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 277,453 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 93.91% 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 (16.32%), sales jobs (11.36%), and business and financial occupations (9.84%).
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: 7.31% 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.
This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Irvine is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.
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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
If knowledge is power, Irvine is a pretty powerful place. 67.49% of the adults in Irvine have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Irvine in 2010 was $46,246, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $184,984 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. Important ancestries of people in Irvine include German, Irish, English, Iranian, and Italian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Irvine's cultural character, accounting for 39.58% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Irvine is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Korean.