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Irvine, CA
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Irvine profile

Living in Irvine

Irvine is a large city located in the state of California. With a population of 313,685 people and 49 constituent neighborhoods, Irvine is the 14th largest community in California. There's nothing like the smell of a brand new house, and in Irvine, you'll find that a large proportion of houses were recently built. New growth in residential real estate is an indication that people are choosing to move to Irvine, and putting down their money on brand new construction. Irvine’s real estate is, on average, some of the newest in the nation. Irvine does seem to be experiencing an influx of affluent people, because the median household income is $114,027.00.

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.

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.

A relatively large number of people in Irvine telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 18.53% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

In addition, Irvine also has a very large population of students, making it a major college town. As often the case, having so many students around has a strong influence on the local culture. In fact, Irvine is one of only a few big cities that are also major college towns, making it one of the nation's prominent intellectual centers. In addition, the presence of thousands of college students gives Irvine a sophisticated style, and provides lots of diversions and entertainment for students. Being a big "college town" not only means that Irvine has a burgeoning arts, music, and nightclub scene, but the innovation sector of the local economy receives a great boost from both the intellectual output of the faculty and the thousands of enthusiastic students who graduate every spring.

Not only is Irvine a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Irvine is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Irvine a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Irvine is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.

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 68.65% 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 2018 was $53,857, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $215,428 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 Asian, followed by White. Irvine also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.92% of the city’s residents. 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 39.44% of the city’s population.

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