Livability Awards

A+ Irvine Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Irvine Cost of Living Cost of living is 27% higher than California
17878% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Irvine cost of living
A+ Irvine Crime Total crime is 53% lower than California
Total crime
1,32649% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 7649% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-9%Year over year crime is down
Irvine crime
B Irvine Employment Household income is 47% higher than California
Median household income
$93,82370% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$45,14051% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%13% lower than the US average
Irvine employment
D+ Irvine Housing Home value is 76% higher than California
Median home value
$718,800289% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,997110% higher than the US average
Home ownership
48%25% lower than the US average
Irvine real estate or Irvine rentals
A+ Irvine Schools HS graduation rate is 20% higher than California
High school grad. rates
96%16% higher than the US average
School test scores
75%52% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
24:152% higher than the US average
Irvine K-12 schools or Irvine colleges

Living in Irvine, CA

Irvine, California is a large city with a population of 246,992 inhabitants. Irvine has a population density of 3,766 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. Individuals of White (49%) and Asian (41%) backgrounds make up a significant portion of the population of Irvine. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 80% of the population considered married and 48% with kids under the age of 18, Irvine could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Whether you’re moving to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Irvine could be a positive experience compared to other cities in California if you know where to search. Finding the best places to live in Irvine and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes crime, weather, housing and other important metrics.

Using data and statistics Irvine has received a livability score of 82/100. This score is ranked in the 96th percentile when compared to all other cities. Compared to the United States average, Irvine ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! Irvine is also ranked in the top 10 percentile of all cities across the USA. If we take a closer look at each of the categories individually, we see that Irvine ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A+), weather (A+), education (A+) and employment (B). On a less positive note, Irvine does not have favorable grades for the following: cost of living (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Irvine on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Irvine: Irvine Spectrum Center, Orange County Great Park, and Boomers! Irvine.

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Irvine gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 61 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

Unemployment rates can range pretty dramatically from one city to another. Knowing that Irvine has an unemployment rate of 0% probably means that there are ample job opportunities for you to consider as it is far below the national average.

The average school test scores in Irvine are 75%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Irvine is actually affordable. The median home price for Irvine homes is $718,800, which is 75.6% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Irvine, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 7.7, which is 20.3% higher than the California average. Real estate appreciation rates in Irvine are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Irvine homes comes in at 4.7%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 6%.

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Compare Irvine, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Irvine, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Great Park, Irvine863.4185
Turtle Rock, Irvine813.310,223
Oak Creek, Irvine810.411,939
Woodbridge, Irvine801.725,315
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Northwood Point, Irvine8034,857
University Park, Irvine802.58,436
West Park, Irvine802.723,037
Walnut Village, Irvine792.49,197

Best Cities Near Irvine, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
La Cañada Flintridge, CA8544.220,477
Hermosa Beach, CA8538.119,726
Manhattan Beach, CA8438.835,573
San Marino, CA8436.413,324
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
South Pasadena, CA8337.125,936
Newport Beach, CA831086,813
Laguna Woods, CA835.116,347
Irvine, CA820246,992

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What's not to like?

If you like well tended homes that exude Pride Of Ownership, quality dining choices, top quality malls and attractions, great award-winning schools, University of California Irvine's gorgeous campus, generous speed limits, the most professional police force in the United State, extremely low crime rates, and year-after-year acknowledgement of being the safest city in the nation, then Irvine is definitely for you. Some people think that the residents are snobby, but we are not. If you are young and have not made it yet, or older and never will, then this is not the place for you. We are all inclusive of successful people from all backgrounds and races. If you are not so successful, well.... there is also La Habra, or Moreno Valley for you.
  • 2 -4
A real-life Stepford Wives kinda of town

This city pretty much only have it's good educational system. Everything else is coated in a fake veneer. There are a lot of cookie cutter homes (due to the Irvine company) in master-planned communities. The restaurants and stores are mostly chains. There is no ounce of authenticity here. If you're old or just like living in the color beige, this town is for you. If you are young or have a young family, look elsewhere. It honeslty felt like living in one giant retirement community crammed with people fighting for parking at Sprouts. I rather have my kids live in a place that has more diversity (financial and racial). Having only high income people from only two races is not diversity!

Also, there is nothing "lush" about this place. Idk where that over reviewer got that. It's chaparral so it looks like desert.
  • 4 -3
Gorgeous safe city!

Such a wonderful and pleasant city to raise your family. The crime rate is very low, but the housing is very expensive. Home values continue to rise and the colleges are top notch. Most average students cannot attend UCI college without high grades and the surrounding area is beautiful. Of course your in Orange County where the jobs are good and you still have Los Angeles and San Diego County around you. You are close to the beach, Newport Beach is just minutes behind the UCI college campus. The community is safe and the people are professional. This is one of the top cities around the OC! Businesses are doing well and plenty of jobs around the city. Enjoy passing through and checking us out. Anaheim stadium is not too far either. Best place ever to raise your family, but housing is expensive for a reason.
  • 5 -5
Worst place ever

Irvine, Great Park is filled with snobbish Indians and Chinese. They are rude, disrespectful, lack consideration and are extremely selfish. They have cliques and usually speak in their languages.They brought their caste systems in Great Park too. They have made all the parks private. Everybody else who live in Great Park can not access the parks' bathrooms and pools. There is poo and urine smell all over the place. Irresponsible dogs owners don't pick up after their dogs and they often leave the poo in bags where ever they want.These snobbish don't allow any bus or shuttle for those who don't have cars. People they perceive to be poor, must stay on their one street (3 blocks). Also, there is no public library nor food stores around. The arrogants drive so fast and don't let pedestrians cross at stop signs.Five Point, Real estate, greedy Fascists who own the land in this area make all the discrimination rules and had closed the only access to Amtrak station.
  • 7 -10
Irvine, CA - The Last Pleasant College Town In Southern California

Irvine, with its lush landscapes, is well known for being home to one of the best University of California campuses. Compiled student and success ratings have stayed among the highest consistently. Prospective University of California students should research this school and would likely prefer it over the others. Because Irvine is a college town, the nightlife, bar and restaurant venue choices are plentiful and exciting.

I live fairly close to Irvine and visit frequently. I am always in search of the best restaurants in the metro area of Los Angeles and there have been a couple in Irvine that stand out across the city. Yard House is a unique and friendly environment. Beer choices are endless and the food is fresh and delicious. Taiko House, featuring authentic Japanese cuisine, is sure to delight anyone. Generous helpings ensure that nobody leaves hungry. Staff and prices are great and the restaurant is immaculate.

Those seeking to relocate to Irvine may be disappointed in the real estate prices of average houses. Despite the economic situation, housing prices have been continually hovering at high rates. Those who can afford the prices will not be disappointed, as the city of Irvine is a very strong and friendly community.
  • 2 -1
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Source: The Irvine, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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