Irvine, California has maintained its position as the safest city in America for 11 year in a row. Located in Orange County, Irvine leading in very low percentage crime rate and saw NO MURDERS in 2014. Even with relatively small police force, Irvine shows a remarkably low violent crime compared to other cities in the US.
The City of Irvine was incorporated on December 28, 1971, under the general laws of the State of California. Irvine is one of the nation’s largest planned urban communities and encompasses more than 65 square miles. The city contract for fire and medical services with the County of Orange, and have three independent districts: library, educational and utility services. Other government services include: animal control; building and safety regulation and inspection; general administrative services; planning and zoning; police; public facility/capital improvement construction; recreation and cultural programs; refuse collection and recycling; street lighting; street maintenance; landscape maintenance and transportation management.
Population in 2013: 236,716 (100% urban, 0% rural). Population change since 2000: +65.5%
Median resident age: 34.8 years
California median age: 35.7 years
Estimated median household income in 2013: $87,830
Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $662,000
Education / Schools
The Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) (link is external) consistently ranks among the finest educational systems in the nation. Irvine schools offer innovative educational programs, open-style classrooms, team-teaching, some schools with year-round terms, and excellent community involvement. IUSD educates a diverse student population numbering over 24,000 (K-12), in 22 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 4 comprehensive high schools, and 1 continuation high school.
IUSD is supported by its nonprofit partner, Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF), which provides financial support and enrichment programs for all students. Click here to learn more. (link is external)
Irvine students consistently lead Orange County in SAT test scores, and more than 90 percent of their high school graduates attend college. IUSD has nationally recognized schools; student performance well-above state and national comparisons; and comprehensive programs in academics, the arts, and athletics. Since becoming a unified district in 1972, Irvine’s neighborhood schools have been a clear reflection of the neighborhoods they serve. The contributions of creative site-based management teams, talented and caring teachers, involved parents, and supportive business and community leaders have, together, made a difference to a district where student achievement is the priority, where values are an integral part of the curriculum, and where a strategic plan for the future is in place.
The IUSD Board of Trustees meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month and are cablecast on Cox Communications Channel 3.
The Tustin Unified School District (TUSD) (link is external) serves residents who live in the western and northern areas of Irvine. TUSD has a long history of excellence that continues to grow and be enriched by the accomplishments of its students, teachers, staff and community. The District has 17 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 2 comprehensive high schools, a continuation high school, and alternative and adult education programs.
In the past decade, nine schools in TUSD have been recognized as either state or nationally distinguished schools. Two elementary schools are National Exemplary Schools, and a middle school and a high school are National Blue Ribbon Schools. Five other schools–an elementary, two middle and two high schools–are California Distinguished Schools. High standards of excellence in academics, visual and performing arts, and athletics are the hallmarks for
Tustin schools along with a major emphasis on educational technology in the classrooms. Tustin schools consistently score well on state tests. TUSD students receive top scores among state schools on annual standardized tests. Foothill and Tustin high schools have produced scores of National Merit Scholars. Nearly 90 percent of all district graduates attend colleges and universities.
The TUSD Board of Directors meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in the Board Room of the District Administration Center, 300 South C Street in Tustin. The meetings are cablecast on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. on Comcast Community Channel 3 and Saturdays at 4 p.m. on Cox Communications Channel 31.
University of California at Irvine (UCI) (link is external) is one of the nation’s top academic institutions; Concordia University (link is external) is a four-year liberal arts institution.
Irvine Valley (link is external), Santiago Canyon and Orange Coast community colleges offer extensive full-time, part-time and evening classes in a variety of disciplines.
California State University Fullerton – Irvine Campus (link is external) was established in 2002 to meet the higher education needs of central and south Orange County. The branch campus offers many of the resources of a large university in a smaller, more personal learning environment. Located at 3 Banting, in Irvine, over 3200 students are enrolled in one of over 30 majors/programs that are offered. The Irvine Campus offers upper-division, graduate level and teacher credentialing courses as well as courses through University Extended Education.
POINT OF INTEREST
Irvine offers convenient access to many of the activities of Orange County, but it’s also true that Irvine attractions offer much to see and do right here.