Irvine, CA
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Living in Irvine


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 282,572 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 93.67% 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 (15.62%), sales jobs (11.52%), and business and financial occupations (10.93%).

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 7.71% 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.

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.

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. 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 68.54% 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 $48,166, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $192,664 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 10.30% 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 40.37% of the city’s population.

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