate is 3 which include offenses like theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.
- Nearest Railway stations: Amtrak Station.
- Nearest Airport: John Wayne Airport 3 miles center of Irvine, Long Beach Airport 22 miles from Irvine, CA.
- Nearest cities and towns: El Toro, Tustin, San Joaquin Hills, Tustin Foot Hills, Santa Ana, etc.
- There are good number of hotels and motels in the city (some are fire proof) which provide hygienic food and convenient lodging.
- Few visitor guidelines – It is illegal to smoke in public places. You will not have facility of public transportation to see some of the best attractions the city. While driving everyone must wear a seat-belt, and should follow the speed limits posted on highways.