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 266,122 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 94.55% 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 (16.41%), sales jobs (11.86%), and office and administrative support (9.85%).
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: 7.56% 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 made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Irvine is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.
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.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Irvine is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Irvine, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
If knowledge is power, Irvine is a pretty powerful place. 68.01% 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 $45,140, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $180,560 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 Irish, English, Iranian, and Italian.
Irvine also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 38.97%.
The most common language spoken in Irvine is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Korean.