Irvine, CA
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Irvine is a relatively large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 256,927 people and 33 constituent neighborhoods, Irvine is the 16th largest community in California.

Irvine home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Irvine real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Irvine is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 94.70% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Irvine is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Irvine who work in management occupations (16.29%), sales jobs (11.73%), and office and administrative support (10.02%).

Also of interest is that Irvine has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Irvine is also a city of artists. Irvine has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Irvine’s character.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.28% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Irvine is a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Irvine has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Irvine enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Irvine.

Irvine is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Irvine, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Irvine is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 66.42% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Irvine in 2010 was $43,836, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $175,344 for a family of four. However, Irvine contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Irvine is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Irvine home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Irvine residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Irvine also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.05% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Irvine include English, Irish, Iranian, and Italian.

In addition, Irvine has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (38.48%).

The most common language spoken in Irvine is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Korean.