Irvine, CA
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Living in Irvine


Irvine is a large city located in the state of California. With a population of 307,670 people and 49 constituent neighborhoods, Irvine is the 14th 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 94.22% 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 (15.72%), sales jobs (11.42%), and business and financial occupations (10.85%).

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: 12.80% 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.

In addition, Irvine is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on the local Irvine culture, lifestyle and music scene. In fact, Irvine is one of only a few big cities that are also major college towns. The combination of big city status and thousands of college students gives Irvine on one hand, a sophisticated style, while on the other also provides a youthful feel and lots of diversions and entertainment for students. Believe it or not, Irvine is one of the biggest "college towns" in America, generating lift to the economy of the entire region, and issuing forth thousands of newly-minted college students every spring, powering the innovation economy, the arts, and a lively club scene.

This makes Irvine a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Irvine presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

Of the large cities in America, Irvine is one of the most car-oriented. This is reflected in the urban landscape, which features highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers of all sizes. It is also reflected in the statistics: 81.58% of people in Irvine drive to work in their own car everyday, most often alone. So, if you're going to live in Irvine, you'll need to learn to love driving. Alternative forms of transportation aren't very widely used or supported.

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 69.45% 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 $51,138, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $204,552 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 10.70% 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 39.51% of the city’s population.

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